The Rangitikei 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.
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* This does not include the seal extension work currently being undertaken on the Taihape-Napier Road.
The Rangitikei District covers a large geographic area. It is bounded by the Kaimanawa Mountains in the North, Ruahine Ranges and the Rangitikei 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 Rangitikei 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.