November 30, 2023

Roads closed, flights cancelled: What you need to know about transport networks amid wild weather

Watch: The latest on the wild weather lashing New Zealand.

Destructive weather is lashing the top of New Zealand, affecting both council and State Highway networks as well as flights in and out of Northland.

Auckland and Northland motorists are being told to avoid non-essential travel.

Below is a list of roads affected. For the latest State Highway information, click here.

Auckland 

State Highway 1 between Brynderwyn Hills to Waipū and Dome Valley has been hit by flooding and slips. Both sections of the highway are closed.

“Detours are currently in place for light vehicles via Mangawhai and Waipū, and for heavy vehicles via SH12 and SH14,” the NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi said in a statement.

“Waka Kotahi is advising people to check the very latest weather conditions with MetService and is urging anyone who does need to drive in areas affected by severe weather to adjust their driving to the conditions, which means slowing down, increasing following distances, switching headlights on and watching for flooding and other debris on the road.”

Auckland Council roads have also been affected by the wild weather.

“Widespread flooding and heavy traffic across Auckland are causing significant disruption for all public transport services.

“Buses are being severely affected by heavy traffic, especially in the city centre. Due to traffic conditions and flooding on the North Shore our NX1, NX5, 95 and 97 services are being particularly hard hit, with very long queues at city centre bus stops.

“Trains are currently suspended across the rail network except between Otahuhu and Papakura on the Southern Line, and between Otahuhu to Manukau on the Eastern Line,” said Auckland Transport metro services group manager Darek Coper, urging people to check the agency’s mobile app for the latest information.

Northland

  • Cove Rd, Whangārei – closed by flooding
  • Kaka St, Whangārei – closed by flooding
  • Kokopu Rd, Whangārei (between Kara Rd and McKinley Rds – closed by tree down)
  • Ross Street, Whangārei – closed by flooding
  • Bell Rd, Kaitāia – closed by flooding
  • Clough Rd, Kaitāia – closed by flooding
  • Diggers Valley Rd, Kaitāia – closed by flooding
  • Fairburn Rd – closed by a slip
  • Hive Rd, Oue – closed by flooding
  • Hooks and Halls Rd – closed by flooding
  • Inland Road, Whatuwhiwhi – closed by flooding (detour via Pass Rd)
  • Iwitaua Road, Mangamuka – closed by flooding
  • Kaitāia-Awaroa Road, Kaitāia (past Roma Rd heading To Herekino) – closed by flooding
  • Mill Rd, Otaki – closed by flooding
  • Mangatoetoe Road, Kaitāia – closed by flooding
  • Miro Pl, Kaitāia – closed by flooding except to 4wd
  • Oruru Rd, Peria – closed by a slip
  • Pekerau Rd, Lake Ohia – closed by flooding
  • Peria Rd – closed by flooding
  • Peria Valley Rd – closed by flooding
  • Ruaroa Rd, Kaitāia – one lane due to flooding
  • Remuera Settlement Rd, Ohaeawai – one lane due to flooding
  • Sand Hills Rd, Ahipara – closed by flooding 
  • Taumata Rd, Taipa – closed by flooding
  • West Coast Rd, Kohukohu – closed by a slip
  • Whangape Rd, Herekino – closed by flooding
  • Wireless Rd, Kaitāia – closed by flooding.

Air travel

Multiple flights have also been been cancelled by Air New Zealand amid the wild weather.

Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said customers on impacted flights would be rebooked on next available services.

“The heavy rain in the North Island has caused flight cancellations out of both Kerikeri and Whangārei airports,” she said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“At this stage, the rain has not impacted the airline’s services into or out of Auckland Airport. Our team is closely monitoring the weather and will make changes as required.”

For the latest information about the status of Air New Zealand flights, click here.

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