Hawke’s Bay motorists urged to drive safe this Labour Day weekend


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is asking motorists to plan ahead, slow down and drive to the conditions for a safe Labour Day weekend.

“Roads in and out of the Hawke’s Bay region are likely to be very busy before and during the long weekend, especially on State Highway 5,” Regional Transport Systems Manager Oliver Postings says.

“We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely this weekend, so it’s important that we all play our part to keep our roads safe. Watch your speed, keep a safe following distance, be patient and take regular breaks.

“We’re predicting traffic to be especially heavy on State Highway 5 eastbound on Saturday, between the hours of 10am and 1pm, and westbound on Sunday as people return home, between 10am and 12pm.

“Congestion and delays are inevitable during peak times, but the worst of the frustrations can be eased if everyone leaves plenty of time for the journey, plans ahead and drives to the conditions.

“Leaving at non-peak hours can make travel safer and more enjoyable, so we encourage everyone to check out our holiday journeys map which shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys over the Labour Day weekend based on previous years travel patterns. 

Holiday journeys map(external link)

“Because predicted peak times can change based on incidents, weather and even driver behaviour, check our real time Journey Planner for latest traffic and travel information before heading off.”

Journey Planner(external link)

On-road safety

  • Be patient when driving on the roads this long weekend so everyone can relax and enjoy the holiday together.
  • Keep a safe following distance.
  • Drive to the conditions.
  • Take regular breaks to stay alert.
  • Allow plenty of time. You’re on holiday, no need to rush.

Vehicle safety

Planning a trip for Labour Day weekend? Checked your tyres? Put the safety of you and your passengers first and make sure your WoF is up-to-date before you head off.

Your vehicle must be safe to drive, so before you head off on your journey, check our car safety basics guide.

Check your car - safety basics guide

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