Large pothole closes lanes on busy Auckland street

  • Updated
  • 11/04/2024

A large pothole, which officials initially described as a sinkhole, has emerged in Auckland this morning.

Emergency services were called to the pothole on Queenstown Road in the suburb of Onehunga at 7:53am.

Officials originally reported it was a sinkhole, however, they have since advised it is actually a pothole. Auckland Transport has apologised for any confusion.

A firefighter told a Newshub camera operator at the scene the road was "wobbling" when trucks went past which is why emergency services partially shut the road. Water was flowing out of nearby tarseal.

A pothole has emerged in Auckland.
A pothole has emerged in Auckland. Photo credit: Newshub.
Water was flowing out from a nearby tarseal.
Water was flowing out from a nearby tarseal. Photo credit: Newshub.

No roads have been closed, however, two northbound lanes of the four-lane road were closed to traffic.

Watercare said crews were responding to two water leaks on Queenstown Road.

" Repairs are underway and we expect to restore water to the 17 affected properties by about 1pm," a spokesperson said.

"At this stage the leaks appear to be unrelated to a pothole nearby."

Police said they were assisting with traffic management.