Easter traffic piling up north of Auckland and in Wellington

Heavy traffic is continuing to cause delays for holiday makers fleeing the main centres for the Easter weekend.

Aucklanders heading north of the city are facing multiple choke points near Puhoi, Warkworth and south of Wellsford.  

According to Google Maps there is at least a 40-minute delay for drivers passing north through Wellsford.

The New Zealand Transport Agency said on Twitter early on Friday morning it was expecting heavy traffic in the area.

"PLAN AHEAD: Expect heavy traffic northbound on #SH1 between Puhoi and Wellsford TODAY from 8am-8pm," it said.

Meanwhile in Wellington, the going is slow from Peka Peka to Otaki and it could take up to 30 minutes from Plimmerton to Paekakariki.

Police are urging the public to be careful on the roads over the Easter period, as last year's holiday road toll hit levels not seen for nearly a decade.

Superintendent Steve Greally told Newshub a road trip can be fun, but people need to be aware of safety.

"It's going to be a great time for families to have fun and just to relax, but for god's sake be safe, help us do our job and that is to keep you safe on our roads."


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