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Slips and flooding close SH5 between Napier and Taupo


The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists that State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo is closed after heavy rain caused slips and flooding.

It’s not yet clear when the road will reopen.

A detour route for travellers is to go south from Taupo via Palmerston North on State Highway 1 and 2. This will add 4 to 5 hours to the journey.

A second but longer detour is to go north from Taupo on SH5 to Rotorua, take SH30 and SH2 to Gisborne and on to Napier.

Check the Transport Agency’s website: (external link) for the latest highway information or sign up to (external link) for up-to-date information on what is happening on the route you plan to travel; freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS for national and regional travel updates.