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Desert Road State Highway now closed due to fatal crash

The Desert Road State Highway 1 is now closed between Rangipo and Waiouru due to a fatal crash.

There is a detour in place.  For southbound traffic, use State Highway 46 And State Highway 47 to National Park, left onto State Highway 4 then left onto State Highway 49 to Waiouru. Northbound traffic will take the reverse route.

This detour will add approximately 40 minutes to journey time. We thank motorists for their patience.

The Police's Serious Crash Unit is in attendance at the crash site.

Regularly updated information will be 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).