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Transport accidents

State Highways 1 and 2, North Island Main Trunk, Old Hutt Road and local railway lines, at the Ngauranga Interchange, Wellington. Image credits: Phillip Capper (Wikicommons)

Wellington’s main transport corridors, both road and rail, are in a Y shape, with few links between the main arterial routes. Several of the roads in the region, particularly the Rimutaka Hill Road (State Highway 2), can be closed during storm events due to the associated high winds, rain or snow.

Effects of a transport accident

Accidents are usually responded to and dealt with by the emergency services. Some disruption to transport links may occur, particularly if an accident is on a main transport route.
However an accident involving a passenger service vehicle, such as a plane, train, bus or ferry or a freight vehicle carrying hazardous substances could have wider impact on the region, with a large number of people affected.

Historical accidents in the Wellington Region

The most well-known transport accident in the region was in April 1968 when the TEV Wahine foundered on Barrett’s Reef, with the total loss of 53 lives. 

Current road information 

Up-to-date information on State Highways is available from NZTA at the Transport For Wellington website, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook

Local road information may be available from

Current public transport information

For information on buses, trains and the Wellington Harbour ferry call Metlink 0800 801 700 or see the Metlink website 

For information on Cook Strait Ferries:

For information on flights, contact your airline or see the airport websites: