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Ngaruawahia section

Updated: 18 July 2014

The 12.3km Ngaruawahia section of the Waikato Expressway opened in December 2013.  The four-lane road runs from Taupiri in the north, crossing flat farmland and the Waikato River before connecting with the completed Te Rapa section.

The Ngaruawahia section includes the newest crossing of the Waikato River. The Ngaruawahia section includes the newest crossing of the Waikato River. Pou whenua stand at the bridge approaches.

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Ngaruawahia Info Sheet January 2014 (PDF, 3.5MB)


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:

  • Connects 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 SH1B (Gordonton Road) has been ¬†upgraded to connect the existing SH1 with the Ngaruawahia section.

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 median, with local roads and interchanges generally serviced by bridges and underpasses.

Waikato River bridge construction camera.

Quick facts

Current stage of work: Completed, opened to traffic December 2013

Estimated value: $190 million

Length of section: 12.3km

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