Project introduction

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

  • Estimated project cost

    $1 billion
  • Project type

    Road improvements, Safety improvements

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Related projects and topics

Katikati bypass

When considered against national priorities and considering the forecast impact of the Waikato Expressway on movements between Auckland and Tauranga, the bypass does not meet the threshold for funding in the Waka Kotahi 10-year plan.

When the Waikato Expressway is completed, Waka Kotahi expects this to be used as the preferred route when travelling between Auckland and Tauranga. While there will be peak travel during holiday periods experienced in Katikati, the day to day traffic for inter-regional journeys is expected to lessen.  

Waka Kotahi will retain the existing designation to futureproof the Western Bay of Plenty transport network and continue to work with Western Bay of Plenty District Council, the Katikati Community Board and stakeholders to help build a vision for the future of the Katikati township and build the town centre plans.