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NZTA update on State Highway 25 - Thames Coast Road

01 February 2019

In the wake of the January 2018 storm, the NZ Transport Agency installed protective rock walls at Te Mata, Ngarimu and Thornton Bays to prevent further damage to State Highway 25, the Thames Coast Road.

Thames Coast RdNow NZTA is looking to develop a permanent solution, one which provides some protection for the road and houses from storm damage and erosion, but allows residents and visitors access to the beach.

NZTA have worked with a specialist coastal engineer to develop some ideas as to how they can achieve this and they would like to hear your thoughts on what they are proposing for these areas.

Once they have identified some proposed solutions, they will need to seek funding approval for this project as it has not yet been confirmed.

You can look through the options and share your views with NZTA  by going to the website. They also have a downloadable form which you can print, fill in and send back to or to the postal address which is included in the form.

Please send your feedback by Friday 22 February.

What else is happening on SH25/SH25A

Thames Coast Rd NZTA are finishing off design work on the following projects that will help make the road more resilient to the effects of storms and heavy rain. These are:

  • Boundary Creek - A rock wall to protect against erosion.
  • Kereta Hill - A retaining wall.
  • Kuaotunu Hill - Retaining walls at two sites.

All of these projects are expected to be built by the middle of 2019.

In addition to this there will be about 5km of seal repairs on State Highway 25 north of Thames over the summer, with around 12km of resurfacing planned on the remainder of State Highway 25.

For more information on the SH25/SH25A Thames-Coromandel project, contact or visit