Project introduction

The Hamilton section commences at the Lake Road junction with the Ngāruawāhia section in the north. It then runs south, to the east of Hamilton, connecting to the existing Tamahere and Cambridge sections.

  • Estimated project cost

    $837 million
  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status


Project updates

Hamilton section project update - July 2022
Project updates, (PDF)
Cambridge Road on ramp opening soon
Media release,
SH1 Tamahere closures in May
Media release,
Upcoming Tamahere SH1 closures
Media release,

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The Waikato Expressway is the key strategic transport corridor for the Waikato region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. The expressway improves economic growth and productivity through more efficient movement of people and freight.


  • reducing travel times between Auckland and Tirau by 35 minutes

  • reducing significantly the number of fatal and serious injury crashes

  • reducing fuel costs

  • reducing traffic congestion within smaller communities like Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Cambridge

  • increasing the highway's capacity and passing opportunities.

Latest video

Hamilton section project update – July 2022

Hamilton section access and interchanges map