Buller District Council


The Buller District Council’s roading network consists of 601km of roads. Of these, 318km are sealed and 283km are unsealed.

As well as roads, Council maintains 84km of footpaths, 143 bridges, 1618 culverts and more than 1300 streetlights.

A safe, efficient roading system is vital to Buller to assist in overcoming isolation, for health and safety, for communication, and to help promote development.

Roads in the Buller District are constructed and maintained by Transit New Zealand, who maintain all State Highways and Council who maintain all other public roads.

Funding for road maintenance and construction is shared between Council and Land Transport New Zealand, with Land Transport New Zealand subsidising 64% of costs.

Council funds in full:

  • New footpath construction
  • All footpath maintenance
  • Some roading activities

Land Transport New Zealand subsidises:

  • Road maintenance, including metalling and grading of roads
  • Roading reseals, seal smoothing and seal widening of all sealed roads
  • Bridge maintenance
  • Minor Safety Improvements
  • Street lighting

Special Purpose Roads

From the Mokihinui Bridge to the Karamea Bridge and from the Oparara Bridge to Kohaihai, roads are classified as “Special Purpose”.

All work on these stretches of road is fully subsidised by Land Transport New Zealand.

Road maintenance is undertaken by external contractors, with Council overseeing the specifications and management of these contracts.

Roading Issues?

If you are aware of any unresolved roading problems such as potholes, road and footpath subsidence and any hazards or obstacles please contact:

  • For issues relating to state highway within the Buller district, Phone Opus Consultants on 03 788 8110
  • For issues relating to other roads within the district that are not State Highway Phone Buller District Council, Westport, on 03 788 9111 or Buller District Council, Reefton, on 03 732 8821 or 03 732 8092 a/hr

Council’s current Road Maintenance Contractor is WestReef Services Ltd.

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