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Northbound traffic for those departing Wellington starting to ease as wet weather continues

Some northbound motorists leaving Wellington via State Highway 1 experienced to up to hour long traffic delays on Tuesday due to holiday travel. (File photo)

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Some northbound motorists leaving Wellington via State Highway 1 experienced to up to hour long traffic delays on Tuesday due to holiday travel. (File photo)

Heavy holiday traffic along Wellington’s northern motorways delayed travellers looking to leave the region for much of Tuesday, with wet weather making driving conditions more hazardous.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advised motorists to expect up to hour-long delays for northbound motorists along State Highway 1 between Waikanae to Ōtaki on Tuesday morning from 11am.

By 2.20pm, those delays had been reduced to up to half-hour wait times.

Delays were reportedly longer around Te Horo on SH1, with the north northbound passing lane closed due to holiday traffic until January 5 at 5am.

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A heavy rain watch warning was also in place for much of the west coast of the North Island on Tuesday.

Including areas of Taranaki south of Stratford, Whanganui, Manawatū, Horowhenua, Kāpiti and the Tararua Range, MetService warned of heavy rains from 11am through until 9pm on Tuesday.

Rainfall of between 50 to 70mm was expected in some areas over the nine-hour period, though localised downpours including thunderstorms were also possible.

Traffic for those travelling north via SH2 was reportedly less congested, though motorists were told to expect northbound traffic to remain busy through until December 31, between 10am and 5pm.

Southbound traffic was expected to pick up from January 2 due to returning traffic, with motorists advised to expect delays and allow for extra time.



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