Motorists are being urged to be patient on the roads today as holiday traffic builds.
In Wellington, holiday traffic congestion is already backing up on State Highway 1 through the Kāpiti Coast.
SH1 KAPITI COAST:— NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) December 28, 2017
Holiday congestion is starting to build northbound on SH1 through the Kapiti Coast area today (29 Dec), traffic is expected to be heaviest 9am to 1pm. Check https://t.co/nhMEq84t7O for other dates & times when traffic is expected to be heavy & know #B4uGo ^LC pic.twitter.com/g49VcFYLYw
NZTA said the traffic was expected to be heaviest around 12pm to 1pm.
Meanwhile, in Auckland, traffic on State Highway 2 near Maramarua was also expected to be heavy around the same period.
In the Bay of Plenty, State Highway 2 between Tauranga and Katikati will be heaviest this afternoon, and in the South Island, holiday traffic is expected on State Highway 6 near Queenstown throughout much of the afternoon.
NZTA said people should be extra patient and expect delays, and they can find more information about holiday traffic on their website.