Tips For Easter Motorists


Clocks go back one hour at 3am on Sunday and NZTA is urging travelling motorists, who may be in holiday mode, to remember that when they organize their homeward journey from their Easter break.

NTA says motorists need to remember that the clocks going back an hour increases the risk of late afternoon sun strike when the roads will be busy with holiday traffic, and it will also get darker earlier in the evenings.

Easter is likely to be very busy on the roads as its the start of school holidays as well.

Judging by past patterns, holiday traffic leaving Auckland for Northland and the Coromandel will start building up from midday.

Coromandel-bound Aucklanders can avoid expected queues at Kopu Bridge in Waikato by using an alternative route via SH2 and SH26.  The NZTA says road-side messages will inform drivers of conditions ahead so that they can choose their preferred holiday route.

This time of the year was also a busy one for NZTA road improvement projects before winter. While work on most sites would stop during Easter, people still need to take care travelling through those sites. Key sites include:

  • SH1:  Warkworth township
  • SH16: Punganui stream bridge replacement near Helensville
  • Northland SH1 Cape Reinga sealing
  • SH1: Old North Road near Hikurangi
  • SH10: Waitangi Bridge near Kerikeri

NZTA’s Auckland director Wayne McDonald said loose metal at those sites could damage vehicles, and people should observe the speed restrictions to reduce that risk.





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