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Traffic woes: Long delays for holidaymakers leaving Auckland

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
National,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 26 December 2018, 2:31PM
Traffic is creeping slowly across the bridge to the North Shore and beyond.. Photo / Getty Images
Traffic is creeping slowly across the bridge to the North Shore and beyond.. Photo / Getty Images

As the Christmas hype begins to settle down, Auckland holidaymakers are beginning to disperse outside the city causing major delays on roads.

Northbound traffic on State Highway 1 is slow through Puhoi, Warkworth and Wellsford and delays are anticipated throughout day.

Aucklanders travelling to the Coromandel and Tauranga could expect delays through Mangatawhiri and Maramarua.

A crash is blocking the left lane of the State Highway 1 southbound off-ramp to State Highway 2 has cleared, allowing earlier congestion to ease.

Traffic is expected to be busy through Huntly between 11am and 5pm for northbound and southbound traffic.

Auckland Harbour Bridge has closed the "clip-on" lanes for maintenance from December 26 to January 4. Three lanes in each direction will remain open during that time.

Traffic is creeping slowly across the bridge to the North Shore and beyond.

As Boxing Day Sales begin, traffic heading to Sylvia Park from the Mt Wellington Highway off-ramp is heavy - as is the Mt Wellington on-ramp.

Traffic is heavily congested on Onehunga Mall.

NZTA has advised drivers to avoid the area as delays are expected.

In other parts of the North Island, drivers travelling on SH35 from Gisborne to Hicks Bay can also expect delays, partly because of road works.

SH4 from Raetihi to Whanganui is closed because of slips.

NZTA advises northbound traffic to use SH3, SH1, SH49, onto Raetihi Ohakune Rd and back onto SH4.

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