Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui – Greater Wellington


Our $3 billion investment in Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui – Greater Wellington during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period is focused on getting more people using sustainable travel options to move around the region and improving the safety, reliability and resilience of the transport network.

Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui – Greater Wellington NLTP 2022 update

Graphic showing 3 billion forecast investment

Latest news

Artists impression of the Riverlink project, showing a large bridge with traffic over the river and buildings and roads along the sides of the river

RiverLink programme and Melling Interchange progressing

In April 2023, the RiverLink partners selected a team made up of AECOM and Fletcher Construction to form the delivery alliance for the programme, and signed an Interim Project Alliance Agreement. This followed completion of the consenting process in November 2022.

RiverLink signing marks formation of alliance(external link)

Artists impression of Te Ara Tupua, showing people walking, cycling and on scooters along a pathway that juts out over the water

Te Ara Tupua projects in construction

The Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua is now under construction. This project provides greater resilience to key coastal infrastructure including road and rail, as well as new walking and cycling choices for the community. It is being delivered by Te Ara Tupua Alliance, on behalf of Waka Kotahi and our partners.

Construction underway on major new Wellington infrastructure project

A sod turning event - one person is giving a speech and three people are standing with spades, ready to turn the sod

A safer SH2 for Wairarapa

Major safety upgrades for SH2 got underway last year as part of our Road to Zero plan, to reduce the risk of serious crashes for everyone who uses the road.

Coming soon – a safer SH2 for Wairarapa

Vehicles travelling along a highway

Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway opens

The next stage in the Wellington Northern Corridor, the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway was opened in time for Christmas 2022. The 13km-long expressway bypasses the town of Ōtaki and includes a 10km-long shared walking and cycling path.

Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway ready to roll(external link)

A road leading with a large roundabout and road signage

One year of Te Aranui o te Rangihaeata Transmission Gully

March 2023 marked one year since the opening of Transmission Gully Motorway. In the first 12 months over 8.4 million journeys were made on the new route. The project team put together some stats for the first anniversary.

Celebrating one year

Major work underway

Map showing location of key projects in the Wellington region

View larger map [PDF, 617 KB]

Wellington Northern Corridor

  • Ōtaki to north of Levin – consent applications for the Ō2NL new highway and walking and cycling path were lodged in late 2022. Construction is expected to start in 2025. Safety improvements are being delivered on the existing SH1, following improvements completed on SH57.
    Ōtaki to north of Levin
  • Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway – the new expressway opened ahead of the Christmas holiday period at the end of 2022.
    Peka Peka to Ōtaki

SH2 Remutaka Hill Road night closures

Overnight shutdowns on SH2 Remutaka Hill Road are now a regular fixture. These enable maintenance works and ongoing improvements to be carried out safely on this crucial road linking the Hutt Valley with Wairarapa. 

SH2 Remutaka Hill road night closures

Te Ara Tupua

Construction is underway on the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua, which will provide resilience to SH2 and the rail line between Wellington and Lower Hutt, as well as new walking and cycling path. The cycleway section from Pito-One to Melling is expected to open in mid-2023.

Te Ara Tupua

SH58 safety improvements

Work is complete on the project stages from SH2 to Harris Road, and a section from Harris Road to east of Moonshine Road has been brought forward. Consent applications have been lodged for the final section from Moonshine Road to SH1 Transmission Gully, which includes the project’s two new roundabouts.

SH58 safety improvements

SH2 Ngāūranga to Featherston

Installation of new median barriers on SH2 in Upper Hutt from Whakatiki St to Fergusson Drive began in May 2023. This project includes four kilometres of new median barrier, areas of shoulder widening and some side barriers at the Totara Park Road Intersection.

Changes to improve safety at intersections along SH2, and safety improvements over the Remutaka Hill are being rolled out in stages. The first stage of changes are expected to be constructed from late 2023. 

SH2 Ngāūranga to Featherston

Let’s Get Wellington Moving – Aotea Quay roundabout underway

As a first step towards improving Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road, construction has begun on a roundabout on Aotea Quay. This will make it possible for traffic to the Interislander Ferry terminal to use State Highway 1 instead of Hutt Road.

Aotea Quay(external link)

Maintenance update

Maintenance activity undertaken during 2022/23

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 0.7 lane km
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 19.0 lane km
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 17.8 lane km
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 4.4 lane km
  • Total state highway network renewed – 5.1%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $47.7m

Maintenance summary infographic for Greater Wellington 2022/23 [PDF, 808 KB]

Planned maintenance for 2023/24

  • Rehabilitations – 7.9 lane km
  • Resurfacing – 54.0 lane km
  • Resealing – 42.0 lane km
  • SCRIM – 0.4 lane km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed – 12.8%
  • Total state highway spend – $80.6m

Planned maintenance infographic for Greater Wellington 2023/24 [PDF, 1.2 MB]


Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency sought feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions closed on 12 December 2022. A decision report will be available mid-2023.

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan consultation