Due to several vehicle incidents on the Bruce Road at Whakapapa recently resulting in callouts to police and the roading contractor for recovery DoC and the Road Control Authority are placing limitations on Bruce Rd access for the remainder of the season.
Please be aware of these restrictions as follows - The ‘uphill’ barrier will not be manned after 6pm and will be closed on Friday nights when snow or bad weather is expected. Closing of the road will apply to club patrons wanting to travel up with the health and safety of travellers being a priority. An appropriate safety message will be displayed on the Variable Message Signs by the golf course and at the barrier as well as on RALs website. Club patrons will need to arrive at an appropriate time during these poor weather conditions and demonstrate winter safe road practices. Additionally, a call out and recovery fee will be applied by the Roading Contractor to cover their response costs.
The Ruapehu Mountain Clubs Association (RMCA) will be putting guidelines together for ‘winter travel on Bruce Road’ and will be meeting with DoC well prior to next winter to discuss and review winter Bruce Road travel for the 2020 season.