Ahead of the three-day Labour Weekend, with fine weather forecast, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency reminds travellers of a useful tool that shows predicted traffic flows at particular times, based on previous years’ travel patterns.
"Holiday weekends are always busy across the South Island and with good weather forecast, congestion and delays even without overseas visitors may still occur at peak times,” says Waka Kotahi Journey Manager Tresca Forrester.
“Travel may be more spread out across the country this year with holiday makers taking the opportunity to have a longer break either side of Labour Day weekend and exploring new places.”
Because predicted peak times can change based on incidents (sometimes caused by crashes), weather and driver behaviour, we suggest that you check nzta.govt.nz/traffic-and-travel-information(external link) before you leave for accurate information about current road and traffic conditions.
Waka Kotahi crews will shut down most active work sites around the South Island by midday on Friday, 23 October 2020.
Takaka Hill, Tasman District, SH60 post cyclone Gita repairs
This winding hill road is managed 24/7 by traffic signals on the Nelson side given the repairs taking place underneath the road currently. Please be ready to stop at the single lane stretch on your way into Golden Bay and back towards Riwaka/ Nelson.
SH1 through Kaikōura - two lanes mostly everywhere
Several road work projects are ongoing on SH1 either side of Kaikōura as the repairs from the 2016 earthquake wind up. However, over Labour Weekend, the highway will be two lanes in as many places as it can be, with no night work underway until the evening of Monday, 26 October. For the latest information, please check: nzta.govt.nz/p2c
North Canterbury/ Bank’s Pensinsula - two unsealed sites which will be managed
SH1 Wilderness Road – just north of Kaikōura
SH75 Hilltop - on the way to Akaroa
Where else can I expect the highways to be busy?
The Waka Kotahi holiday journeys web page shows the busiest areas through the South Island including:
Drivers can get real time information from: