17 Feb 2021

Travellers facing huge detours between Napier and Taupo

From Morning Report, 8:38 am on 17 February 2021

People travelling between Napier and Taupo today are having to endure significant four to five hour detours.

Trees have fallen on State Highway 5 with the only detour through Palmertson North or Gisborne.

It's a delay most will want to avoid, if possible. It's not the only route blocked by fallen trees - State Highway 47 between Tokaanu and Tongariro is also closed.

Waka Kotahi Waikato systems manager Cara Lauder spoke to Susie Ferguson.