Glenorchy Road reopens after slip

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The road linking Glenorchy and Queenstown has been reopened after a massive rock fall on Friday blocked access.

The landslide, estimated to be about 200 tonnes of rock, fell in an area called the “narrows” on the Glenorchy side of Bob’s Cove on Glenorchy Road.

The road was reopened at 6 last night, only to be closed again this morning until lunchtime while geotechnical engineers tested stability of the site.

Costs, excluding repairs to the road which is extensively potholed, are expected to be about $30,000 and it will be weeks before the road is restored to its previous state, according to Queenstown Lakes District Council.