Wellington Scoop

Second afternoon of SH1 delays; traffic queued from Levin to Otaki

There’s been a second afternoon of delays on SH1 this afternoon – but mostly for southbound traffic.

At 1.25, NZTA reported that southbound traffic on SH1 was congested between Manakau and Ōtaki, with queues back to Mokena Kohere Street. The delays were continuing an hour later, and traffic was still queued for the same distance.

By 3.30, things were worse:

Southbound traffic on SH1 continues building and it is now congested between Levin and Ōtaki. Queues are back to Buller Road in Levin.

At 5.20, an accident caused the queues to get even longer:

Due to a crash, SH1 is blocked n both directions at Ohau, near Vista Rd. Southbound traffic is congested from Levin to Ōtaki with queues back to Makomako Rd. Northbound queues are building.

The road was reopened at 6.20, but delays continued.

At 3.50, there were delays on another part of the coast road:

Due to increased southbound traffic, there is congestion between Paraparaumu & Paekākāriki, with queues back to Raumati Road.

This congestion was continuing at 6pm, with queues back to Waterfall Road. But at 6.30, NZTA said the southbound congestion had eased.

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Wellington.Scoop – July 11
There were delays this afternoon for traffic north of Wellington on State Highway 1.

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The first reports came at 11.50am when the NZ Transport Agency said there were significant northbound delays between Plimmerton and Paekākāriki. The delays continued for more than six hours.

At 6.10pm: northbound congestion between Plimmerton & Paekākāriki was easing, but there were still queues are south of Pukerua Bay, and delays were significant.

Soon after midday, delays were also reported around Ōtaki – southbound delays were back to Te Waka Road and there were northbound queues prior to Forest Lakes Road.

At 12.50 congestion for northbound traffic at Ōtaki had eased but southbound delays were continuing, with queues prior to Atkins Road. At 3pm, the queues were back to South Manakau Road.

At 4.15pm, queues continued between Otaki and Manakau, with congestion back to Gleeson Road. Traffic wasn’t flowing freely till after 6pm.


  1. Alex, 11. July 2020, 23:13

    For anyone thinking that the roads need to be better: think again. It’s not the roads, it’s how we’re using them. Search: ‘induced demand’.

  2. Paul Rutherford, 12. July 2020, 12:46

    Yes was on that highway yesterday – stopped or crawling for over an hour. But the traffic miraculously opened right up after the steam trains at Paekakariki. The tailback clearly originated from there. Maybe the organisers need to look at their parking & traffic management systems?