A Coromandel leader says the reopening of a major road in the district has made a huge difference for businesses, residents and visitors.
State Highway 25A, a major thoroughfare over the peninsula, re-opened in late December after extreme weather damage caused an 11-month closure.
Local businesses suffered, with losses of more than $90 million in trading.
Cafe and bars are saying the trade has improved dramatically.
Thames-Coromandel deputy mayor Terry Walker spoke to Corin Dann.