Waterview Connection

Inside the Waterview tunnels.

Alice the gigantic tunnel boring machine has completed digging the second of twin 2.4 km motorway tunnels beneath Auckland’s suburbs. She broke through in October last year.

Construction teams remain hard at work completing all parts of this complex project. The Waterview Connection will complete Auckland’s western ring route.

Learning resources

Virtual field trip 3 has finished but everything remains online for students and teachers. These include virtual field trips 1 and 2, which include close encounters with:

  • Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine
  • Dennis the gantry crane.

Check out the videos, photos and other resources:

Waterview Connection Virtual Field Trip (Learnz website)

Teacher feedback from previous trips

"Promoted coherence in our school as teachers of physics, Maths, Careers and Techology worked together with groups of Year 10 students to focus on Engineering as a future career. Watching the videos and engaging with the material gave the students a real live experience which left them talking about the tunnel afterwards."
Catrin Hughes, Green Bay High School

"100% engagement! Lots of discussions both in the classroom and in homes. Really good for the children to see the teams on the videos talking about work place treaties, working together, effective communication and all the things we talk about at in the classroom - quite a few lightbulb moments for students."
Juliet Pendleton, Pt Chevalier School



Video highlights from Waterview virtual field trip 3

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Video highlights from Waterview virtual field trip 2

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  • Alice and the turnaround

    Get close and see how much progress Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine has made since the first field trip and find out how she was turned around to start the second tunnel.

  • Looking after the neighbours

    Discover how activities on the construction site can be managed so they don't disrupt the locals.

  • And playgrounds too!

    The NZ Transport Agency doesn't want to just build a road they want to leave behind better places and spaces for people living in the area. See how a playground has been designed for the local community.

  • Meet Dennis!

    Climb up to meet Dennis the gantry crane and find out how he came to be called Dennis and what work he does on site.

  • How Dennis works

    Talk to Section Engineer James Chamberlin to find out how Dennis works.

  • Field trip 2 summary

    Shelley summarises the week at Waterview. Take some time to reflect on what you have learnt during this second field trip to the project site.

Video highlights from Waterview virtual field trip 1

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  • The Western Ring – An Alternative Route

    Find out more about the Auckland Harbour Bridge and discover why Auckland needs the Western Ring Route.
  • Creating Lasting Legacies

    Wander up the partially built Hendon Footbridge to look out over the Southern Approach Trench and see how this area has been changed.
  • The Tunnel Boring Machine

    Meet TBM Shift Engineer Rachel Kelpie to find out more about what a tunnel boring machine (TBM) is and how it operates.
  • Getting to Alice

    Sign in, get your re-breather unit on and travel down into the tunnel to meet Alice the TBM.
  • Meet Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine

    Take a look around Alice the TBM to see how she works.
  • Field Trip Summary

    Take time at the end of the field trip to reflect on all that you have learned this week.