Crash closes northbound lanes – State Highway 1 Ōtaki (all lanes now OPEN)


All lanes are now fully open.

6:05pm update

NZTA Waka Kotahi wants to thank drivers for their patience and cooperation as emergency services and contractors worked hard to reopen the highway.

Just before 6pm, contractors and emergency services also cleared a crash that occurred the near of the Remutaka Hill Summit on State Highway 2. This incident was reported just after 5 pm and blocked the highway’s northbound lane.

Driving conditions remain challenging across the Wellington region. Road users should be prepared for hazards – slippery roads, high winds, treefalls, and slips. It’s also recommended to check weather and road conditions before travelling.

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5:50pm update

The crash has been cleared and a northbound lane of the highway has been reopened.

Drivers can expect delays until queued traffic has cleared.

5:20pm update

Drivers heading up the Kāpiti Coast on State Highway 1 must be prepared for delays this evening following a crash on State Highway 1 near Ōtaki.

The multi-vehicle crash was reported on the Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressway near the Rahui Rd overbridge just before 5pm.

The highway is currently closed to northbound traffic and drivers should avoid the area or consider delaying their travel.

Northbound traffic can detour via Old State Highway 1 and then right on to Otaki Gorge Road.

Delays are expected until the crash scene is cleared. Drivers should factor this into their travel plans.

Weather conditions across the regions are also poor with strong wind, rain, and poor visibility  affecting the State Highway network. Drivers are urged to take extra care on the roads and drive to the conditions.