Traffic has been crawling on the Auckland Motorway, slowed by a combination of minor crashes and holidaymakers heading in and out of the city.

In the northbound lanes, near the East Tamaki turnoff, an ambulance and two fire trucks attended a crash between two cars - a black station wagon and a grey sedan - but traffic was still flowing as they were parked off the motorway.

In another crash, closer to the city near the Ellerslie Panmure Highway in the northbound lane, a black Ford Fiesta and a large truck collided.

The driver's side of the car was extensively damaged with the door unable to close, and the windscreen smashed.


The truck it collided with was damaged at the front and parked to the left of the motorway.

Police also attended a traffic incident on the Northern Motorway at Rosedale.

At the turnoff to State Highway 2, heading in the direction of Tauranga and the Coromandel, traffic was backed up for several kilometres.