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Tauranga Eastern Link

Updated: 5 November 2014

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 - November 2013. Domain Road interchange - November 2013. The Bay of Plenty. Lower Kaituna Wildlife Management Reserve. The Papamoa Hills. The Kaituna River and northern oxbow.

November 2014 Project update

Read what’s been happening on the TEL in the latest project update (PDF, 599KB).


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 in 2011 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.