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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

The Environment Court has issued an interim decision on approving resource consent applications for RiverLink, delivering a high level of confidence in the project – which includes the SH2 Melling Transport Improvements.

Progress on RiverLink consents welcomed(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 Alliance moves to delivery

A Project Alliance Agreement for Te Ara Tupua Alliance was signed in July. The Alliance will deliver the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua on behalf of Waka Kotahi, and Tupua Horo Nuku Eastern Bays Shared Path on behalf of Hutt City Council.

Construction set to begin for two harbour-side walking and cycling paths

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 this 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

A traffic sign with a large road in the background. The sign has names and distances to the next towns.

Te Aranui a Te Rangihaeata Transmission Gully Motorway opens

Motorists have been impressed by the newly opened Transmission Gully Motorway, which took six years and more than 12 million work hours to build.

Transmission Gully opens(external link)

Major work underway

Map showing location of key projects in the Wellington region

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Wellington Northern Corridor

  • Ōtaki to north of Levin - chip sealing safety improvements have been completed at Kuku and marker posts and rumble strips installed. Work to install side barriers and improve access to driveways will get underway later this year. Meanwhile, construction continues on SH57 at Queen Street East on a new roundabout.
  • Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway Asphalt laying is underway in the northern area and expected to be completed in August. Wire rope barriers are currently being installed in the southern area.

Wellington Northern Corridor

SH2 Remutaka Hill Road night closures

Regular overnight shutdowns on SH2 Remutaka Hill Road until the end of June enabled annual maintenance and slip prevention work to be completed.

SH2 Remutaka Hill road night closures

Te Ara Tupua

Construction is progressing well on the Pito-One (Petone) to Melling section of the Te Ara Tupua path, linking Wellington with Lower Hutt, while the Alliance construction contract was signed for the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One (Ngauranga to Petone) section.

Te Ara Tupua

SH58 safety improvements

Work is largely complete on the project stages from SH2 to Harris Road, while design work has been underway for Harris Road to SH1 Transmission Gully. The next stage of construction, from Harris Road to Moonshine Road is expected to begin later this year.

SH58 safety improvements

SH2 Ngāūranga to Featherston

Public feedback on safety and speed limits on SH2 has been received. Designs are being developed for safety improvements projects at intersections in the Hutt Valley, and for the road over the Remutaka Hill. Changes are expected to be rolled out progressively in the coming years.

SH2 Ngāūranga to Featherston

Let’s Get Wellington Moving – Cobham Drive crossing underway

Safer journeys are on the horizon with construction of a new traffic light-controlled walking and cycling crossing on Cobham Drive.

Cobham Drive crossing underway(external link)

Maintenance update

Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 7.1 lane kms
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 23.8 lane kms
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 32.8 lane kms
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 3.3 lane kms
  • Network renewed – 8.2%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $66,633,902

* Figures exclude SH1 Transmission Gully, maintained via PPP.

Maintenance infographic for 2021/22 [JPG, 1.3 MB]

Planned maintenance for 2022/23:

  • Rehabilitations – 9.1km
  • Resurfacing – 41.8km
  • Resealing – 38km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed – 10.8%
  • Total state highway spend – $47.7m

Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 158 KB]


Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2022.

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan consultation