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Temporary warning signs in New Zealand

Here are all the temporary warning signs you are likely to see on New Zealand’s roads. They are primarily deep orange and/or white with black writing. Remember to check out our other sign guides starting here.

New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Wet_Tar.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Grader.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-1.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Weed_Sprayer.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Skid_Testing.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Road_Marking.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Mower.svg New_Zealand_TW-1B2.2.svg New_Zealand_TW-1B2.1.svg New_Zealand_TW-1B.1.2.svg New_Zealand_TW-1B.1.1.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Surveying.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Shoulder_Closed.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_On_Side_Road.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Bridge_Repair.svg Road workers will be present performing maintenance or other services, as indicated
120px-New_Zealand_TW-1.1_(4_km).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-1.1_(3_km).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-1.1_(2_km).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-1.1_(1_km).svg These distance signs are often added underneath roadworks signs to indicate how far the roadworks extend. They might not be completely continuous
New_Zealand_TW-1B3(80).svg New_Zealand_TW-1B3(70).svg New_Zealand_TW-1B3(60).svg New_Zealand_TW-1B3(50).svg New_Zealand_TW-1B3(40).svg New_Zealand_TW-1B3(30).svg New_Zealand_TW-1B3(20).svg New_Zealand_TW-1B3(10).svg Advance warning of a temporary speed limit ahead
New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Tree_Felling.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Linemen.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Traffic_Survey.svg New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Film_Crew.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Blasting.svg General warning signs showing that tradesmen, maintenance workers or other people may be on the road or close to the side of the road
New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Washout.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Flooding.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_New_Road_Layout.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_No_Road_Marking.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Signals_Changed.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Signals_Not_Working.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Fire.svg General warning signs showing a changed road condition, or other hazard that might not be marked
New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Runners_Ahead.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Runners.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Cyclists_Ahead.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Cycle_Race.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Walkers_Ahead.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Walkers.svg General warning signs for pedestrians or cyclists
New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Accident.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Emergency.svg General warning signs for accidents and emergencies
New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Funeral.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Logging_Trucks.svgNew_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_Trucks_Crossing.svg Slow traffic may be crossing or on your route
 120px-New_Zealand_TW-2.svg General warning sign
120px-New_Zealand_TW-3_(right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-3_(left).svg Rocks may fall or may have fallen from either the left or right, as indicated
120px-New_Zealand_TW-6.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-6.1.svg Livestock may be on the road
New_Zealand_Sign_Assembly_-_TW-4_with_TW-4.1.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-4.svg Notification of slippery conditions
120px-New_Zealand_TW-5.svg Loose road surface
120px-New_Zealand_TW-5.2.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-5.1.svg The road is being repaired or there is new seal on the road. There may be loose stones, or uneven surfaces
New_Zealand_TW-7_(right).svg New_Zealand_TW-7_(left).svg New_Zealand_TW-7.1_(right).svg New_Zealand_TW-7.1_(left).svg New_Zealand_TW-7.1.1_(right).svg New_Zealand_TW-7.1.1_(left).svgNew_Zealand_TW-11.svg New_Zealand_TW-10.svg New_Zealand_TW-9.svg New_Zealand_TW-8.1(R).svg New_Zealand_TW-8.1(L).svg New_Zealand_TW-8(R).svg New_Zealand_TW-8(L).svg New_Zealand_TW-7.2B(R).svg New_Zealand_TW-7.2B(L).svg Lane management signs indicating lane closures, altered lane flow or unusual merging
120px-New_Zealand_TW-7_(400_m).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-7_(300_m).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-7_(200_m).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-7_(100_m).svg Distance markings placed under another sign to show how far ahead it becomes effective
120px-New_Zealand_TW-13_(right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-13_(left).svg Lane narrows from left or right, as indicated
120px-New_Zealand_TW-12.svg Temporary exit
New_Zealand_TW-14.svg Temporary traffic lights ahead, e.g. for controlled roadworks site
