Kiwi automobile commuters, we want to reduce your time stuck in traffic. Today we have expanded our live traffic coverage in Google Maps to cities in New Zealand.

To look at the current traffic conditions for an area, simply go to and click on the traffic layer located in the widget on the upper right hand side of the screen. The desktop maps are great for scanning the roads before you get in the car. But if you want to check out the latest road info on the go, the traffic layer is also available on your mobile device through Google Maps for Mobile and Google Maps Navigation.

Also note that if the roads you are travelling on do not yet show traffic information, don’t despair. You can help your fellow drivers and improve traffic data by using Google Maps Navigation or Google Maps for Mobile while traveling.

Posted by Andrew Foster, Product Manager, Google Maps