Northern Gateway toll lifted to provide alternative free detour on SH1


The toll on the Northern Gateway will be paused from 5pm Monday 30 January until 10pm Sunday 5 February (or until the state of emergency in Auckland is lifted).

It will provide motorists who need to travel, a reliable alterative to SH16 which is being affected by flooding and the Hibiscus Coast Highway on-ramp which is closed due to damage.

People are still being urged to stay home if possible. If travel is essential, ensure you exercise extreme caution and drive to the conditions. Be prepared for some road surfaces to be rough where rain has stripped top layers of the seal and watch for flooding and other debris on the road.

Northland and Auckland road closures as at 5pm:

  • SH1 Brynderwyn Hills: With additional slips occurring overnight and more wet weather forecast over the coming days, heavy traffic must use SH12 and SH14 as a detour while lighter vehicles will be able to use a sign posted local road detour. Traffic will be detoured until further investigations can be completed.
  • SH16 West Coast Road to Kahikatea Flat Road: Flooding between West Coast Road and Kahikatea Flat Road has caused this section of SH16 to close. There is a local road detour available, but further flooding could affect this route. SH1 remains a more reliable route at this stage.

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)

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)