The NZ Transport Agency would like to remind motorists that the scenic SH16 alternative route is usually less congested than SH1 and can save time when travelling to and from Northland this coming Christmas and New Year holiday period.
The NZ Transport Agency would like to remind motorists that the scenic State Highway 16 (SH16) alternative route is usually less congested than State Highway 1 (SH1) and can save time when travelling to and from Northland this coming Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Congestion between Silverdale and Warkworth often causes lengthy delays for motorists heading to destinations north of Wellsford on SH1. To help motorists avoid this, electronic message signs will indicate where to leave SH1 and take SH16 as soon as queues start developing.
Motorists should look out for electronic signs on SH1 south of the Silverdale exit when leaving Auckland, and immediately north of Wellsford when returning. Motorists are advised to travel outside the busy afternoon peak and avoid queues heading into Wellsford.
SH16 can be reached by:
The SH16 route then rejoins SH1 at Wellsford.
“The alternative route is an effective way for holidaymakers to avoid the frustrations of the often long delays through Orewa and Warkworth at this time of year. Using SH16 as an alternative means motorists have the option to enjoy reduced travel times and less stressful motoring,” says NZTA acting regional manager Tommy Parker.
The NZTA encourages motorists to take regular breaks and drive to the conditions over the Christmas and New Year holiday.
More information on driving over the Christmas holiday period, and a map showing the alternative route, is available at www.nzta.govt.nz(external link)