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Project introduction

When the Peka Peka to Ōtaki section of the Kāpiti Expressway is completed, the revocation process will remove the state highway status from the old SH1 route. It will then become a local road, with responsibility transferred from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to Kāpiti Coast District Council.

  • Project type

    Road management
  • Project status


Project updates

PP2Ō revocation engagement report
Public engagement, (PDF)
PP2Ō revocation engagement summary
Public engagement, (PDF)
PP2Ō revocation information boards
Project posters, (PDF)
PP2Ō State Highway 1 revocation overview map
Project maps, (PDF)

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When the Peka Peka to Ōtaki (PP2Ō) section of the Kāpiti Expressway is completed, the approximately 12km-long section of what is currently State Highway 1 (SH1) from Te Kowhai Road in Peka Peka to Taylors Road just north of Ōtaki will no longer be required to function as a state highway. It will become a local road, with responsibility transferred from Waka Kotahi to Kāpiti Coast District Council.

The process of removing the existing State Highway classification is known as 'revocation'.

Waka Kotahi and Kāpiti Coast District Council are working in partnership to plan, design and deliver a fit-for-purpose local road that improves the district’s resilience and enhances connectivity for all travel modes.

It is important that local communities are part of the revocation process, and the project team is committed to early and ongoing engagement throughout the duration of the project.


The following benefits are expected to result from proposed changes along the road corridor:

  • Positively contributing to and enhancing the Ōtaki and Te Horo business areas to suit the expected traffic volumes and movements
  • Continuing to operate as an emergency bypass route to the Kāpiti Expressway
  • Protect and enhance natural systems, local characters and amenity
  • Facilitating the movement of people to local communities from the East to West and enhancing connectivity for all transport modes through and across the district by:
    • Expanding walking and cycling connections and options
    • Improving connections to and from rail and bus facilities; and
    • Enhancing the safety for all users including intersection improvements and slower traffic speeds so that people using all modes and of all abilities can have improved access.

PP2Ō revocation area

Redesigning the old route

As we prepare to return the old state highway to local road status, we’ll be thinking about what features it will need to have. As we do that, we’ll be considering things such as landscaping, road layout, street furniture and the needs within commercial areas.

What we will be considering:

  • Road layouts to suit the traffic movements and lower traffic volumes
  • Pedestrian crossings and shared paths
  • Road markings to improve safety and understanding along the route
  • Lighting and signage along the route for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists
  • Feature landscaping, tree planting and street furniture

We’ll also be considering the look and feel of the commercial areas within and around Ōtaki and Te Horo.

Considering appropriate speed limits

State highways are designed to carry a large number of vehicles as quickly and efficiently as possible. Local roads have different considerations.

When we look at redesigning the old state highway corridor, we need to consider that it will be running through residential, commercial and recreational areas, and that the type of traffic using it will be different.