The NZ Transport Agency has developed a tool that shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys based on travel patterns from previous years. It can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/holidayjourneys.
"Holiday weekends are always busy across Waikato and Bay of Plenty so congestion and delays are inevitable in peak times. But if everyone leaves plenty of time for their journey, drives to the conditions and plans ahead before leaving home, the worst of the frustrations can be eased and everyone can concentrate on arriving safely," says an NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager, Nigel D’Ath.
"Look for an alternative route or consider leaving when the traffic is lighter, either early in the morning or later in the day."
Because predicted peak times can change based on incidents, weather and even driver behaviour we suggest that you check www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic-and-travel-information(external link) before you leave for accurate information about current road and traffic conditions.
The holiday journeys site shows the busiest areas through Bay of Plenty and Waikato are expected to be the Kaimai Range, State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi and State Highway 2 between Tauranga and Katikati, State Highway 1 north of Hamilton at Taupiri, State Highway 1 south of Cambridge at Karapiro, State Highway 2 at Maramarua and the Coromandel on State Highway 25 at Tairua and Kopu Bridge. Detailed times can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/holidayjourneys(external link).
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