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SH16 alternative route to Northland recommended this Labour
Weekend

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The New Zealand Transport Agency would like to remind motorists that the scenic State Highway 16 (SH16) alternative route is usually less congested than State Highway 1 (SH1) and can save time when travelling to and from Northland this Labour Weekend.

The New Zealand Transport Agency would like to remind motorists that the scenic State Highway 16 (SH16) alternative route is usually less congested than State Highway 1 (SH1) and can save time when travelling to and from Northland this Labour Weekend.

Congestion between Silverdale and Warkworth often causes lengthy delays for motorists heading to destinations north of Wellsford on SH1. To help motorists avoid this, electronic message signs will indicate where to leave SH1 and take SH16 as soon as queues start developing.

Motorists should look out for electronic signs on SH1 south of the Silverdale exit when leaving Auckland, and immediately north of Wellsford when returning. Motorists are advised to travel outside the busy afternoon peak and avoid queues heading into Wellsford.

SH16 can be reached by:

  • Taking the Northern Motorway (SH1) exiting at the Silverdale off-ramp and joining SH16 at Kaukapakapa (via Kahikatea Flat Rd); or
  • Taking the Northwestern Motorway (SH16) and continuing via Westgate and Helensville

The SH16 route then rejoins SH1 at Wellsford.

“The alternative route is an effective way for holidaymakers to avoid the frustrations of delays through Orewa and Warkworth,” says NZTA acting regional manager Tommy Parker.

The NZTA encourages motorists to take regular breaks and drive to the conditions over the long weekend.

More information on driving over the long weekend, and a map showing the alternative route, is available at www.nzta.govt.nz(external link) 

For more information please contact:

Tommy Parker
Acting regional manager
NZ Transport Agency
      64 9 368 2000
tommy.parker@nzta.govt.nz

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