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Holiday traffic congestion begins around Tauranga

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Update 4pm: Motorists are being warned to expect delays of up to 30 minutes on State Highway 29, near Tauriko.

"Due to holiday traffic, expect delays of up to 30 minutes." 

Earlier: The NZ Transport Agency has put out a warning say there is traffic congestion in the area this afternoon.

"Due to holiday traffic, expect delays of up to 20 minutes."

System manager Rob Campbell says with the Waikato and Bay of Plenty forecast to receive warm, fine weather for the holiday weekend, motorists should prepare for the roads to be busier than normal as people head for holiday hotspots.

The Transport Agency has an interactive holiday journeys map for the long weekend, which shows predicted traffic flow across popular routes based on previous years’ travel patterns over Auckland Anniversary weekend.

“In the Bay of Plenty, motorists should be prepared for heavy traffic on State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Ranges, on State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi, and again between Katikati and Tauranga,” he says.

“In the Waikato, delays are predicted on State Highway 2 Maramarua. Further delays are predicted on State Highway 1 in Taupiri and again at Karapiro. State Highway 25A is also expected to be busy south of Tairua.

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Frustrated Kaimai Resident

Posted on 24-01-2020 18:20 | By

Delays all caused by people stopping on SH29 to give way to traffic turning into Cambridge Road...frustrating when there are only 6 or 8 vehicles sitting in one direction and cars backed halfway up the Kaimai’s the other way. Come on Transit NZ, get this sorted!!