Motorists are reminded to plan ahead this long weekend with the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions set to host a large number of planned public events.

New Zealand Transport Agency Bay of Plenty systems manager Rob Campbell said there would be a lot of people travelling on the roads this weekend, whether it be to the beach to make the most of the long weekend, or to the many events taking place.

"With events on such as the two international one day cricket matches in Tauranga, the Hamilton Sevens, and the Cambridge Town Cup Rowing Regatta we are expecting the roads to be busy all weekend, and not just at traditional peak travelling times.

"We recommend people take note of these events when planning their trips, and to expect more people on both local roads and our state highways."

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Campbell said those travelling should allow plenty of time for their journeys, drive to the conditions and plan ahead.

"We also encourage people to check the travel section of our website or our social media pages so they can know the current road conditions before they leave for an event or away for the weekend."

Events coming up in the region:

Hydro Thunder in Taupo from Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27
Taupō Summer Concert at the Taupō Amphitheatre on Saturday, January 26
One Love Festival at Tauranga Domain on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27
Two one day cricket matches: Black Caps vs India one Saturday, January 26 and Monday, January 28
Huntly Speedway on Saturday, January 26
Festival One at Mystery Creek, Hamilton on Friday, January 25 to Monday, January 28
Fat Boy Slim at Claudelands Arena on Friday evening, January 25
HSBC NZ Sevens are being held at FMG Stadium in Hamilton from Saturday January 26 to Sunday January 27
NZ Cycle Classic at various locations around Cambridge and Te Awamutu from Wednesday to Sunday, January 27
Cambridge Town Cup rowing regatta from Friday, January 25 to Monday, January 28 at Lake Karapiro
Whitianga Waterways Summer Concert is being held on Sunday, January 27 January at Waterways Arena

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