Lonely Planet Writer

Blenheim is New Zealand’s biggest city without traffic lights

Recently named the sunniest place in New Zealand in 2015, Blenheim is claiming another title this week: the largest capital in New Zealand without traffic lights.

New Zealand's sunniest place remains traffic light free.
New Zealand’s sunniest place remains traffic light free. Image by Horia Varlan / CC BY 2.0

The city of Pukekohe, south of Auckland, is about to have its first set of traffic lights after transport officials concluded that there is no other way to get buses and commuter traffic safely in and out of Pukekohe’s soon-to-be upgraded train station without them. Blenheim residents know how to use roundabouts effectively, which means traffic lights are unnecessary. Plus, roundabouts keep traffic flowing, reducing congestion. Read more: stuff.co.nz