Roads, footpaths and bridges

Roading primary

Road Maintenance Updates

Maintenance works for our August programme were completed, with additional work during the month to meet customer requests.

Key activities completed in August:

  • Drainage maintenance
  • Maintenance metalling
  • Maintenance grading
  • Traffic count programme continued



We are working with our contractor and their consultant with footpath rating analysis, and the programme for maintenance and renewals. Permanent reinstatement of footpaths will begin once Chorus has completed the installation of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB). 


Route 70

NCTIR work is well underway on Route 70. Read the latest bulletin from NCTIR here. To receive email updates about NCTIR work email


Read the monthly Council 'Works and Services' Committee papers.



Kaikōura District Council's road maintenance contract includes all roading maintenance, footpath maintenance, bridge repairs, periodic maintenance renewals and resealing. It is valued at around $1.5million per year.

Our road network includes 84 km of sealed roads, 101 km of unsealed roads, 37 km of footpaths and 43 bridges. As part of the ongoing SH1 restoration work, the Inland Road is being maintained by NZTA.

In July 2018, following a S17a review, Council signed a new road maintenance contract joining the NZTA Network Outcomes Contract with Downer as our roading contractor. The main reasons were:

  • The need for regular inspections by the contractor to identify immediate faults
  • The need for the contractor to inform long term programming that prioritises work within Council's limited budgets (so that we make best use of the funds available)
  • The need for Council's limited in-house resources to focus on long term direction as opposed to day-to-day work programming and problem response
  • The need to fulfill the required level of Health and Safety provision for staff and public
  • The need for locally based management of sub-contractors and work programmes
  • The opportunity for coordinated access to specialist activities aligned with State Highway activities for efficiency (such as road marking, reseals, roughness surveys)
  • The opportunity for efficient access to specialist support services (such as bridge inspection, geotechnical assessment, pavement design)
  • Access to a wider resource pool based locally
  • Effective collaboration and prioritisation of emergency response
  • Efficient procurement and management of Kaikōura District Council contracts

About Network Outcomes Contracts

NOC is a single contract model (inclusive of physical works and network management functions) and a combination of outcome and output performance based measures. This type of contract was developed to meet constrained maintenance budgets. This contracting model will ensure efficiency and effectiveness through strategic asset management and focused service delivery

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 Last updated: 21 October 2019