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Hamilton section

Updated: 14 May 2015

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, completed in late 2013, to the Cambridge section, due for completion in late 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.

Designation mapping

The graphics here illustrate the designation associated with the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway as at 1 July 2014.  The designation is still subject to final confirmation.

Please note that documents associated with securing the necessary designation to accommodate an interchange at Ruakura has been lodged and is currently on hold,  dependent on the outcome of the Board of Inquiry into  Tainui Group Holding’s proposed development plans in the Ruakura area.  It is expected that this process will be taken off hold and the process resumed once the draft decision is released, expected in early August.  If the interchange does goes ahead, it is anticipated that some change will be required in that area. 

Quick facts

Current stage of work: Preliminary design

Project Manager: Jo Wilton

Estimated value: $972.94 million

Length of section: 21.8km

Target completion date: 2019

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