Bay of Plenty and Waikato travellers can make their Easter and ANZAC weekend journeys safer and a little sweeter by using the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency holiday journey planner (Easter and Anzac weekends 2022 (nzta.govt.nz) to plan ahead and avoid delays.
“In the Bay of Plenty, motorists should be prepared for heavy traffic on State Highway 2, between Paeroa and Waihi, Tauranga and Katikati and on SH29 over the Kaimai ranges.
“In the Waikato, delays are predicted on SH1 between Tirau and Karapiro, SH2 from Pokeno to Maramarua, and around Tairua on SH25.
Our traffic prediction tool shows the likely times for the heaviest traffic Easter and Anzac weekends 2022 (nzta.govt.nz)
Because predicted peak times can change based on traffic incidents, weather, driver behaviour or changes in Covid-19 alert levels, motorists are encouraged to also visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website – journeys.nzta.govt.nz - before they travel for real-time travel information, live traffic camera feeds, and updates on delays, roadworks and road closures.
Ex-tropical cyclone Fili could also have an impact on the local state highway network leading into the Easter holiday weekend.
“Congestion and delays are inevitable in peak times, however if everyone leaves plenty of time for their journey, drives to the conditions and plans ahead before leaving home, there will be less frustration and everyone can concentrate on arriving safely at their destination,” Mr Speirs says.
Mr Speirs says there are simple things we can all do to help keep everyone on the roads safe.
Note: Due to the impact of Covid-19 on our local contractors, road users on some routes may notice more roadside litter or debris than usual, and we are working hard to clear this as quickly as possible.
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