NZTA Advisory On Long Weekend Traffic


The transport agency and police are getting ready to cope with traffic leaving town on Auckland anniversary weekend - the last long weekend until Easter, as Waitangi Day doesn’t fall on a weekday.

“We know that there is a bottleneck Warkworth and the NZTA is working now to upgrade intersections on SH1 through the town to improve traffic flows,” said the NZTA’s Regional Director for Auckland and Northland, Wayne McDonald. “Although there will be no work in progress during the weekend, the worksite still has the potential to cause holdups and drivers should plan ahead to avoid them.”

Hundreds will be heading north at the same time

There were choices available, he said, for people to minimise delays:

  • Using SH16 to by-pass congestion at Warkworth. The alternative route can be accessed from the end of the Northwestern Motorway through Helensville, or from the Silverdale interchange on SH1 north of Auckland. “SH16 carries a less traffic, and journeys can be a lot smoother,” Mr McDonald said.
  • Planning journeys outside peak times for smoother and more reliable journey times.
  • Avoiding delays on the Northern Gateway Toll Road by pre-paying for trips at freephone 0800 40 40 20 or on-line at, or using the five-days-to-pay option after a toll road journey.

Historically, anniversary weekend traffic starts building up at mid-morning on the Friday and remains heavy until the end of the afternoon rush hour. SH1 will also be busy on Saturday from early morning until late afternoon.

The NZTA will be co-operating with police to keep traffic flowing. Roadside electronic messages will also inform motorists of traffic conditions ahead.





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