Heavy traffic is proving hellish for motorists south of Auckland as holidaymakers clog the roads while returning home after the long weekend.
A photo taken at Bombay at 5.20pm reveals northbound traffic has come to a standstill - with kilometres of delays ahead.
In Wellington, a breakdown has blocked the left lane northbound on the SH1 Terrace tunnel.
Motorists should take extra car when passing the broken down vehicle, Waka Kotahi/NZTA says.
Further north, a motorist says traffic north of Putaruru in the South Waikato is bumper to bumper to Tirau. She says it took an hour to get to Pairere and traffic is still crawling to Cambridge.
Further south diversions have been put in place in Waitara, Taranaki, after two separate crashes along the same stretch of road in a matter of minutes.
A St John Ambulance says three people were taken to Taranaki Base Hospital from the two crashes: one with serious injuries, one with moderate injuries and one with minor injuries.
Diversions were in place at the Nelson St and Princess St intersections as emergency services attended the second, serious crash.
The crash was cleared before 6pm.
In Levin, a serious crash has temporarily closed the main highway through the city.
It's bumper-to-bumper on several sections of SH1 between Topuni and Wellsford, through the Warkworth bottleneck and the Northern Motorway into Auckland.
The longest queue affects a stretch of road between Topuni and Wellsford, with motorists facing a slow and congested run for at least 12km.
Holidaymakers returning from the long weekend break are being warned to expect queues for the rest of the afternoon as they travel home.
Earlier the New Zealand Transport Agency reminded motorists to allow for extra time on the road heading back to main centres today at either end of the North Island.
A serious crash on SH1 near Avenue North Rd closed the highway just before 2pm. Motorists passing through the area were asked to follow the directions of emergency services and warned there would be delays.
Traffic is expected to be exceptionally heavy across the day on State Highway 1 at Kakakawa in the Bay of Islands heading south and through Kāpiti travelling between Peka Peka and Ōtaki.
The heaviest traffic in the north is expected between 10am and 1pm, and busy between 1 - 6pm today.
At the other end of the island the traffic is expected to be congested between 11am and 7pm.
The holiday road toll presently stands at six, five higher than last year and the worst since 2017.