Aucklanders face eight hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic returning home after long weekend

Motorists returning to Auckland from Northland following the long Anzac Day weekend are facing eight hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic through Warkworth and south to the city.

The heavy traffic has started to build up and it will not be until 8pm tonight that motorists will have a free flowing drive south.

The trip to and from Northland is expected to improve from May next year when the 18.5km Puhoi to Warkworth four-lane highway is completed. It will bypass the growing township of Warkworth – one of the worst weekend holiday bottlenecks in the country.

Aucklanders making their way home from holiday spots in the Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty can also expect heavy traffic from between 1pm and 6.30pm, according to Waka Kotahi NZTA’s holiday journey planner.

Traffic is already banked up on SH2 between Waihi and Paeroa and expected to stay like that until 4pm

It’s a similar story in Wellington where heavy traffic and long-running roadworks will lead to a slow drive home from Otaki and down the Kāpiti Coast .

In the South Island, traffic is already heavy on SH1 in and out of Christchurch in both directions and motorists heading out of Akaroa can expect heavy traffic until 4pm.

Traffic is also busy or heavy between Nelson and Blenheim.

As people make their way home in the South Island, MetService has issued snow shower warnings near the summit at Arthur’s Pass from 10am this morning to 2pm and the higher parts of the Milford road from 10am to 6pm.

Snow is also forecast overnight on Porter’s Pass between 1am and 7am near the summit.

The road toll for the holiday weekend, which began at 4pm on Friday and ends at 6am
on Tuesday, stands at one after a vehicle crashed into a power pole on SH1 at Awanui, north of Kaitaia, at 11.35pm on Friday.

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