The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists that State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo is closed after heavy rain caused slips and flooding.
It’s not yet clear when the road will reopen.
A detour route for travellers is to go south from Taupo via Palmerston North on State Highway 1 and 2. This will add 4 to 5 hours to the journey.
A second but longer detour is to go north from Taupo on SH5 to Rotorua, take SH30 and SH2 to Gisborne and on to Napier.
Check the Transport Agency’s website: www.nzta.govt.nz (external link) for the latest highway information or sign up to www.onthemove.govt.nz (external link) for up-to-date information on what is happening on the route you plan to travel; freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS for national and regional travel updates.