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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 held a joint community information session with Western Bay of Plenty District Council at Katikati on Monday 5 July 2021.

About 130 people attended to get an update on the safety improvements between Waihī and Ōmokoroa and be updated on the Takitimu North Link. There was detailed information on a proposed median barrier for a 14km section of State Highway 2 between Tetley Road and Esdaile Road, which includes five to six turnaround areas.

We had some great questions, and it was an important opportunity for us to hear directly from the community, and for the community to hear directly from us.


  • 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.

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)