Moving stock

New rules for moving stock on or across roads in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula came into effect on 1 March 2018.

The changes are designed to make sure we’re up to date with recent health and safety law changes while also keeping people and livestock safe and protecting our roads from damage.

We’ve tried to keep things as simple as possible by developing a list of restricted roads — basically all roads in the urban city area and key tourist routes in Banks Peninsula.

If you want to move stock on these roads, call us first to discuss it on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.

You'll also need to talk to us if you move dairy cattle along or across roads.

New requirement

There is a new requirement for farmers to ensure their boundary fences will keep stock contained, as escaped stock is the leading cause of stock-related traffic accidents.

Standard conditions

You should meet the following standard conditions of the Stock on Roads Bylaw 2017:

  • Wear high visibility clothing.
  • Maintain control over stock.
  • Minimise any disruption to other road users.
  • Move stock at a suitable time, ie. daylight and non-peak traffic.
  • Display temporary warning signs that can be seen from either direction. 
  • Use pilot vehicles if you are moving stock more than 300 metres along a road (unless the road is unsealed).

Restricted roads register

You can find the list of restricted roads here or call (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.