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Tauranga Eastern Link

Updated: 28 August 2014

A highway recognised by the government as a road of national significance, the Tauranga Eastern Link will be 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.

What should the name of the toll road be?

On opening, a section of the new highway will be tolled; between the Domain Road interchange and the Paengaroa roundabout.

The Transport Agency would like your thoughts on what the official name for the toll road should be. Complete the survey here (external link). 

The process got underway with key stakeholders submitting their name suggestions. The top five options have been selected for you to choose from.  The two options that have the most public votes will be presented to the Transport Agency Board for the final decision which will be made in late September.

Choose from:

  • OPTION 1: Eastern Link Toll Road
  • OPTION 2: Eastern Gateway Toll Road
  • OPTION 3: Eastern Connection Toll Road
  • OPTION 4: Kūkūwai Highway Toll Road (mean wetland, marshland or swampy ground)
  • OPTION 5: Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road

To have your say complete the survey here (external link) or email us at or post your preference to NZ Transport Agency, PO Box 13-055, Tauranga 3141.
Voting closes 18 September 2014.

August 2014 Project update

Read what’s been happening on the TEL in the latest project update (PDF, 719KB).


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 starts 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.