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Project introduction

Waka Kotahi has several projects underway on State Highway 2 between Waihi and Tauranga to make this corridor safer and more efficient. Here you’ll find information about the various projects and other relevant topics.

Community information session on safety improvements project

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is holding a joint community information session with Western Bay of Plenty District Council at The Centre – Pātuki Manawa in Katikati on Monday 5 July between 1pm and 6.30pm.

As well as getting an update on the safety improvements between Waihī and Ōmokoroa, this is an opportunity to share your views and ask questions on proposed road safety improvements in the area. 

There will be information on the proposed median barrier for a 14km section of State Highway 2 between Tetley Road and Esdaile Road, which includes five to six turnaround areas.

Come along to find out what we are doing to make our roads safer.


  • Estimated project cost

    $1 billion
  • Project type

    Road improvements, Safety improvements

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Related projects and topics

Katikati bypass

A Katikati bypass is not considered an investment priority for the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme. Construction of a bypass, if required, will be after 2028. We will continue to hold the land designation which protects the route of the bypass for future use.

We are also wanting to investigate improvements within the township to address peak congestion issues and provide a better urban environment. However, for the reasons mentioned above, there is currently no funding to progress this work.

Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycleway

Waka Kotahi is working with Western Bay of Plenty District Council on the Omokoroa to Tauranga cycleway. The cycleway is open for use between Omokoroa and the SH2 Wairoa River Bridge.

The final section, from the Wairoa Bridge to Tauranga, is under investigation. We are working with Council and project partners/stakeholders on possible designs for this section.

For more information on the cycleway visit the Western Bay of Plenty District Council website(external link)