Highways to reopen after tree falls

The fallen tree on State Highway 5. Photos: Waka Kotahi

Roading contractors are working to clear a fallen tree on State Highway 5.

Both SH5 and SH47 in the Central North Island were closed on Tuesday due to multiple large fallen trees blocking the road.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency SH47 is now open.

"Waka Kotahi is aiming to have State Highway 5 reopened by lunchtime."

Waikato System Manager Cara Lauder says contractors were unable to remove the trees until the strong winds die down, making it safe to do so.

“Please follow the detours or to delay unnecessary travel where possible.

“These are big trees and people should steer clear of the area for their safety.”

The fallen tree on SH47.

Cara encourages motorists to check the Waka Kotahi interactive Journey Planner website ( for up-to-date information about their intended route before setting out.

“Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.”

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Did anybody hear it?

Posted on 20-02-2021 16:04 | By morepork

I only ask because there is a theory that if a tree falls and nobody hears it, it isn’t really real. It would save a big clean-up...

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Posted on 17-02-2021 14:45 | By

The tree’s on Waihi Road by Oak Lane . . . Council should bring them down before they do so of their own accord crushing, maiming or killing people. VERY UNSAFE.