Top 10 suburbs in New Zealand for car crashes revealed

  • 02/08/2023
Henderson (pictured) in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland came in third place for the suburb with the most car crashes.
Henderson (pictured) in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland came in third place for the suburb with the most car crashes. Photo credit: Google.

An insurance company has revealed the top 10 suburbs in New Zealand with the most car crashes.

AMI Insurance has crunched claims data from vehicle accidents around Aotearoa from May 2020 to May 2023 - and the results aren't surprising.

Six of the top 10 worst 'collision' suburbs were in the biggest city.

  • 6505 - Auckland City Centre
  • 5046 - Christchurch Centre
  • 3916 - Henderson (Auckland)
  • 3106 - Albany (Auckland)
  • 3029 - Glenfield (Auckland)
  • 2987 - Mount Maunganui
  • 2889 - East Tāmaki (Auckland)
  • 2843 - Dunedin Centre
  • 2799 - Mount Wellington (Auckland)
  • 2633 - Hamilton Centre

The data also revealed 40 percent of all vehicle crashes occurred between 1pm and 6pm.

Wayne Tippet, AMI's claims executive general manager, urged drivers to stay alert - especially in the afternoons.

"This rush-hour period often sees gridlock and agitated driver behaviour."

A quarter of all vehicle crashes happened between 10am and 1pm, "which tends to be a much quieter time on the roads", he said.

Crashes at that time of day often happen in car parks.

"We also see many claims during this period where drivers fail to stop or mistake a light as green for their lane."

Tippet said late-morning crashes are typically between people who've been driving for at least ten years.

"Even if you have years of experience on the road, you should never become complacent behind the wheel." 

Just 3.6 percent of crashes happen between 10pm and 5am.

When it comes to days of the week, Fridays were the worst (16 percent of crashes), followed by Thursdays and Wednesdays.

And in the city power rankings, the most populous region is once again the worst place in Aotearoa for crashes.

  • 33.9 percent - Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau
  • 10.9 percent - Christchurch / Ōtautahi
  • 4.8 percent - Wellington / Te Whanganui a Tara
  • 4.0 percent - Hamilton / Kirikiriroa
  • 3.4 percent - Tauranga / Tauranga Moana
  • 2.7 percent - Dunedin / Ōtepoti
  • 2.3 percent - Lower Hutt / Te Awakairangi
  • 1.9 percent - Whangārei / Whangārei
  • 1.8 percent - Palmerston North / Te Papa i Oea
  • 1.5 percent - New Plymouth / Ngāmotu