Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises State Highway 2 is closed through the Karangahake Gorge, between Paeroa and Waihi, due to a serious crash.
UPDATE 4.05PM: The road is now open. Please be patient and take care. Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.
Waikato System Manager Cara Lauder says detours for this route are significant and encourages people to delay their travel, where possible.
“The southbound detour takes motorists south on SH2 from Waihi to Tauranga, then onto State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Range, State Highway 24 to Matamata, State Highway 27 to Tatuanui and State Highway 26 to Paeroa. Motorists travelling from Paeroa take the same route, in the opposite direction.
“Northbound, motorists travelling from Waihi should take State Highway 25, turning onto State Highway 25A (Kopu-Hikuai Road) and then State Highway 26 between Kopu and Paeroa, with motorists travelling from Paeroa taking the same route, in reverse.”
Ms Lauder encouraged people to visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website (journeys.nzta.govt.nz(external link)) for the latest information on the road closure and detours, before setting off.
Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.