Traffic is expected to occur along this section of State Highway 1 today when the tourists return home. Photo / Martin Sykes
Traffic was blazing fast towards Auckland with traffic turning nearly 12 km along the state’s main thoroughfare this afternoon.
A car driver said traffic north of Spinuru in South Waikato is bumper to bumper to Tirau. He said it took an hour to get to Pairere and traffic was still crawling to Cambridge.
Further south, a serious accident temporarily closed the main highway through Levin.
It’s bumper-to-bumper on parts of the SH1 between Topuni and Wellsford, via the Warkworth jam and the North Highway to Auckland.
The longest lines affect the stretch of road between Topuni and Wellsford, with riders facing a slow and congested race of at least 12 km.
Travelers returning from a long weekend getaway are warned to wait in line all afternoon when they return home.
Earlier, the New Zealand Transport Agency reminded motorists to allow extra time on their way back to major hubs today on both ends of the North Island.
A serious accident on SH1 near Avenue North Rd closed off the highway before 2pm. Drivers passing through the area are asked to follow emergency service instructions and are warned of delays.
Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the day on State Highway 1 at Kakakawa in the Bay of Islands leading south and through Kāpiti which runs between Peka Peka and Ōtaki.
The heaviest traffic in the north is expected to be between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and it is busy between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. today.
At the other end of the island, traffic is expected to be heavy between 11am and 7pm.
The holiday highway toll is currently at six, five higher than last year and the worst since 2017.