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Which roads to avoid this Christmas and New Years

We all know how busy the roads can be around the Christmas and New Years, so the NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) has tried to ease the congestion this holiday period.

The NZTA are letting everyone know the hot spots to avoid across the country with an interactive map that lets you know when the roads are, 'free-flowing', 'busy' and at their 'heaviest'.  

Here's the full list:

Auckland

SH1 - Takanini (South of Auckland)

SH2 - Maramarua (East of SH1/SH2 Interchange)

SH1 - between Puhoi and Wellsford

Bay of Plenty

SH29 - Kaimai (West of Tauranga)

SH2 - Between Tauranga and Katikati

SH2 - between Paeroa and Waihi

Canterbury

SH73 - Arthur's Pass

SH1 - between Ashburton and Christchurch

SH7 - Lewis Pass

SH1 - Waipara (North of Christchurch)

SH1 - Waimakariri

Manawatu-Wanganui

SH2 - Norsewood between Hastings and Woodville SH3

SH1 - between Taihape and Waiouru

Marlborough-Tasman

SH6 - Murchison

SH6 - between Nelson and Blenheim

SH63 - St Arnaud

Napier

SH5 - Te Pohue (North of Napier)

Northland

SH1 - Kawakawa (South of Paihia/Bay of Islands)

SH1 - Whangarei

Otago

SH6 - Queenstown

Waikato

SH1 - Taupiri (North of Hamilton)

SH1 - Karapiro (South of Cambridge)

Wellington

SH2 - Rimutaka Hill between Wellington and Featherston

SH1 - Kapiti Coast