Ngaruawahia section opening celebrations (PDF, 144KB)
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
- reduced fuel costs
- reducing traffic congestion within smaller communities like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Cambridge
- increasing the highway's capacity and passing opportunities.
The Ngaruawahia section will:
- Connect the Huntly section of the Expressway (due to be completed in 2019) to the completed Te Rapa section.
- Until the Huntly section is completed, part of the existing SH1B (Gordonton Road) will be upgraded to connect the existing SH1 with the Ngaruawahia section of the Waikato Expressway.
- When complete the Ngaruawahia section, including the upgraded section of SH1B (Gordonton Road), will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety within Taupiri and Ngaruawahia by significantly reducing through traffic.
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 median, with local roads and interchanges generally serviced by bridges and underpasses.
For a more detailed map showing the designated route click through one of the individual map boxes on the image below: