A dozen things to do at the M2PP Expressway Open Day this Sunday


Keen for a family outing this Sunday? Come along to the Kāpiti Coast for a rare ‘behind the scenes’ look at the M2PP Expressway, one of the largest roading projects the Wellington region has ever seen.

The NZ Transport Agency and the M2PP Alliance are inviting the public to come along to what promises to be a fun and fascinating Open Day as the project approaches its two year anniversary of construction.  And it’ll be more than just a mosey around a construction site – there’s at least a dozen fun and fascinating things to do.

The public are encouraged to bring their families – the event will be kid-friendly, with plenty to do. Food and drinks will be available to purchase onsite. Entry is by a gold coin donation for charity. 

Twelve things to do at the Open Day this Sunday: 

  1. Play on a bouncy castle
  2. Talk to a digger driver
  3. Climb in a digger
  4. Be one of the first people to walk over the Kapiti Road bridge
  5. Climb through a crane
  6. Get interactive with our hands-on displays
  7. Get your face painted
  8. Show your artistic side at the colouring table
  9. Enjoy a Mr Whippy or a range of other snacks and refreshments available to purchase
  10. Talk to an archaeologist about the amazing history of the area and what we’ve found in the ground
  11. Check out how we catch fish and move them to a safe new home
  12. Sit in the cab of a dump truck  

Plus one for good luck - we’ll also have our 2016 recipe calendar on sale which all proceeds go to Wellington Free Ambulance rebuild of Kapiti Ambulance Station. 

“This is one of the biggest roading projects Wellington has ever seen, and when it’s our new main route north of Wellington, it will be great to look back and remember being there while it was built,” says Transport Agency highways manager Neil Walker. 

Project manager Alan Orange says, “Hundreds of very talented and hardworking locals have worked on this project, and it’s an exciting chance to get a close look at the incredible work that we’ve achieved together. 

“To appreciate the sheer scale of what has been done, you really need to be there – and this is your chance.” 

The Open Day will run from 10am to 3pm, with access off Te Roto Drive, which is off Kapiti Rd. Parking is available. 

People can also learn more about the Peka Peka to Otaki section of the Kapiti Expressway, which is due to kick off next year, and Transmission Gully, which is now under construction just down the road.