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Tauranga Eastern Link

Updated: 24 March 2015

A highway recognised by the government as a road of national significance, the Tauranga Eastern Link is the Bay of Plenty’s largest roading project and a key strategic transport corridor for the region.

Paengaroa roundabout - 2014. Domain Road interchange - 2014. The Bay of Plenty. Lower Kaituna Wildlife Management Reserve. The Papamoa Hills. Kaituna River bridge - December 2014.

TEL March 2015 project update

Take a look at the latest TEL project update here (PDF, 293 KB). Read about the SH2 / Domain Road interchange large-scale artworks and some frequently asked questions on the project construction and tolling.


The project will deliver many benefits, including:

  • safer and easier travel
  • reduced travel times between Tauranga and Paengaroa
  • more efficient connections for business, industry and tourism
  • support regional growth
  • generate jobs and a flow-on effect into the local economy in the form of wages and salaries.


The objectives of the Tauranga Eastern Link project are to:

  • support the managed growth for the area
  • improve efficiency and contribute to economic development through improved travel time
  • provide a more direct route to the Port of Tauranga
  • provide a safer route between Tauranga and Paengaroa.

Expected completion

Construction of the Tauranga Eastern Link started late 2010 and it is expected to take five to six years, depending on soil and weather conditions. The project is six months ahead of schedule and is on track to be completed by late 2015. .