Project introduction

We want everyone who uses our roads in Northland and Auckland to get where they’re going safely. To save lives and prevent serious injuries, we have reviewed speed limits in the region.

  • Project type

    Speed review

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Project background

As a road controlling authority, we have a responsibility to set safe and appropriate speed limits to maintain the state highway network. We’ve reviewed speed limits on state highways in Northland and north Auckland as part of our national speed management programme and plan to implement changes to short sections of the following state highways:

  • SH1 Pukenui to Kaitaia
  • SH15 Kaikohe to Otaika
  • SH14 Dargaville to Whangārei
  • SH1 Kawakawa to Whangārei
  • SH11 Kawakawa to Paihia
  • SH1 Whangārei to Te Hana
  • SH12 Ōmāpere to Kaikohe
  • SH12 Brynderwyn to Ōmāpere
  • SH16 Wellsford to Waimauku
  • SH1 Te Hana to Warkworth
  • SH10 Pakaraka to Taipa.

Speed limit changes are targeted to short sections through townships and close to schools and marae, rather than the entire stretch of state highway. 

Approved sections of state highway include 54 new permanent speed limit changes and new electronic (variable speed limit) signs across 34 schools. Changes also affect speed limits alongside 7 marae.

We are using a phased approach to implement approved speed limit changes, which started in March with short sections of SH1 between Pukenui and Kaitaia. The next changes are some additional short sections along SH15 between Kaikohe and Otaika, effective from 13 May 2024. We expect to deliver the remaining speed limit changes by early to mid-2025 and will provide further updates on timing as we confirm our implementation timeframes.  

Construction activity includes work to install poles, signage and technology (for electronic variable speed limit signs) so new speed limits are clearly displayed to road users.

  • Speed review consultation results

    All decisions have been informed by detailed technical assessments to check the road environment, layout and use, and by extensive consultation with the community, iwi / hapu partners, and stakeholders to provide valuable information about how communities use our roads.

    We would like to thank everyone who took the time to input into our speed review process. We received 653 submissions during consultation on proposed speed limit changes from 17 May to 14 June 2022, with feedback outlined in our consultation summary.

    Northland and north Auckland speed reviews consultation summary 2023 [PDF, 2.4 MB]