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About Roads and Streets

Road Network

The Rangitīkei District Council road network is well established and the condition of road and traffic assets is currently good. It consists of 84.6 kilometres of urban and 1,137.9 kilometres of rural roads. A high percentage of this overall total (37%) is unsealed.

Roads Urban (km) Rural (km) Total (km)
Maintained 84.56 1137.89 1222.45
Sealed 81.98 689.16* 771.14
Unsealed 2.58 448.73 451.31

* This does not include the seal extension work currently being undertaken on the Taihape-Napier Road.

The Rangitīkei District covers a large geographic area. It is bounded by the Kaimanawa Mountains in the North, Ruahine Ranges and the Rangitīkei River in the East, the Tasman Sea in the South and the Whangaehu River in the West.

Most of the area consists of typical "papa" series sedimentary rocks. Better roading conditions exist on the coastal alluvial and beach deposits, also on greywacke and pumice found in the northeast of the district. Where the Rangitīkei River is accessible, supplies of good quality roading aggregates exist.

The terrain varies considerably throughout the District - from the flat sandy coastal lands, over river flats, terrace lands and upward to the high hill country in Taihape. The population is predominately rural, although there are three main centres (Bulls, Marton and Taihape) in the District.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Board set the Funding Assistance Rates (FAR), these have just been released for the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme.

The rate for the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme for Rangitikei District Council is 63%, which is the same as the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme.

Full Details of Council's plans to manage its roading assets are found in the: