A number of roads are closed around the Central North Island following heavy rain and high winds.
The NZ Transport Agency says people can expect delays and should drive with extra care.
It says people should check the website, the NZTA regional social media pages or call us on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS before leaving for their journey.
Current closures (check www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic for latest information):
• State Highway 45 between New Plymouth and Omata is closed due to a fallen tree. The road is expected to open this afternoon.
• State Highway 43 between Taumarunui and Whangamomona is closed due to slips. The detour is vis State Highway 3 and 4. It is not yet known when this road will open but crews are working where it is currently safe to do so.
• SH 5 between Napier and Taupo is closed due to slips and flooding. A detour route for travellers is to go south from Taupo via Palmerston North on State Highway 1 and 2. This will add 4 to 5 hours to the journey. A second but longer detour is to go north from Taupo on SH5 to Rotorua, take SH30 and SH2 to Gisborne and on to Napier. It is not yet known when this road will open but crews are working where it is currently safe to do so. Given the length of the detours people should consider if their travel is necessary.
Check the Transport Agency’s website: www.nzta.govt.nz for the latest highway information or sign up to www.onthemove.govt.nz for up-to-date information on what is happening on the route you plan to travel; freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS for national and regional travel updates.