120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(circle_symbol_-_turn_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(circle_symbol_-_turn_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(circle_symbol_-_straight_ahead_RH).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(circle_symbol_-_straight_ahead_LH).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-21_(circle_symbol).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(circle_symbol_-_veer_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(circle_symbol_-_veer_left).svg Detour ahead using circle indicator
120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(state_highway_shield_-_veer_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(state_highway_shield_-_veer_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(state_highway_shield_-_turn_right).svg120px-New_Zealand_TW-21_(state_highway_shield).svg 120px-New_Zealand_Temporary_Warning_-_State_Highway_Detour_Follow_State_Highway_Shield.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(state_highway_shield_-_turn_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(state_highway_shield_-_straight_ahead_RH).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(state_highway_shield_-_straight_ahead_LH).svg State highway detour
120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(square_symbol_-_veer_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(square_symbol_-_veer_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(square_symbol_-_turn_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(square_symbol_-_turn_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(square_symbol_-_straight_ahead_RH).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(square_symbol_-_straight_ahead_LH).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-21_(square_symbol).svg Detour ahead using square indicator
120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(diamond_symbol_-_veer_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(diamond_symbol_-_veer_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(diamond_symbol_-_turn_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(diamond_symbol_-_turn_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(diamond_symbol_-_straight_ahead_RH).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-22_(diamond_symbol_-_straight_ahead_LH).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-21_(diamond_symbol).svg Detour ahead using diamond indicator
New_Zealand_R3-5.3.svg New_Zealand_R3-5.2.svg New_Zealand_R3-5.1.svg Indicates if authorised vehicles, cycles or buses are not required to follow the signage. May be permanent
120px-New_Zealand_TW-36.svg Uneven road surface
New_Zealand_R7-1.svg A sign added to another sign to indicate it’s ahead. May be permanent
120px-New_Zealand_TW-35.svg Road diverges
120px-New_Zealand_TW-20.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-20.1.svg Indicates road or exit is closed
120px-New_Zealand_TW-19.svg Brakes may be wet, therefore dry them by applying your brakes
120px-New_Zealand_TW-23.svg120px-New_Zealand_TW-17.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-16.svg Indication you have reached the end of the roadworks or detour
120px-New_Zealand_TW-31.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-30.svg120px-New_Zealand_TW-33_(pedestrians_-_veer_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-33_(pedestrians_-_veer_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-33_(pedestrians_-_turn_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-33_(pedestrians_-_turn_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-33_(pedestrians_-_straight_ahead_RH).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-33_(pedestrians_-_straight_ahead_LH).svg Pedestrian directions around roadworks or a temporary obstruction, e.g. where a temporary footpath is located
120px-New_Zealand_TW-32_(cyclists_-_veer_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-32_(cyclists_-_veer_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-32_(cyclists_-_turn_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-32_(cyclists_-_turn_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-32_(cyclists_-_straight_ahead_RH).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-32_(cyclists_-_straight_ahead_LH).svg Directions for cyclists around roadworks or a temporary obstruction
120px-New_Zealand_TW-29_(right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-29_(left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-28_(200m_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-28_(200m_left).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-28_(100m_right).svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-28_(100m_left).svg Site access with directions and distances. Watch for vehicles slowing down or exiting the site
120px-New_Zealand_TW-27.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-26.svg Vehicle-mounted – indication of the purpose of the vehicle
120px-New_Zealand_TW-25.svg Vehicle-mounted instruction
120px-New_Zealand_TW-24.svg 120px-New_Zealand_TW-24.1.svg Road surface may have dirt which needs to be removed promptly from your vehicle
120px-New_Zealand_TW-34.svg Pass this vehicle or obstruction with care
120px-New_Zealand_Temporary_Warning_-_Miscellaneous_Warning_Triangle.svg Miscellaneous warning triangle, often carried by motorists for a general warning of a breakdown or accident until emergency services arrive
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Darren is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the NZ Motoring Writers' Guild

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