North Island roading update


If you can avoid travel, please stay home. If you’re driving in the forecast heavy rainfall, please drive to the conditions, which means keeping a safe following distance and dropping your speed and watch for flooding and other debris on the road.

That’s the message again from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as a Metsevice red warning remains in place for both Northland and Coromandel.

Metservice Weather Warnings(external link)

This may unfortunately cause further disruption to the transport network. Contractors will do their best to keep roads open and minimise that impact, however short notice closures may need to take place.

As heavy rainfall is also forecast to spread further down the North Island today, roading contractors will continue to closely monitor the state highway network for changes.

Waka Kotahi is providing regular updates to the public as the severe weather continues to affect Aotearoa this week. Our Journey Planner page is updated by our traffic operations centres 24/7 to provide the latest available information on state highway closures and disruptions. Remember to refresh the page when checking the status of highways to ensure the latest updates are displayed.

Waka Kotahi Journey Planner(external link)

State Highway closures as of 7.30am

Northland region

SH1 Brynderwyn to Waipu

This stretch of road remains closed from the SH12 intersection to Waipu.

Motorists should expect delays with a detour via Waipu / Mangawhai. Slips have now been cleared but the risk of further slips means the road will remain closed for now.

SH16 Kaukapakapa to Wellsford 

Due to a truck crash, both lanes on SH16 are blocked between Makarau Rd and Tuhirangi Rd, north of Kaukapakapa. Delay your journey or consider using alternative route via SH1.

SH16 Helensville to Waimauku 

Due to flooding, SH16 is closed between Bradly Rd and Hutchinson Rd south of Helensville. Delay your journey or consider alternative route.

Waikato / Coromandel region

SH 26 Te Aroha to Paeroa 

Due to flooding on this section of highway,the road is closed. Motorists are advised to expect delays and take extra care in the area.

SH25A Kopu to Hikuai

The highway remains closed until further notice following a large section of road collapsing  over the weekend

The Tapu-Coroglen and 309 roads are also closed. Detour is State Highway 2 via Karangahake Gorge.

The gorge remains open however we are closely monitoring for any signs of flooding. The DoC carpark is closed and we discourage access to leisure facilities during this time.

SH37 Waitomo

SH37 remains closed between the roundabout at SH3 and Fullerton Road. Detour available

Work is being undertaken to reopen this slip to one lane as soon as possible.

Please check road and weather conditions before your journey:

Waka Kotahi Journey Planner(external link)

Metservice Weather Warnings(external link)

For more information on the Auckland storm event see:

Auckland Council(external link)

Auckland Transport(external link)

Civil Defence(external link)