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Project introduction

The 15.2km Huntly section has taken SH1 east of Huntly town, over lowlands and streams and the Taupiri Range when a 57m-deep cutting was created.

  • Estimated project cost

    $383 million - construction only
  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status


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The Huntly section is part of the 102km Waikato Expressway, connecting Auckland with Waikato and Bay of Plenty.





  • Connect the already completed Ohinewai section of the expressway to the Ngaruawahia section, which opened in late 2013.
  • Reduce traffic congestion and improve safety within the Huntly and Taupiri townships by significantly reducing through traffic.

Huntly project flyover - March 2020

Key features and other benefits

When complete the Waikato Expressway will be 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 will improve economic growth and productivity through more efficient movement of people and freight.

Other benefits include:

  • reducing travel times between Auckland and Tirau by up to 35 minutes
  • reducing significantly the number of fatal and serious injury crashes
  • reducing fuel costs
  • reducing traffic congestion within smaller communities like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Cambridge
  • increasing the highway's capacity and passing opportunities.

Key features

The Waikato Expressway will be 102km in length running from the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge. It will provide for two lanes of traffic in each direction divided by a central barrier with local roads and interchanges generally serviced by bridges and underpasses.

Designation map

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    For a more detailed map showing the designated route, click through one of the individual map boxes on the image below:

    Map of Huntly with index of 12 more detailed maps.


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