Project introduction

A programme of works to improve safety and resilience of the Ōtaki to north of Levin transport corridor as well as planning to increase transport choice for the area’s growing population.

Help make work on the Ōtaki to North of Levin highway accessible to local businesses

If you’re a local business owner with an interest in working on the Ōtaki to North of Levin highway, we want to hear from you.

We’re running a short survey to better understand the local market so we can make sure there are suitable opportunities for local businesses on the project in the future. We also want to identify where we might be able to support businesses to receive assistance in areas they wish to develop.

Complete the survey(external link)

We expect the project to start seeking sub-contractors, sub-consultants and service providers by early 2025.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email

Current and recent focus areas

While next steps are underway in the long-term planning for a new highway and walking and cycling path between Ōtaki and north of Levin, safety improvements on the existing highway are also progressing.

Building a safer, more reliable State Highway 1 from Ōtaki to north of Levin

Waka Kotahi, Muaūpoko Tribal Authority and local hapū of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga are working together to create a positive legacy for the region while we build a new, safer and more reliable State Highway 1 from Ōtaki to north of Levin.

The new four-lane 24km highway will dramatically improve safety, improve resilience and provide better access to walking and cycling facilities for those moving around or through the Horowhenua District and lower North Island.

During the last five years, 72 people have died or been seriously injured along the route, making it one of the country’s most dangerous sections of road to drive.

Construction is expected to begin in 2025 and be completed in 2029.

Previous work in the Ōtaki to north of Levin corridor

Following earlier investigations and community consultation, road safety improvements completed in the Manakau and Ohau townships included speed limit reductions, threshold treatments, landscaping, street lighting and road markings to provide safer cycleways/pull-off areas.

In late 2018 and early 2019 safety initiatives installed from Ōtaki to north of Levin included flexible posts on flush medians, static signs and high-risk signage.

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Project Contacts

Ōtaki to north of Levin project team –
More contact info
  • Phone: 0508 625 4636
  • Alternatively you can write to us:
    Ōtaki to north of Levin Project Team
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Level 5)
    Private Bag 6995
    Wellington 6141