Traffic on SH1 on Auckland's North Shore remains at a near stand-still after a car caught fire late afternoon.

The incident is one of three which has caused lengthy delays for commuters heading home on Friday afternoon and evening.

Motorists on SH1 faced delays in both directions due to a car fire in the right northbound lane near the Esmonde Rd off ramp.

Smoke could be seen billowing out of the car and across the motorway, in a video shared by the NZ Transport Agency.

Advertisement
Firefighters attend to a blazing van after it caught fire on State Highway One. Photo / Silvia Titter
Firefighters attend to a blazing van after it caught fire on State Highway One. Photo / Silvia Titter

Motorists were advised late afternoon to delay their journeys or seek alternative routes with two lanes blocked northbound, and one blocked southbound.

And at 8.30pm, two northhbound lanes remained blocked as crews worked to clear the sight.

Meanwhile on the southwestern motorway (SH20) northbound a crash just before 5pm was blocking the right lane just after the on-ramp from Puhinui Rd.

NZTA advised motorists to delay their journey or consider alternative route with delays northbound from Lambie Dr.

Traffic on the southwestern motorway was also ffected further by a crash involving several cars, including a classic car, near Lambie Dr.

Two cars involved in the crash near Lambie Dr. Photo / Supplied
Two cars involved in the crash near Lambie Dr. Photo / Supplied

In Wellington, a crash was holding up those wanting to escape the city for Anniversary weekend.

Northbound lanes on State Highway 1, south of Te Horo, were initially blocked.

NZTA said all emergency services and a helicopter had been disptached to the crash.

Advertisement

Congestion had already been building in the area, through to Otaki, for about three hours from 2.30pm.

A car rolled after 5pm today in Hamilton city centre today.
A car rolled after 5pm today in Hamilton city centre today.

In Hamilton, a car has rolled after 5pm today in the city centre on Tristram St between Hill St and Collingwood St.

Fire and Emergency was still trying to extricate on person with moderate injures using the jaws of life at 6pm today.