Resealing Programme

Why reseal?

Every year, the Ruapehu District Council carries out a resealing programme over summer as part of a planned road pavement preventative maintenance programme. People who don’t understand the process often question why this is necessary.

The seal on a road is like paint on your house - it keeps water out of the structure underneath. Like paint, the seal breaks down over time and starts to let water in. When the surface of a road starts to break down it is time to reseal the road which makes the surface waterproof and reduces the rate of further deterioration. The newly sealed surface can be expected to last about 14 years before requiring a further reseal.

The ideal time to reseal is just before any damage occurs, so your road may still look to be in good condition before the reseal is undertaken. Council reseals up to 30 kilometres road each year at a cost of $1.45M.

Ruapehu roads are generally resealed with a stone chip seal. The process begins with minor repairs being carried out a couple of months prior to resealing. Stone chips are stockpiled, traffic control is established, hot bitumen is sprayed and stone sealing chips are spread and rolled in. Traffic is then allowed on the road to bed the new seal. Finally, excess sealing chips are swept away within a week or so, road marking is reinstated soon after and temporary traffic management removed.

If you want to find out more about this year's reseal programme please contact Andrea Nicol at Ruapehu District Council on 07 895 8188 or email 

Summer resealing sites 2019/20  (as of 21/02/20)

​JobRoad/Street​Start RP​End RP​Length (m)​​Status​
​National Park Rural
​1Oio Rd​41405133​993Complete​​Top of Hill
Ohakune Urban
​2​Egmont Street​5​238​233​Complete​Full length 2nd coat
​3​Turoa Drive (LHS)​0​99​99Complete​​To Roundabout
​4​Turoa Drive (RHS)​0​72​72Complete​​To Roundabout
​5​Turoa Drive Roundabout​0​83​83Complete​
​6​Shannon Street​10​1062​1022​Complete​Mangawhero Tce to Ruapehu Rd
​6.1​Shannon Street​125​155​30​Miro St roundabout asphalt
Ohura Rural
​7​Kokomiko Road​030​30Ongarue Stream Rd junction
​8​Kokomiko Road29373056119​​Bridge approaches​
​9​Ongarue Stream3517​46151098​​​Ends at Kokomiko Junction
​10​Paparoa Road344​​4694​4350Complete​​​Starts at Te Maire cutting bridge
​10.1​Paparoa Road​​46946940​2246​​Ends before twisted bridge
​12​Poro O Tarao Rd4850​6000​1,150​​
​13​Waitewhena Road10​228218​​​Bridge approaches​
Special Purpose Rd
​16​Ohakune Mountain Rd9615​112001585Complete​​Bridge to Slow Vehicle Bay
​Taumarunui Rural
​29​Body Road15140125​​Bridge approaches
​17​Brightwell Road06060Complete​​Echolands junction
​18​Echoland Road0​2275​2275​Complete​Taupo Road to Brightwell Road
​30​Meads Road5​133128​Bridge approaches
Waimarino Rural
​31​Matapuna Road36715231156​Complete​​New seal 2nd Coat
​25​Whangaehu Valley Road1043112448​​2017Complete​​Scotts Pit to RDC Boundary
​26​Whanganui River Road​39506432​2482Complete​​To RDC Boundary
Total all areas

Please note RP stands for Route Position ie How many meters along the road.

Page reviewed: 26 Feb 2020 11:44am