Firstly, make sure you don't have to go anywhere near the Village or god forbid, anywhere north.. I made an attempt on Saturday to get to Matakana Markets and was stuck fast in the Dome Valley for 1/2 an hour and travelled about 3km, I found a driveway to do a U turn and headed home. The queue of traffic was a nightmare, why do people do it? It can't be a new experience, and yet people still do it.
What is it they say about insanity; "Its doing the same thing every time and expecting a different result"