Black ice is present throughout the network following recent rainfall. We expect it to affect our roads for the rest of the week. Grit trucks are currently patrolling and gritting priority roads and will work through the network as they can. Updates available on our Facebook page.

Upper Clutha Safety Improvements Programme

Work to improve roads and intersections in several locations around Wānaka and the Upper Clutha.

About the programme of works

We’re upgrading several intersections and roads around Wānaka and the Upper Clutha as part of a continuing programme of works with NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi to improve safety for road users in the area.

These road safety improvements are partially funded by NZTA as part of New Zealand’s national road safety strategy.

Projects underway

  • Work on the new roundabout at the intersection of Ballantyne Road and Riverbank Road in Wānaka is pausing in June for the winter sealing season, with crews set to resume work in early August.

    Once complete, the new roundabout will provide a safer environment for all road users in the area, enhance connectivity for active travel along a section of Ballantyne Road through to Wastebusters, including raised pedestrian safety tables leading into the roundabout and upgrades to stormwater management.

    What’s the latest?

    Monday 10 June

    Riverbank Road is now open to all lanes of traffic for the winter.

    Future works in August:

    Crews will return to work on the new roundabout in early August 2024.

    When work begins again, temporary traffic management and road closures are likely to be required.

    We’ll share more details about future closures closer to time.

    Completion date:

    We expect the new roundabout to be fully operational by late October 2024.

    Golf Course Road roundabout:

    We’ve created a temporary roundabout at the intersection of Ballantyne Road and Golf Course Road to help improve traffic flow in the area.

    It will remain in place until the completion of the Ballantyne Road and Riverbank Road roundabout.

    Design options for a permanent roundabout at this intersection are under review.


Completed projects

  • Work to construct a new roundabout and pedestrian refuge crossing at the intersection of Capell Avenue and Domain Road in Hāwea is now complete.

    We’d like to share a big thank you to everyone in the Hāwea community for your patience while we’ve worked to complete the new roundabout and pedestrian refuge island upgrade here.

  • Work to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Aubrey Road and Anderson Road was completed on Thursday 8 November 2023.

    The new roundabout includes a slightly amended road layout, new raised courtesy crossings to provide safe spaces for people walking to cross, and a connection for the soon-to-be-completed shared pathway on Anderson Road.

  • Work is underway to install over 9,000 metres of new safety barriers on Wānaka-Mount Aspiring Road and Cardrona Valley Road, with additional signage, minor earthworks and roadside improvements, road markings, and a range of landscaping and native planting included in the project.

    Find out more here.


Contact us

For any questions or concerns about these works, please contact QLDC by email at or phone 03 443 0024.