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June 2021 update

The Government has made decisions on the New Zealand Upgrade Programme that confirm full delivery of SH1/29 and Takitimu North Link stage one. Takitimu North Link stage two will change.

Updates to the Takitimu North Link [PDF, 692 KB]

The $991 million NZ Upgrade Programme for Waikato and Bay of Plenty will deliver improved safety and support continued growth of the area.

Significant growth during the last decade has already been supported through a $2.1 billion investment in the Waikato Expressway.

This new package continues to build on investment in transport connections where growth is expected to continue for several more decades, placing even greater pressure on the existing transport system.

Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty are part of the Upper North Island’s Golden Triangle, home to more than half of New Zealand’s population. The transport corridors in these regions are critical to support the safe travel of a growing number of visitors and residents, and to get goods to market.

The Takitimu North Link project is a new 14km four-lane expressway connecting Tauranga and Ōmokoroa, with provision for public transport, and a shared path for walking and cycling. It will be constructed in two stages.

SH2 is a busy highway with a poor safety record. Once complete, the Takitimu North Link will significantly improve safety and accessibility, build resilience, support growth and provide more transport choice for communities. The project is a key part of the region’s SmartGrowth strategy.

At the SH1/SH29 intersection in Piarere, a new roundabout will improve safety for those travelling between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga and be future proofed for the extension of the expressway.

Waikato and Bay of Plenty package projects