27 Dec 2018

Heavy traffic eases on SH1 north of Wellington

7:23 pm on 27 December 2018

There were significant delays on State Highway 1 north of Wellington due to heavy holiday traffic.

NZTA traffic cameras looking north along SH1 toward Pukerua Bay.

NZTA traffic cameras looking north along SH1 toward Pukerua Bay. Photo: NZTA

NZTA said traffic was congested for those heading north on SH1 between Peka Peka and Ōtaki.

Traffic was heavy for those heading north between Plimmerton and Paekākāriki.

Both areas had now eased of traffic and just southbound through Ōtaki remained heavily congested, NZTA said.

The Transport Agency warned motorists to expect significant delays and to plan journeys ahead.

Earlier this afternoon, NZTA's traffic cameras showed SH1 northbound toward Pukerua Bay also appeared to be heavily congested.

The Transport Agency says traffic today has been one of the busiest days so far this holiday season.

Its transport systems manager, Mark Owen, said there had been a lot of traffic in Wellington and Auckland.

He said holidaymakers were experiencing delays up to a hour earlier this afternoon.

But Mr Owen said traffic should now be easing.

There was also slow traffic heading north on SH1 out of Auckland due to planned roadworks, he said.

Popular holiday roads south of Puhoi and Wellsford were also congested, he said.

Meanwhile, State Highway 4 Raetihi to Whanganui has reopened with a stop-go operation in place between Kakatahia and Te Hue Road intersection.

The road was shut from Christmas Day due to multiple slips in the area, after bad weather battered the North Island earlier this week.

In the South Island, State Highway 8 completely reopened last night after being shut earlier in the day due to a truck on fire.

The closure was through Pukaki between State Highway 80 and Hayman Road, but it reopened to one lane after about 30 firefighters were called to the scene.