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Project introduction

The Transport Agency has identified a preferred option for a new State Highway 3 route to connect the Manawatū, Tararua District, Hawke’s Bay and northern Wairarapa, to replace the closed SH3 Manawatū Gorge route.

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Replacement route

Map showing the preferred replacement route. For more information, contact the project team on

Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway map

Road features

Length: 11.5km
Gradient: Max. gradient 10% (western slope) and 8.5% (eastern slope)
Travel time:
13 mins (general), 18 mins (freight)
from Woodville to Stoney Creek Road
Completion: 2024
Safety: 4-Star **** KiwiRAP


  • Long description of the indicative timeline

    April 2018 - Detailed business case

    2018/2019 - Regulatory consents

    2019 - Detailed design

    2019/2020 - Construction period

    2024 - Completion of the project

    We will continue to engage and consult with the public throughout the project.


Key milestones

Milestone Date Action
Public information sessions (project update and latest design features) Early 2020 Pending
Public information sessions (project update and meet alliance team) August 2019 Completed
Announcement of preferred alliance July 2019 Completed
Notice of requirement hearings March 2019 Completed
Lodgement of notice of requirement for road corridor November 2018 Completed
Public information sessions (project update, including road corridor issues and mitigation) November 2018 Completed
Detailed business case Mid 2018 Completed
Public information sessions (preferred option presented)

July 2018

Preferred option announced Early 2018 Completed
Public information sessions (short list options presented) October 2017 Completed
Public information sessions (long list options presented) September 2017 Completed