Caution and patience urged on Northland roads


Waka Kotahi is urging drivers in Northland to show patience and use caution on the region’s roads today after a night of heavy rain.

Expect to see some surface flooding around the region and possible debris, slips and hazards on the network. Please avoid any unnecessary travel or be prepared for weather related interruptions to your journey today.

If you are driving around the network please switch on your headlights, drive to the conditions, and increase your following distance.

We have crews and emergency services responding to slips, downed trees, and flooding jobs.


Due to flooding, SH1 is now closed between Hukerenui Road and Jordan Valley Road in Whakapara. Detour via Hukerenui Rd then onto Jordan Valley Rd then back onto SH1.

Updates on this closure(external link)

Areas of interest

Please take extra care in the following areas:

  • SH1 Brynderwyn – slips, downed trees, flooding – stop/go in place with delays
  • SH1 Whakapara – flooding near Old North Rd,
  • SH1 Kamo – flooding between Gt North Rd and Station Rd
  • SH1 Mata – flooding near Mata
  • SH15 Otaika – flooding near Stunnell Rd with delays
  • SH1/SH15 – some flooding near Prescott Rd
  • SH16 Makarau - downed tree

If you do have to use the roads, check the latest conditions before heading out, by using the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner.

Journey Planner(external link)

Latest weather information(external link)

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