Tool reveals where the worst traffic will be over Labour weekend 

Traffics expected to pick up Friday afternoon.
Traffics expected to pick up Friday afternoon. Photo credit: Getty Images

Holidaymakers hoping to avoid traffic this weekend may be in luck after Waka Kotahi, New Zealand's Transport Agency, updated its popular tool which helps predict where the queues are likely to be.  

The 'Holiday Hotspots journey planning tool' shows drivers when and where traffic is expected to be the heaviest, based on travel patterns from previous years.  

Along with making travel quicker, Waka Kotahi hopes it will help reduce the road toll.  

Last year five people died on New Zealand roads over the Labour weekend period, which begins at 4pm on Friday and ends 6am on Tuesday.  

Waka Kotahi senior road safety manager Fabian Marsh said several road works are being put on hold over the long weekend but drivers should be careful on newly sealed roads. 

"When you're out on the roads this Labour Weekend, make safe choices to protect yourself and others. Be patient, drive at a safe speed, wear your seatbelt, don't drink and drive, make sure you're well rested and plan ahead," Marsh said.  

Police are also urging people to be careful and follow the road rules over the holiday period.  

"Our dedicated staff will be patrolling our roads anywhere, anytime to deter these unsafe driving behaviours. Don't risk the chance of receiving an infringement notice or being charged for an offence this weekend or any other day," said Superintendent Steve Greally.