Roads are starting to re-open in downtown Auckland after this week's big blaze, but motorists can still expect road closures around the city centre.

By 5.30, the far left lane on Nelson St - heading from the Northwestern Motorway - had opened.

Federal St, directly next to the Sky Tower, is now also fully open.

The official information from Auckland Transport, as of 6.10am, is that there are still several road closures; particularly around Hobson St.


Wellesley St - west from Victoria to Nelson and between Nelson and Hobson streets - is closed.

So too are the remaining lanes on Nelson St - between Cook and Victoria - and Hobson St, between Victoria and Wellesley streets.

Road authorities are still being told: "Avoid this area or expect delays''.

Alternative routes heading in from West Auckland might be to enter the city centre via Pt Chevalier and Ponsonby.


People due to catch buses in and out of the area are also being told to still expect delays as many buses are detoured again this morning.

Members of the public should check in on the Auckland Transport website to see how their service is affected and where to catch a bus at alternative bus stops set up around the city.

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