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Auckland Transport

Auckland to Hamilton

Use this map to find rest stops and high-risk areas on your journey from Auckland to Hamilton.

Plan ahead to minimise the risk of fatigue. Find rest areas and high-risk areas below.

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Auckland to Hamilton fatigue stops schematic map

High-risk areas

Waikato Expressway exiting to State Highway 2 exit 477

Be cautious of queues turning off to Coromandel Exit 477.

High risk crash area - Waikato expressway exiting to state highway 2 exit 477


State Highway 1 speed limit 50km, on the stretch of road through the town.

High risk crash area - Rangiriri


State Highway 1 speed limit 50km, on the stretch of road through the town.

High risk crash area - Huntly

Taupiri roundabout

Reduce speed on roundabout.

High risk crash area - Taupiri roundabout

Areas of interest

  1. Waikato Coalfields Museum - 26 Harlock Place, Huntly.
  2. Cornerstone Alpaca Stud - 49 Peach Road, Gordonton.

Signs of driver fatigue

Fatigue can happen to drivers long before they fall asleep at the wheel. Fatigue is tiredness, weariness or exhaustion and it can affect driver’s reaction time and ability to focus on the road and traffic around them.

  • Reduced concentration.
  • Sore eyes.
  • Day dreaming.
  • Slow reactions.
  • Blurry vision.

Common effects of fatigue

  • Drifting off the road.
  • More frequent and unnecessary.
  • Changes in speed.
  • Not reacting in time to avoid a dangerous situation.

Tips to improve your alertness

  • Get plenty of sleep before a long journey.
  • Plan to drive during times of the day when you’re normally awake.
  • Snack light and stay hydrated.
  • Share the driving.

These are only short-term solutions. The best solution is finding somewhere to stop and sleep. Schedule a break at least once every hour, and whenever you begin to feel sleepy. Try to avoid napping in the driver’s seat, and try not to nap for longer than 40 minutes.

Drive safely to the speed limits

Remember to drive safely within speed limits and to the conditions. The faster you travel, the less time you have to respond to hazards – and if you crash the impact will be greater, resulting in more severe injuries.