UPDATE 3PM: Napier to Taupō and most other state highways now open


State Highway 5, the Napier to Taupō Road is now open but people are being reminded to take extra care.

The NZ Transport Agency says people can still expect delays as there will be parts of the road down to one lane.

It says people should check the website, the NZTA regional social media pages or call us on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS before leaving for their journey.

Current closures (check www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic(external link) for latest information):


  •  State Highway 43 between Taumarunui and Whangamomona is closed due to slips. The detour is via State Highway 3 and 4. Road is expected to be open tomorrow afternoon at least.

Roads now open:

  •  State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo is now open but extra care is needed. People should expect delays.
  •  State Highway 2 between Tutira and Whirinaki near Napier is now open.
  •  State Highway 45 between New Plymouth and Omata is now open and is being monitored. People should take extra if they need to use this road.


Check the Transport Agency’s website: www.nzta.govt.nz(external link)  for the latest highway information or www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz(external link) for up-to-date information on what is happening on the route you plan to travel; freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS for national and regional travel updates.

We are also on social media.