The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists that the Napier-Taupo Road (State Highway 5) is closed due to snow.
Contractors are currently using snow ploughs to try and clear the roads however the closure is expected to remain in place for some time and motorists are advised to consider delaying unnecessary travel.
Snow falls are also affecting parts of State Highway 1 near Wairakei, north of Taupo. The road is currently open to traffic but extra care is required when travelling on the route.
The Met Service has forecast more snow and icy conditions for the remainder of the week and driving conditions in parts of Ruapehu, Taupo and the south Waikato, as far north as Tirau are likely to be hazardous.
The Transport Agency’s Waikato journey manager, Liam Ryan says contractors will be working to clear SH5 and will monitor conditions on roads in the region throughout the day and into the evening.
“Currently these icy conditions are forecast to last for the next few days across the Waikato including areas to the north of the Central Plateau,” he says.
“Motorists travelling in or through the Ruapehu, Taupo and South Waikato districts should check conditions before travelling this week particularly overnight and during the morning when ice is most commonly found.
“It is important that people slow down, allow more time for their journey, drive to the conditions and be prepared for unexpected hazards in this type of weather.