Holidaymakers returning home are being caught up in gridlock traffic.
A picture sent in from one Tauranga resident show traffic backed-up as far as the eye can see on both lanes of State Highway 2, between Tauranga and Katikati.
The resident says traffic has been at a crawling pace since they hit Waihi.
There are also reports of large traffic volumes at Te Maunga.
Motorists are being advised to be patient until the traffic clears.
How long this could take? That would be anyone's guess.