Holiday traffic congestion begins around Tauranga
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."
SH29 TAURIKO, NORTHBOUND - DELAYS - 3PM— NZTA Waikato/BoP (@NZTAWaiBoP) January 24, 2020
Expect up to 20 min delays northbound between the Lower Kaimais and Tauriko due to holiday congestion. Avoid the area if possible or consider delaying your journey. Check out other predicted heavy spots here: https://t.co/2MLEbG2BxW. ^MF pic.twitter.com/OltqhvIX8W
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.