Drive to the conditions on State Highway 5


“Please drive to the conditions and expect your journey to take longer.”

That’s the message from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as the first day of restored access on SH5 comes to a close.

“It’s been pleasing to see so many road users back on SH5 Napier – Taupō today, after the key route was reopened at 7am,” says Waka Kotahi Central North Island Regional Manager of Maintenance and Operations Jaclyn Hankin.

“It’s really important to note there’s still a lot of damage on the road, and 32 sites with temporary traffic management in place or temporary speed restrictions, including 30 km/h stretches.

“The lower speeds are sign posted and we ask road users to take note of these and be mindful of the restrictions in place.

“Restrictions are in place for a reason – for the safety of all road users and the contractors working to manage traffic and repair the road,” says Ms Hankin.

“Please expect the delays, follow the restrictions closely and enjoy the drive.”

The road is open daily to road users between 7am and 7pm.