Waitangi weekend traffic building as holidaymakers head out of town

All the usual traffic hotspots are flaring up as holidaymakers get out of town for Waitangi weekend. Photo / Jason Oxenham
All the usual traffic hotspots are flaring up as holidaymakers get out of town for Waitangi weekend. Photo / Jason Oxenham

Waitangi weekend traffic is ramping up as holidaymakers flee the country's main centres.

The NZTA warned Wellingtonians that northbound traffic can expect delays of up to one hour and 45 minutes between Pukerua Bay and Waikanae on State Highway 1.

In Auckland the Southern Motorway is already heavy from Manukau to Takanini. A truck on the harbour bridge that broke down in a southbound lane has now been cleared. NZTA still urges motorists to allow extra time.

The Northern Motorway has also become clogged with long queues before the Johnstones Hill Tunnels.


A vehicle crashed on State Highway 1 north of Puhoi at 1.45pm. A police spokeswoman said one vehicle was involved and one person was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

"One southbound lane is blocked which will affect traffic, however it is still moving. A towing company is on their way to the remove the vehicle."


A section of SH1 and SH29 in Waikato is also closed after a serious crash killed two people.

A third person was taken to Waikato Hospital with serious injuries.

Police briefly reopened the highway to allow a backlog of vehicles past the crash around midday.

However, the road was expected to be closed at the intersection of State Highways 1 and 29 for several hours while a scene examination and vehicle recovery takes place.

NZTA warns motorists that delays are possible tomorrow around St Lukes with the Nines and Guns & Roses events taking place.

A crash on State Highway 2 at Waitapu in Hastings is blocking traffic in both directions near the intersection with Bennett Rd. Emergency services are at the scene.


A breakdown at George Bolt Memorial Drive is partly blocking the right lane leaving Auckland Airport. Motorists are being advised to expect delays.

Waitangi weekend traffic

SH1 - Whangarei
Northbound
Friday- Busy: 11.30am - 7pm - Heaviest: 2pm - 6pm

Southbound
Monday - Busy: 10am - 6pm

SH1 - between Puhoi and Wellsford
Northbound
Friday - Busy: 12pm - 10pm - Heaviest: 4pm - 9pm
Saturday - Busy: 8.30am - 4pm - Heaviest: 10am - 1pm

Southbound
Sunday - Busy: 11.30am - 7pm
Monday - Busy: 9.30am - 8.30pm - Heaviest: 10.30am - 7pm

SH1 - Takanini (South of Auckland)
Southbound
Friday - Busy: 11am - 9pm - Heaviest: 3pm - 7pm
Saturday - Busy: 9am - 3pm

Northbound
Monday - Busy: 11am - 9pm

SH2 - Maramarua (East of SH1/SH2 Interchange)
Eastbound
Friday - Busy: 8am - 11pm - Heaviest: 9am - 8pm
Saturday - Busy: 8am - 3pm - Heaviest: 9am - 2pm

Westbound
Monday Busy: 11am - 9pm - Heaviest: 1pm - 8pm

SH1 - Taupiri (North of Hamilton)
Southbound
Friday - Busy: 10.30am - 6pm
Saturday - Busy: 8am - 4pm - Heaviest: 9am - 2.30pm
Monday - Busy: 10am - 2pm

Northbound
Sunday - Busy: 3pm - 6pm
Monday - Busy: 11.30am - 7pm - Heaviest: 1.30pm - 6pm

SH1 - Karapiro (South of Cambridge)
Eastbound
Friday - Busy: 3.30pm - 6pm
Saturday - Busy: 9.30am- 1pm

Westbound
Sunday - Busy: 03:30PM - 05:30PM
Monday - Busy: 10:00AM - 07:00PM - Heaviest: 11:00AM - 06:00PM

SH29 - Kaimai (West of Tauranga)
Eastbound
Friday - Busy: 03:30PM - 07:00PM
Saturday - Busy: 10:00AM - 05:00PM

