The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists that State Highway 35 on the East Cape is CLOSED at Ruakokore as trees have come down and are blocking both lanes of the road.
Update: 3 March 12.14pm
SH35 is now OPEN to all traffic.
Contractors are making their way to the site and the highway is expected to be open within two hours.
For personalised information about driving conditions on their frequently used routes, motorists can sign up to On The Move at www.onthemove.govt.nz(external link).
For real time information on highway conditions and incidents or to report issues on the network visit www.nzta.govt.nz(external link) call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or follow @nztawaibop on twitter.