NZ Transport Agency expands webcam service


The NZ Transport Agency has expanded its traffic information service for drivers by commissioning 13 additional webcams on Auckland's motorway network to give people more detailed information about highway conditions before they travel.

Eight of the new cameras are operating on the Upper Harbour motorway [State Highway18] and five on the Southwestern motorway [SH 20].  Their locations are:-

Upper Harbour: Tauhinu Bridge [looking east], Albany Highway [east], Tauhinu East [east]. Paul Matthews [east], Greenhithe Road [east] , George Deane [east], Upper Harbour [east], Wicklam Lane [west]

Southwestern:  Dominion Road [looking south], Hillsborough Road [[south], Melrose [south], Queenstown Road [north], Sandringham [north]

Camera images, which are refreshed every 60 seconds, can be viewed on the NZTA’s Auckland traffic website, link), and for all developers on the NZTA’s InfoConnect website, link)
The 13 additional cameras bring to 36 the number operating on the Auckland network.  

The Upper Harbour and Southwestern motorways are part of the developing Western Ring Route and as more drivers use it as an alternative motorway route around Auckland web cameras will help them to plan their journeys with more accuracy says the NZTA’s State Highways Manager for Auckland, Tommy Parker. 

“The cameras allow the NZTA to deliver an important service to people by giving them the opportunity to avoid congestion, and to have smoother and safer journeys,” Mr Parker adds.    
Webcams also operate in Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch, and the NZTA plans to expand it service for travellers in the South Island and the central North Island.