Holiday congestion that gridlocked roads and caused hour-long delays near Auckland, has finally eased.
Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, holidaymakers travelling north from Auckland on State Highway 1 were facing delays of up to an hour, Waka Kotahi said.
By 6pm the traffic had eased, with about 10-minute delays expected.
Although December 27 is a public holiday for Christmas this year, it was not expected to be a heavy travel day.
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Google traffic maps had earlier showed significant congestion around Warkworth and Wellsford, and at the Johnstones Hill Tunnels near Puhoi.