Safe and stress-free long weekend journeys start with Waka Kotahi’s on-line journey planner


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is urging people to plan ahead for a safe ANZAC Day long weekend, and we’ve updated our popular on-line holiday journeys traffic prediction tool to make it easy.

Holiday journeys traffic prediction tool (external link)

“With last year’s ANZAC weekend trips cancelled due to the nationwide Covid-19 lock down, and with school holidays in full swing this year including people visiting Aotearoa from across the ditch, Waka Kotahi is predicting that our roads will be very busy throughout the long weekend as holiday makers take the opportunity to travel around New Zealand.

“We want everyone using the roads this weekend to get to where they’re going safely. You can keep your ANZAC weekend safe, minimise delays and make your trips more enjoyable by using our holiday journey planner and checking the latest traffic conditions  before you leave.

Holiday journey planner(external link)
Latest traffic conditions(external link)

“Some congestion and delays are inevitable in peak times, so we’ve crunched the numbers from traffic volumes for previous holiday periods and used that data to make our best predictions for when and where traffic will be heaviest this ANZAC weekend, right across Aotearoa.

“Starting your trip at non-peak times can make the journey safer, easier and more enjoyable. Also remember that predicted peak times for travel may change based on traffic incidents, weather, driver behaviour, or changes in Covid-19 alert levels, so it’s also a good idea to check the very latest conditions before you head away,” says Neil Walker, Waka Kotahi’s National Manager, Maintenance and Operations.

Waka Kotahi is urging everyone travelling this long weekend to drive to the conditions, allow plenty of time for their journeys, and take regular breaks to stay alert.

Top tips for safe holiday journeys

Check your vehicle is safe to drive. Check your tyres, wipers, lights and indicators, and ensure you have a valid Warrant of Fitness before you leave.

Please be patient when driving this long weekend so everyone can relax and enjoy their holiday.

Drive to the conditions - whether it’s the weather, the road you’re on, the time of day or the volume of traffic on the roads.

Slow down. Even when speed doesn’t cause a crash, it is always a factor in the severity and can be the difference between a person being killed, seriously injured, or walking away from a crash.

Take regular breaks to stay alert.

Keep a safe following distance from vehicles in front so you can stop safely.

Allow plenty of time. You’re on holiday, no need to rush.

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