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Connecting Peka Peka

On Thursday 24 January 2019, the NZ Transport Agency announced our decision not to proceed with the construction of the Peka Peka Interchange.

This decision was informed by the outcome of the Peka Peka Interchange Business Case.

As with all business cases, the Transport Agency has spent considerable time investigating the opportunities and challenges of constructing the Peka Peka Interchange. Through this work we have identified that it does not align strongly with the priorities in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS).

The priorities of the GPS are:

  • Safety – a safe system, free of death and serious injury.
  • Access – a system that provides increased access to economic and social opportunities, enables transport choice and access, and is resilient.
  • Environment – a system that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, as well as adverse effects on the local environment and public health.
  • Value for money – a system that delivers the right infrastructure and services to the right level at the best cost.

Further information is available on the Connecting Peka Peka webpage.

Media release: Peka Peka interchange not proceeding – 24 January 2019
Peka Peka Connectivity Single Stage Business Case
Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS)(external link)

Please note: The graphics on this page show how the finally finished interchange works.

How to use the Peka Peka Interchange

The northern end the Expressway connects with the existing state highway.

This is a partial interchange, where you can head north from the existing state highway and local roads onto the last part of the Expressway towards Ōtaki, or you can get off using a southbound off-ramp that connects with the local road towards Waikanae. You can also use this off-ramp to drive over the Expressway to get to Peka Peka Beach.

Travelling between Waikanae and Ōtaki

People who travel between Waikanae and Ōtaki, and don’t need to access Peka Peka will have two options at this interchange for heading north and south. You can use the Expressway or the original state highway (connecting to the new link roads through Peka Peka).

Going south

There’s no direct connection from Peka Peka onto the Expressway to go south at this interchange, so if you want to head south on the Expressway from the Peka Peka area, you can use the Te Moana Road Interchange at Waikanae. The original State Highway 1 route is your other option for driving south - from Peka Peka Road you can turn right at the link road intersection to drive south over the bridge towards Waikanae. You can also get to and from Te Kowhai Road at this intersection. (Now the Expressway is open there’ll be some more work done to make the Peka Peka Road intersection a roundabout. Take a look at our graphic with roundabout [JPG, 953 KB].

Going north

If you joined the Expressway to the south of Peka Peka and want to finish your journey at Peka Peka, you’ll need to use the off-ramp at Te Moana Road Interchange and then travel to Peka Peka on local roads.

Using the on-ramp heading north to Ōtaki

If you’re travelling along the existing state highway heading north from Waikanae or from Peka Peka Road, Te Kowhai Road or Hadfield and Octavius Roads, you can use the Expressway on-ramp to go north towards Ōtaki.

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Using the off-ramp heading south from Ōtaki

If you’re travelling from Ōtaki heading south you can turn off at Peka Peka using the Expressway off-ramp to get onto the local road to continue south (that’s the original state highway). You can also use the southern off-ramp to connect to the new local link road and drive across to Peka Peka Road, over the Expressway, towards the beach or, you can travel through to Te Kowhai Road. You can also use this southbound off-ramp to get to Hadfield or Octavius Roads.