COVID-19 SERVICES UPDATE: Information for all alert levels, Waka Kotahi services and more

SCAM ALERTS: Report a phishing scam or learn about the latest phishing emails

ONLINE SERVICES: We currently have an issue with receiving some payments and are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.

EASTER WEEKEND – PLAN AHEAD: Heading away for the long weekend? Check our holiday journeys tool(external link)

SCAM ALERTS: Refund email and Vehicle licence (rego) renewal phishing emails

SH2 Maramarua passing lane closures during busy holiday period


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises motorists that passing lanes at Maramarua on State Highway 2 will be closed for safety reasons during busy Christmas and New Year holiday travel periods.

SH2 is the main highway connection between Auckland and the Coromandel and Tauranga.

Acting Waikato Transport System Manager Rob Campbell says the closures will make the road safer for all road users in heavy traffic by maintaining a steady flow and preventing crashes as traffic merges at the end of the passing lane.

For eastbound traffic, the three passing lanes on SH2 near Mangatawhiri Road, Kopuku Road and Heaven’s Rest will be closed:

  • Saturday 21 December 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 22 December 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 27 December 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 28 December 9am to 5pm.

For westbound traffic, the two passing lanes near Heaven’s Rest and the Maramarua Golf Club will be closed:

  • Thursday 2 January 9am to 10pm
  • Friday 3 January 9am to 10pm
  • Sunday 5 January 9am to 10pm

“Slightly longer queues can be expected when the passing lanes are closed but we expect minimal impact to overall travel times. We ask drivers to be patient and allow extra time for their journeys, so everyone gets where they’re going safely,” says Mr Campbell. 

Reopening of the passing lanes and ramps will depend on the traffic flow. If traffic remains heavy, the closures will remain in place for longer.

Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey this summer. Keep up to date with: