NZTA say motorists need to plan ahead

Photo: Daniel Hines.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) are urging motorists travelling across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region for Easter to drive to the conditions and plan ahead before leaving home.

As Easter Monday, Anzac Day and school holidays fall in the same week, NZTA Acting Director of Regional Relationships Ross I’Anson says it’s likely to be extra busy on our roads.

“Congestion and delays are inevitable during holiday periods, so we also want to remind everyone to be patient, drive to the conditions, keep to the speed limit, always wear a seatbelt and never drive while impaired or distracted.

“Following these simple rules can be the difference between a safe trip or a tragic outcome,’’ Ross says.

The NZTA predicts traffic will be heavy today, and also on the return journey on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 April.

Looking forward to Anzac Day, road users shouls allow extra time for their journeys, as on Anzac morning there will be short term restrictions and small detours near some townships.

 “These include Te Aroha in the Waikato and Katikati in the Bay of Plenty as processions and services take place,” says Ross.

Places to expect delays around the region

Bay of Plenty

  •   •  SH29 - Kaimai (West of Tauranga)

  •   •  SH2 - Between Paeroa and Waihi

  •   •  SH2 - Between Tauranga and Katikati

Coromandel

  •   •  SH25A - South of Tairua

Waikato

  •   •  SH1 - Karapiro (South of Cambridge)

  •   •  SH1 - Taupiri (North of Hamilton)

  •   •  SH2 - Maramarua (East of SH1/SH2 Interchange

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