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Project introduction

We're making State Highway 2 (SH2) between Waihī to Ōmokoroa safer. This project is part of the Safe Network Programme.

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

    $101 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


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Making the road safer

State Highway 2 between Waihī to Ōmokoroa has been identified as one of the roads in the State Highway network which can be made safer. 

Between 2009 and 2018, 25 people have lost their lives and 66 have been seriously injured along this stretch of rural highway. Most of these accidents were caused by people running off the road and hitting trees, poles or deep ditches, head-on collisions and crashes at intersections.

What we are doing 

People will always make mistakes, but there are changes we can make to the road so simple mistakes don't cost lives.

To make this stretch of road safer we are:

  • widening the road
  • putting in a wide centreline to help separate oncoming traffic 
  • widening the road shoulders to give drivers more room
  • putting in roadside safety barriers where there are power poles, trees and deep ditches
  • making intersections safer.

These improvements will save lives and will raise the safety rating of the state highway. Some of these changes, like putting in a wide centreline, will also mean this road can be improved even more in the future – a median barrier could potentially be added, for example.


Around 40km of state highway, between Waihī to Ōmokoroa, is being made safer. We’ve split the project into 10 sections to help limit the number of roadworks that people encounter along the highway.

Each section will take between 12–18 months to complete. The project is expected to be finished in 2024. The 10 sections are:

  1. Heath Road to Trig Road
  2. Trig Road to Mathers Road
  3. Mathers Road to Athenree Gorge
  4. Athenree Road to Tanners Point Road
  5. Tanners Point Road to Kauri Point Road
  6. Kauri Point Road to Lindemann Road
  7. Wharawhara Road to Sharp Road
  8. Sharp Road to Sargent Drive
  9. Wainui South Road to Esdaile Road
  10. Esdaile Road to Omokoroa Road

View estimated construction timeframes [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Keeping you up to date

For more information about the SH2 Waihī to Ōmokoroa safety improvements phone 0800 080 297 or subscribe to our regular updates(external link)

For more information about the SH2 Waihī to Tauranga corridor, visit

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