This interactive map will help you beat the Anniversary Weekend rush
Remember to plan ahead to avoid the traditional busy travel times this Auckland Anniversary weekend.
To help you plan ahead, the New Zealand Transport Agency has crunched the traffic numbers from previous Auckland Anniversary weekends to give an insight into expected travel patterns.
Check out the interactive holiday journeys map at the NZTA website.
Busiest times for traffic north of Auckland
- Traffic heading north from Auckland will start building from about 11am Friday, with the busiest times between 2pm and 8pm Friday.
- It will also be busy on Saturday between 10am and 3pm.
SH1 is the busy main route north from Auckland. Consider taking SH16 as an alternative route as far as Wellsford. At busy times, electronic signs on SH1 will display estimated travel times via SH1 and SH16.
Heading back to Auckland on Monday the busiest travel times are from about 11am through until 3.30pm.
Busiest times for traffic south of Auckland or to the Coromandel
- If you’re heading south or to the Coromandel, the Southern Motorway (SH1) is busiest on Friday between 11am and 7.30pm, and on Saturday morning between 8.30am and 1pm.
- Returning on Monday, the motorway is busiest from noon to 6pm.
Check out the NZTA Journey Planner website
Just before you hit the road, and while travelling, use the NZTA’s Journey Planner website. It's a great tool to help plan your trip with real time travel information, traffic cameras, and updates on delays, roadworks and road closures.