Information about planned maintenance work to ensure the safety and resilience of the state highway network in the Waikato region.

Maintaining your roads

The 2023/24 road maintenance season will see more than $75 million spent across approximately 480 lane kilometres of state highway in the Waikato.

This is our most significant programme of work in the Waikato region, and is part of a national programme focused on improving the condition of the state highway network.

Some of the region's most significant work sites this season include road resurfacing on several sections of the Hamilton urban state highway network, 30 lane kilometres of resealing on SH25 across the Coromandel Peninsula and 20 lane kilometres of work on the Desert Road.

Given the volume of roadworks taking place this year, we acknowledge at times there will be considerable disruption to travel across the region. Before leaving for your destination check the Journey Planner for the most up to date information on the state highway network.

Journey planner

You can also check our media page for weekly traffic bulletins detailing all known worksites across the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region. These are released each Friday.

See all news across this region(external link)

Planned works

Location Work activity Timeframe Impact
SH25A Kopu - Hikuai Slip Repair March 2024 Road Closed
SH25 Storm Recovery Slip clearing, drainage , resilience works Ongoing Multiple stop/go sites, priority give way, additional travel time
SH1 Karapiro Road rebuild (Gorton Road) Mid-September to end October Southbound closure from early October onwards
SH1 Ātiamuri to Wairakei 3 x Road Rehabilitation October - December Multiple stop/go sites, some closures, additional travel time required
SH26 Morrinsville Asphalt Resurfacing Mid-September to mid-October Road closures, short detours

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is undertaking a variety of safety improvements across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions which will contribute towards making these roads safer. A programme of work about to start includes a mixture of new and modified signage, new hazard warning signs, roadside safety barrier/ guard rail, road widening, improved road lines and improved road markings such as Audio Tactile Profiles. (ATP/ rumble strips are raised road markings that drivers can hear and feel.) It is expected there will be minimal disruption for motorists while this work is completed.

The planned work will take place at the following locations over the next three months:

  • SH26 Schollum Rd to Morrinsville - signage and ATP
  • SH39 Whatawhata to Ngahinapouri between 1722 - 1702 Kakaramea Road, Ngāhinapōuri - side barrier installation, signage and ATP
  • SH25 Whenuakite to Tairua (from 752 Tairua Whitianga road, southbound – guard rail, signage and ATP
  • SH27/SH2 Mangatarata to Top Rd from 719 SH27 Kaihere southbound - guard rail, seal widening
  • SH30 Matahi Rd to Te Teko southbound – guard rail and widening
  • SH24 Matamata to SH29 - road widening, signage and ATP
  • SH25 Waiharakeke to Golden Valley Rd - signage and ATP
  • SH2 Te Puke Highway to Otamarakau, from 2613 SH2 Pukehina northbound to Old Coach Rd intersection - widening, signage and ATP

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Frequently asked questions

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