Motorist urged to check Waimana Gorge open hours

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A message for those travelling through the Waimana Gorge this evening to use the detour route after dark.

The transport agency reopened the gorge today, but only in daylight hours between 7am and 5:30pm.

This is because crews have enough visibility during the day to monitor the site and ensure the area remains safe for people to travel.

However at night, staff are unable to do this and will close the gorge until 7 tomorrow morning.

Motorists are asked to take the detour route through Ohope and Wainui if travelling after 5pm.

Updates are available via the NZTA website.

Sam Gardner