Flooding and slips on Auckland and Northland state highways – motorists urged to avoid non-essential travel


Heavy rain is continuing to affect the state highway network in Auckland and Northland and people are advised to take extra care on the roads and avoid travel where possible.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises of the following road closures:

  • SH1 Brynderwyn – closed due to multiple slips
  • SH12 (multiple locations) – closed due to flooding
  • SH1 Dome Valley – closed due to multiple slips and tree clearing
  • SH1 Puhoi – closed due to major slips
  • SH16 – limited access between Kumeu and Wellsford with impassable sections due to slips and flooding
  • SH1 Esmonde Rd (northbound) – closed due to flooding
  • SH1 Greville Rd (northbound) – closed due to flooding
  • SH20A Kirkbride Tunnel – closed due to flooding
  • SH25A Coromandel Peninsula – closed due to storm damaged road (underslip). This will be closed for at least the duration of Auckland Anniversary Weekend.
  • SH25 Coromandel Peninsula – limited access due to flooding and slips on the upper section of the peninsula. Work to clear the area will commence tomorrow morning.

Paul Geck, Maintenance and Operations Manager, Auckland System Management is urging motorists to avoid non-essential travel.

“If you can’t delay your travel then please take extra caution when travelling through areas of flooding.

“We are closely monitoring the state highway network and crews are out working to clear slips and ensure the safety of road users.

“Heavy rain is expected to continue this evening, so before heading out, travelling motorists should check the Waka Kotahi travel information site Journey Planner for the latest updates on road closures.

Journey Planner website(external link)

“People needing to travel are reminded to drive to the conditions, and watch out for unexpected road hazards like surface flooding in low-lying areas, potholes, slips or fallen trees. Heavy rain can also reduce visibility” says Paul Geck.

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience as we work to reopen roads as quickly as possible.

Please note that this information is accurate at the time of release and is subject to change quickly. Real time updates on road closures and detours is available on the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner.

Journey Planner website(external link)

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