Transport, Roads and Road Safety

Our transportation network comprises 704km of roads (504km sealed and 200km unsealed), 199 bridges (including footbridges and fords), 3,093 streetlights, over 8,000 culverts and drainage structures, 302km of footpaths and associated assets such as signs, rails and structures.

A well-maintained roading network enables economic activity and growth by allowing for the efficient transport of goods and services and by promoting visitor access to the Coromandel. Road safety is also improved as part of proactive road maintenance. However, Council’s roading network is not guaranteed to be free from defects at all times and Council accepts no liability for damage caused when using the road. People using roads do so at their own risk. Drive to the local conditions and remember that conditions may vary along a stretch of road.

The public has no right to undertake works of any kind within the road reserve, including the installation of any temporary or permanent signage.


While our Council has a legal obligation to maintain roads within the district, the Council determines the service level at which roads are maintained and whether or not a road is maintained if the public benefit is limited.

Our Council’s transport management decisions are shaped by its Roading Activity Management Plan, which is underpinned by the Waikato Regional Land Transport Strategy and the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport.

Our role includes ensuring new roads constructed through land development projects meet the District Plan requirements, including appropriate levels of service standards. Our local road network is maintained through multi-year maintenance contracts and is renewed and improved through annual resurfacing, pavement reconstruction, widening and minor improvement contracts.

Our Council manages the district transportation network and funds the ongoing costs for most transportation activities from both rates and investment (subsidy) from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).

NZTA subsidises road activities that meet their investment criteria to 51% from 2020/21. This means that the true cost of the district transportation activity is approximately double that funded by rate revenue.

Our communities want effective transportation networks, and our aim is to provide safe, reliable and accessible roads around the district with consideration for the environment.

To do this our Council is involved in the planning, provision, development, operation and maintenance of a district transport network for various modes of travel and for public access.

State Highways within our district are managed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and are not part of our Council's transport plan.

NOTE - The public has no right to undertake works of any kind within the road reserve including the installation of any temporary or permanent signage without the consent of the District Council as the Road Controlling Authority (RCA). Any unconsented works would be a breach of Section 357 of the Local Government Act 1974, an offence that may be subject to criminal prosecution resulting in fines or jail.

Before planning any works within the road reserve please contact us to discuss them.

Holiday Traffic Delays

The Coromandel Peninsular is a favourite holiday destination for many New Zealanders, and as a result there may be traffic delays during holiday periods. Thames-Coromandel District Council plans works to take place outside those periods, and places a work embargo over holiday periods to ensure the minimum of disruption is caused. Only urgent or emergency works will normally be undertaken during these periods.

Road closures or traffic management for holiday events may take place over the holiday periods. These will be noted above, but please listen to local radio stations for traffic information on potential delays.

Works on State Highways

Works on state highways in the Thames-Coromandel District Council area are managed by Waka Kotahi (The New Zealand Transport Agency) and undertaken by Higgins under the East Waikato Network Outcomes Contract (NOC). For any request for works or events on the state highway network or for more information on the SH25/SH25A contact Waka Kotahi on or see

If you see a problem on state highways, call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to alert the call centre team who will bring this to the attention of the contractor.

You can register for traffic alerts for your journey here.

For updates on state highway conditions visit the Waka Kotahi website.

You can also check the Waka Kotahi Facebook page.