Plan ahead for Taupō Supercars Championship


NZTA is reminding motorsport fans heading to Taupō for the Supercars Championship tomorrow to plan ahead and be prepared for heavy traffic on the roads as people and vehicles converge on the central North Island.

Traffic on state highways in the central North Island is expected to start building from today ahead of the races this weekend. Please allow additional time and check Journey Planner for the latest traffic and travel information.

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With accommodation in the town booked and an expected crowd of up to 25,000 people each day it will be a very busy weekend on the roads.

“We’re expecting to see heavy traffic volumes in and around Taupō over the few days of the Supercars Championship,” says Andy Oakley, System Manager for New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi in the Waikato.

“Anyone travelling on State Highways 1 and 5 through the central North Island should allow plenty of time and expect delays as they get near to Taupō.

“All non-essential maintenance activity has been paused on SH1 and SH5 in the central North Island, however drivers may encounter some active work sites with temporary speed limits in place. Please take care and stick to the posted speed,” Mr Oakley says. 

When spectators make it to Taupō, parking for the Supercars Championship is available from the SH1 Centennial Avenue Interchange only, no access is available from Broadlands Road. Traffic Management will be in place to help guide spectator vehicles and manage traffic flows.

A free shuttle service to the event is available from central Taupō, more information on event access is available from link)

Anyone staying in Taupō, especially those travelling from the north on SH1 and SH5, should use the SH1 East Taupō interchanges for easier access to town rather than Wairakei Drive.