Westbound
Monday - Busy: 10:00AM - 06:00PM

SH2 - between Paeroa and Tauranga
Eastbound
Friday - Busy: 04:00PM - 07:00PM

Westbound
Sunday - Busy: 11:00AM - 06:00PM - Heaviest: 12:00PM - 04:30PM
Monday - Busy: 11:00AM - 05:00PM

SH5 - Te Pohue (North of Napier)
Eastbound
Monday - Busy: 02:00PM - 05:00PM

SH1 - between Waiouru and Taihape
Northbound
Sunday - Busy: 05:00PM - 07:30PM
Monday - Busy: 11:00AM - 02:00PM

Southbound
Monday - Busy: 11:00AM - 05:30PM

SH2 - Norsewood between Hastings and Woodville SH3
Southbound
Monday - Busy: 12:00PM - 04:00PM

SH1 - Waikanae (Kapiti Coast)
Southbound
Friday - Busy: 02:30PM - 06:00PM
Saturday - Busy: 10:00AM - 04:30PM - Heaviest: 11:00AM - 01:00PM
Sunday - Busy: 10:30AM - 06:00PM
Monday Busy: 10:00AM - 07:30PM - Heaviest: 11:30AM - 06:30PM

Northbound
Friday - Busy: 09:00AM - 09:00PM - Heaviest: 01:00PM - 05:00PM
Saturday - Busy: 10:00AM - 05:00PM
Sunday - Busy: 10:00AM - 06:00PM
Monday - Busy: 10:00AM - 02:00PM

SH2 - Rimutaka Hill between Wellington and Featherston
Northbound
Friday - Busy: 04:00PM - 07:00PM
Saturday - Busy: 07:00AM - 01:00PM - Heaviest: 08:00AM - 12:00PM

Southbound
Saturday - Busy: 11:00AM - 06:00PM - Heaviest: 12:00PM - 05:00PM
Sunday - Busy: 11:00AM - 05:00PM - Heaviest: 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Monday - Busy: 11:00AM - 07:00PM - Heaviest: 02:00PM - 05:00PM

SH6 - between Nelson and Blenheim
Westbound
Friday - Busy: 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Monday - Busy: 12:00PM - 05:00PM

Eastbound
Sunday - Busy: 10:00AM - 11:00AM

SH63 - St Arnaud
South
Sunday - Busy: 10:30AM - 04:30PM
Monday - Busy: 11:00AM - 05:00PM - Heaviest: 01:00PM - 03:00PM

North
Monday Busy: 10:30AM - 04:00PM

SH6 - Murchison
North
Friday Busy: 10:30AM - 07:00PM
Saturday Busy: 10:00AM - 01:00PM
Sunday Busy: 12:30PM - 04:30PM
Monday Busy: 12:00PM - 03:00PM

South
Friday - Busy: 11:00AM - 02:00PM
Saturday - Busy: 11:00AM - 02:00PM
Sunday - Busy: 11:00AM - 05:00PM
Monday - Busy: 11:00AM - 04:30PM - Heaviest: 12:00PM - 03:00PM

SH7 - Lewis Pass
East
Friday - Busy: 11:00AM - 09:00PM
Saturday - Busy: 09:00AM - 02:00PM
Monday - Busy: 11:00AM - 02:00PM

West
Saturday - Busy: 11:30AM - 03:30PM
Monday - Busy: 11:00AM - 07:00PM

SH73 - Arthur's Pass
West
Friday - Busy: 04:00PM - 07:00PM
Saturday - Busy: 09:30AM - 01:00PM

East
Monday - Busy: 01:00PM - 07:30PM - Heaviest: 02:00PM - 06:30PM

SH1 - Waipara (North of Christchurch)
Northbound
Friday - Busy: 03:30PM - 08:00PM
Saturday - Busy: 09:30AM - 12:30PM

Southbound
Monday Busy: 11:00AM - 07:00PM - Heaviest: 02:00PM - 06:00PM

SH1 - between Ashburton and Christchurch
Southbound
Friday - Busy: 02:00PM - 08:00PM - Heaviest: 04:00PM - 07:00PM
Saturday - Busy: 09:00AM - 12:00PM

Monday - Busy: 12:00PM - 07:00PM - Heaviest: 03:00PM - 06:00PM

- NZ Herald

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