Queues of holiday traffic are causing massive delays out of Wellington and Auckland.
In Auckland, there's northbound congestion on State Highway 1 from Puhoi to Wellsford.
Motorists going far north are advised to use State Highway 16 instead.
The northbound congestion on SH1 from Puhoi to Wellsford are now causing delays. Motorists are advised to travel through SH16 and plan their journey accordingly. For more information on predicted busy times visit: https://t.co/M7z9xg9Sqv. ^SJ pic.twitter.com/FsEQKYPiXe— NZTA Akld & Nthlnd (@NZTAAkl) December 27, 2019
Traffic out of Wellington is causing major delays north of Waikanae.
Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes on State Highway 1 to Ōtaki.
NZTA expects heavy traffic on that stretch of road until at least 5.30pm
UPDATE 3:55PM— NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) December 27, 2019
The #delays between Waikanae & Ōtaki on #SH1 remain significant. Queues on the Kāpiti Expressway remain back to Te Moana Rd. Southbound traffic is now also congested from Ōtaki to Manakau. Allow extra time for your journey.https://t.co/j5lFumK2ep
The northbound congestion from Waikanae to Otaki are now causing delays between 45 to 60 minutes. Motorists are advised to plan their journey accordingly and allow extra time for their travel on this route. ^SJhttps://t.co/j5lFumK2ep— NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) December 26, 2019
Due to holiday congestion, motorists travelling northbound on SH1 between Plimmerton to Paekakariki can expect delays of 15 to 30 minutes. Plan your journey accordingly and allow extra time. For more info on predicted busy periods visit: https://t.co/FQBJ5VfDZe ^SJ pic.twitter.com/ZHgzvPXbLQ— NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) December 26, 2019
In Canterbury there's a 30-minute delay northbound on State Highway 1 from Amberley to Leithfield. A fire has closed the intersection near Kirwee and Courtenay Rd on State Highway 73.
Due to holiday congestion, motorists travelling northbound on SH1 from Amberley to Leithfield can expect delays between 15 to 30 minutes. Plan your journey accordingly and allow extra time. For more information on predicted busy periods visit: https://t.co/xW9rUYNYFj. ^SJ pic.twitter.com/F9vhPDlR4X— NZTA Canterbury/WC (@NZTACWC) December 26, 2019
SH73 KIRWEE, CANTERBURY - ROAD CLOSED - 3:25PM— NZTA Canterbury/WC (@NZTACWC) December 27, 2019
Following a recent fire #SH73 is now CLOSED near Courtenay Rd, due to safety concerns. Please follow the detour, expect delays and plan ahead. ^AP pic.twitter.com/PsBTQ71Xxr