The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists to take care as heavy rain continues to fall around the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.
A heavy rain warning has been issued for the area and flooding is expected to affect a number of roads over the next 24 hours:
'The NZTA are closely monitoring all roads within the area with heavy rain due to continue to fall until later tomorrow,' says the NZTA's Acting State Highway Manager, Karen Boyt.
'Slips are also likely to occur with this quantity of rain falling and motorists should consider avoiding travel tonight in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty if at all possible. The weather front is currently moving east and could impact on the Eastern Bay of Plenty overnight, particularly the Waioeka George, Waimana Gorge and Wainui intersection,' said Ms Boyt.
'If drivers must travel we urge that they take extreme care on the highways, drive to the conditions, and allow more time for their journeys so that they can reach their destinations safely.'
Ms Boyt says before starting their journey people should check with the NZTA's freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or 0800 44 44 49, or its website www.highwayinfo.govt.nz(external link) for up-to-the-minute info on road conditions.
For more information please contact:
Senior Advisor, Communications and Engagement
NZ Transport Agency
T 64 07 958 7238
M 64 27 440 1226