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Napier-Taupo Rd closed tonight

Drivers are being reminded to take care and plan travel carefully as winter weather conditions mean many central and lower North Island roads continue to be heavily impacted by snow, flooding and road closures. 

The NZ Transport Agency is reminding motorists to the drive to the conditions with rain, cool temperatures and the possibility of snow still contributing to challenging driving conditions.

"State Highway 5, the Napier-Taupo Road, will remain closed overnight. The detour route, via Gisborne or Palmerston North, will add four-five hours to your journey, so plan ahead, or delay your travel if possible," says NZTA highway manager Neil Walker.

The Desert Road also remains closed, with the alternative route via National Park open.

State Highway 2 Otoko to Matawai is currently open but impacted by snow, so motorists are advised to take extra care.

The Rimutaka Hill Road is predicted to have very cool temperatures and light snow flurries particularly around early to mid-morning when people are commuting to work on Monday morning. Again, if possible, considering delaying travel, or taking the train. If you are driving over the Rimutaka Hill Road, watch your speeds and be aware of possible icy and slippery conditions, particularly in shaded areas of the road. This advice applies to other roads throughout the region.

“As conditions can change rapidly, we advise people to check the latest weather and road updates before they get on the road,” Mr Walker says.

Motorists can get real time information from:

·         0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)


For Central North Island updates



For Wellington and Wairarapa updates



The Transport Agency’s Winter Journeys website brings together tips on winter driving and links to get updates on the latest weather and road conditions.

4 October 2017

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