Drivers uged to take care

After a quiet night at Tongariro Police are urging motorists to take extra care if they travel to the area today to view the volcanic activity.

Area Commander Inspector Steve Bullock said police were expecting an influx of interested people taking advantage of a beautiful sunny day and clear conditions.

''That is completely understandable and whilst we don't discourage people from now travelling to the area we are asking them to put road safety and their own safety before sight-seeing," he said.

The main message for motoristes was not to try and view the activity while driving.

''Pull off the road and make use where possible of official car parks or areas well off the road to keep the roads clear from congestion and hazards.''

Traffic flow is not normally light in the area but Mr Bullock warned that it was fast-moving and said drivers  should be mindful that more traffic was expected in the coming days.

He said while the Alpine crossing remained closed other walking tracks were open.

''Travellers to the area can get more information about what is accessible via the Ruapehu Area Department of Conservation Office''.

Information and updates will also be posted on the Department of Conservation website -