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Project introduction

The Takitimu North Link project will connect Tauranga and Ōmokoroa with a new 14 kilometre four-lane corridor between State Highway 29 Takitimu Drive Toll Road and State Highway 2 Ōmokoroa intersection. It will significantly improve safety and ease congestion and will be constructed in two phases.

  • Estimated project cost

    $655 million (Stage One)
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status

    Construction, Design, Investigation

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Project overview

Improving safety is at the heart of the Takitimu North Link project, which is a key strategic transport corridor for the region, providing greater travel choice with managed lanes, and a shared path for walking and cycling.

The existing State Highway 2 Waihī to Tauranga is a busy highway with a poor safety record and the pressures of this have been felt for some time. From what was once a rural road passing through a few country settlements this section of state highway has developed into a busy commuter and freight route as well as an important tourist link for the northern Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula.

Western Bay of Plenty communities are projected to grow by 16,000 people in the next 20 years, and traffic crossing the Wairoa Bridge increasing from 20,000 to more than 30,000 daily by 2031.

The rate of growth combined with existing safety, access and congestion issues means Takitimu North Link is a huge investment in the region’s growth.

The Takitimu North Link project is part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme, which is a $8.7 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas.

New Zealand Upgrade Programme(external link)

View the concept design [PDF, 1.2 MB]


Project objectives

The key overarching objectives of this project are:

  • improve safety to reduce deaths and serious injuries
  • improve access with more reliable travel times for local people, and regional freight to the Port of Tauranga from Western Bay of Plenty and Coromandel
  • support greater travel choice through public transport prioritisation and shared path which will improve mode shift options
  • support economic development and population growth in the Western Bay of Plenty in line with the Urban Form and Transport Initiative(external link)
  • improve resilience to the road network
  • protect the route for Stage Two of the project.

Takitimu North Link Stage One: Tauranga to Te Puna

The New Zealand Upgrade Programme has provided funding to build Stage One, the new 6.8km four-lane road connecting SH29 Takitimu Drive through to SH2 west of Te Puna.

The Western Bay of Plenty community can look forward to significantly improved safety and accessibility, resilience, and more transport choice for moving around the region. It is the Bay of Plenty’s biggest roading project to date.

Takitimu North Link will provide an alternative route to SH2, moving trucks away from local roads and supporting urban growth. It is a key part of the region’s Connected Centres programme developed by the Urban Form and Transport Initiative.

Urban Form and Transport Initiative website(external link)

Stage One will have a separated walking and cycling path along the entire length. The project includes a new bridge crossing at Wairoa Awa (River), an overbridge interchange at Minden Road/ Te Rangituanehu, underpasses at Cambridge Road and Wairoa Road, a new west-bound single lane connection from Fifteenth Avenue to Takitimu Drive Toll Road, and a northbound flyover and southbound bypass lane at the SH29 interconnection/interface.

The works include the construction of eight bridges, three million cubic metres of earthworks, 29 culverts, eight stream diversions and seven wetland areas.

One lane in each direction will be used to prioritise public transport, vehicles carrying multiple passengers and/or freight.

An interchange overbridge at Minden Road and underpasses at Cambridge Road and Wairoa Road will help improve safety and efficiently manage the forecast traffic growth.

With almost 90% of all journeys in Tauranga taken by private car, it is critical residents have better access to safer and more reliable travel options to provide greater choice in how they move about the region.

At its peak of construction, 350–400 people will work on the project, but during the project we expect to induct about 4500 staff.

Multi-mode options for travel 

A continuous and separate shared ‘active mode path’ provides a safe and efficient connection for people cycling, riding e-bikes, electric scooters, electric skateboards and walking. The path will be on the north side of the corridor and provide regular access points to local roads and points of interest.

The shared path offers a multi-modal shift for commuters, providing more choices for travel and contributing to establishing key community connections at local roads.

The path will link to open spaces including Hakao / Minden Gully and the Wairoa River, and include pull off / rest stops and appreciate the surrounding landscape.

Contractors Fulton Hogan / HEB Joint Venture (FH/HEB JV) will design and construct the project, with BBO the Principal's Advisor. The design of Takitimu North Link is being delivered by Beca, with Holmes Consultancy Limited Partnership as a subconsultant.

Together, we will work together alongside Te Tiriti partnership roopu (group) Te Paerangi, to deliver the construction of the project. Te Paerangi is represented by hapū of Pirirākau, Ngai Tamarawaho, Ngāti Hangarau, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Pango, Ngāti Rangi and Ngāti Taka.


  • Supports urban growth.
  • Provides more transport choices.
  • Significantly improves safety and accessibility.
  • Builds resilience.

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The alignment for the Takitimu North Link project is within the rohe of Ngāti Ranginui iwi, and includes the hapū of Pirirākau, Ngai Tamarawaho, Ngāti Hangarau, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Pango, Ngāti Rangi and Ngāti Taka.

The project name, Takitimu North Link, was gifted by Te Paerangi and acknowledges the area’s cultural significance.

Takitimu recognises the connection to the waka that brought Tamatea Arikinui to Aotearoa, at Tirikawa, the base of Mauao, at the entrance of Tauranga Moana. The tohunga and navigator, Tamatea Arikinui, and some of his people settled in Tauranga and members of the seven hapū can trace their whakapapa back to this ancestor.

Takitimu North Link Stage Two: Te Puna to Ōmokoroa

We are progressing to protect the route for Stage Two of the project between Te Puna and Ōmokoroa. Designation is scheduled to be lodged in 2022 and applications for resource consents will be submitted.

This will give Council, landowners and the community certainty of the route and ensures Waka Kotahi is best placed to move forward when funding for construction becomes available.

Further work beyond route protection, including construction, will require funding through the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) and this is unlikely within the next 10 years.

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Project contacts

Phone: 0800 865 776