Learn about

the Waikato Expressway

Virtual Tour: Waikato Expressway

The Waikato Expressway is a big highway project. Some parts are already built and others are under construction.
It will provide a four-lane highway from the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge. It will be part of State Highway 1, New Zealand’s main road which runs the length of the country.

The Waikato Expressway will:

  • be safer
  • reduce travel times
  • make travel times more reliable.

People and goods will get to their destination faster, there will be fewer delays and serious crashes will be greatly reduced. Travel time from Auckland to Tirau will be 35 minutes less. There will be less traffic in towns like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Cambridge.

Traffic in each direction will be kept apart by a median strip of land and safety features such as wire rope barriers. Local roads will be reached by on and off-ramps connected to bridges or underpasses.

The Expressway may be finished by 2020. There’s a lot of work to get done, with engineers, machinery operators, trades people, planners, safety experts and scientists all involved.

We’ve pulled together some stories and videos about the people working on the Cambridge section of the expressway.

Technology: Karapiro Viaduct

The Karapiro Gully viaduct is one serious piece of engineering. It is a bridge 200m in length with the deck 40m above the gully floor. It is part of the Cambridge section of the Waikato expressway.

Relating to the environment

The team constructing the Waikato Expressway learn about the environment around the highway. Then they take steps to protect native bats and fish, and plant more trees.

Videos about the Waikato expressway

Check out the expressway route, watch the big bridge over the Karapiro Gully get built, see all the big machines in action and learn about safety.

Map of the Waikato Expressway

Map of the Waikato Expressway