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Desert Road State Highway 1 now open


The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that the Desert Road State Highway 1 between Rangipo and Waiouru is now fully open in both directions following a fatal crash earlier this morning.

Motorists should still take care and be aware of changing weather conditions in the area.  Visit the Metservice website(external link) for up to date information on weather conditions. Tips for winter driving conditions are available on the Transport Agency’s website

Regularly updated information on the Desert Road is available from the NZ Transport Agency’s traffic and travel information(external link) section on its website, from the Transport Agency’s Central North Island Twitter account @NZTACNI  and Facebook(external link) page, or by calling 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).