The license plate of a car waiting in traffic described the mood of many motorists heading from the capital on Wednesday.
Motorists heading out of Wellington for the Christmas and Summer Break today should expect more traffic and delays after heavy congestion across the area Tuesday.
The Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises people to use their vacation trip online Hotspot tool To know when and where to expect delays across the entire state highway network.
On Christmas Eve, you expect northbound traffic on the Kāpiti Coast on State Highway 1, between Peka Peka and Taki, will start getting busy from 9 am and will remain busy until 7.30pm.
They are expected to be heaviest between 1 PM and 5:30 PM.
South, it will be busy between 11am and 5pm.
State Highway 2 going north on Remutaka Hill between Wellington and Featherston will be busy from midday until 3.30pm.
The displacement of vehicles from the capital on Tuesday, along with a collision, resulted in severe congestion and congestion in some areas throughout the day, with some motorists reporting moving just two kilometers in an hour.
Traffic didn’t start to go down until around 6:30 PM.
An accident across both lanes on the SH1 near taki caused significant delays and prompted police to ask drivers to avoid the area, unless it was urgent.
One of the motorists said It took two hours to get from the CBD to Paraparaumu, with one hour spent in the crawling traffic between Plimmerton Roundabout and Boqueroa Bay – a stretch of road that usually takes less than five minutes.
She said, “Everyone was well behaved, and they were very patient and calm, and take things their way.”
Another driver, Liz Hay, said she left the Blemmerton roundabout around 12.45pm. By 2 pm they were still South Otaki.
“We are from the South Island and we have never experienced anything like it before. Often there are sections where we don’t move at all.”
Greg Halford also commented on the congestion and said an hour and 45 minutes after leaving Wellington, they were still 10 kilometers from Otaki.