North Island roading update


Roading contractors will be continuing to monitor the State Highway network as more heavy rainfall is forecast.

Metservice is expecting the wet weather which has targeted upper North Island in recent days to spread further down the North Island from tonight.

If you’re driving in the forecast heavy rainfall, please drive to the conditions, which means keeping a safe following distance and dropping your speed and watch for flooding and other debris on the road.

Waka Kotahi is providing regular updates to the public as the severe weather continues to affect Aotearoa this week.  Our Journey Planner page is updated by our traffic operations centres 24/7 to provide the latest available information on state highway closures and disruptions. Remember to refresh the page when checking the status of highways to ensure the latest updates are displayed.

Waka Kotahi Journey Planner(external link)

State Highway closures as of 4pm

Northland region

SH1 Brynderwyn to Waipu

This stretch of road remains closed from the SH12 intersection to Waipu.

Motorists should expect delays with a detour via Waipu / Mangawhai. Slips have now been cleared but the risk of further slips means the road will remain closed for now.

SH16 at Stoney Creek Road, Kaukapakapa

This is currently impassable and Waka Kotahi is looking to close this between Kaukapakapa and West Coast Roads. Please keep refreshing our Journey Planner for details.

Waikato / Coromandel region

SH2 Mangatawhiri to Maramarua 

Due to flooding and slips, SH2 is closed between Mangatawhiri Rd and Kopuku Rd. There is a detour available but please allow an extra 30 minutes travel time for the detour and expect delays. We expect this may reopen later this evening.

SH2 Pokeno to Mangatarata 

Due to a large slip, SH2 is closed between SH25 and SH27. Expect delays through this area and take extra care

SH25 between Coromandel and Whitianga

Contractors have been working to clear multiple slips throughout today. SH25 at Ruamahunga Bay is now open and we expect the stretch of road at Whangapoua will be open later this evening.

SH25A Kopu to Hikuai

The highway remains closed until further notice following a large section of road collapsing  over the weekend

The Tapu-Coroglen and 309 roads are also closed. Detour is State Highway 2 via Karangahake Gorge.

The gorge remains open however we are closely monitoring for any signs of flooding. The DoC carpark is closed and we discourage access to leisure facilities during this time.

SH37 Waitomo

SH37 remains closed between the roundabout at SH3 and Fullerton Road.

Work is being undertaken to reopen this slip to one lane as soon as possible.

Hawke’s Bay

SH5 Napier-Taupo

A failed culvert has closed the northbound lane near Tarawera. The road is under stop/go traffic management.

Taranaki region

SH43 Stratford to Taumarunui

The large drop out remains but the road is now open and under stop/go traffic management.

Please check road and weather conditions before your journey:

Waka Kotahi Journeys(external link)

Metservice Weather Warnings(external link)

For more information on the Auckland storm event see:

Auckland Council(external link)

Auckland Transport(external link)

Civil Defence(external link)