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Hamilton section

Updated: 27 March 2014

The Hamilton section commences at the Lake Road junction with the Ngaruawahia section in the north. It then runs south, to the east of Hamilton, connecting to the existing Tamahere interchange deviation just south of Hillcrest.

Waikato Expressway Waikato Expressway Looking towards Gordonton Road. Hamilton section open day.


When complete the Waikato Expressway will be the key strategic transport corridor for the Waikato region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. The Expressway will improve economic growth and productivity through more efficient movement of people and freight.

Other benefits include:

  • reducing travel times between Auckland and Tirau by 35 minutes
  • reducing significantly the number of fatal and serious injury crashes
  • reducing fuel costs
  • reducing traffic congestion within smaller communities like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Cambridge
  • increasing the highway's capacity and passing opportunities.

The Hamilton section will:

  • Connect the Ngaruawahia section of the Expressway, due for completion in 2014, to the Tamahere section, due for completion in 2016.
  • Reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on Hamilton’s local road network by significantly reducing through traffic.

Key features

The Waikato Expressway will be 102km in length running from the Bombay Hills to South of Cambridge.  It will provide for two lanes of traffic in each direction divided by a central barrier with local roads and interchanges generally serviced by bridges and underpasses.


View the map below which shows the currently designated route, along with alterations to the designation which have been lodged with councils.

A more detailed map which breaks the route into sections is currently being prepared and will be displayed once complete.

Map of Hamilton

Quick facts

Current stage of work: Investigation and Design

Project Manager: Peter Simcock

Estimated value: Between $600 and $700 million, depending on final design

Length of section: 21.8km

Target completion date: 2019