Waterview Connection

Connecting commuters and visitors to Auckland, and beyond

The Waterview Connection - New Zealand's most complex road project to date - is now open. This remarkable project will help to reduce travel time and congestion for Auckland’s commuters and visitors.

Auckland’s Harbour Bridge is a majestic sight, soaring over the Waitemata Harbour yet it’s a congestion hotspot. As Auckland grows, so does the use of its already stretched motorway network. Enter Waterview Connection, New Zealand’s largest and most ambitious roading project.

Waterview Connection will help reduce Auckland commuters’ dependence on key routes, including the harbour bridge. It’ll also help commuters and visitors get in and around Auckland smoothly; plus link Auckland to its regional neighbours, like Northland and Waikato.

The $1.4 billion project is the last segment of Auckland’s south-western motorway and the final link for the 48-kilometre Western Ring Route. The 5kms of three-lane motorway includes two parallel 2.4km-long tunnels, and seven major bridge structures.

But Waterview Connection won’t only result in a more reliable motorway network. Aucklanders will also enjoy improved recreational facilities, like playgrounds and parks, and new cycling and walking connections.

Officially opened on 18 June 2017, the celebrations provided over 40,000 people with the opportunity to walk or cycle through the Waterview Tunnel in advance of traffic. Then, on 2 July 2017, five years after construction began, the Waterview Connection opened to commuters and the first of many motorists got to experience this incredible project.


  • 2016 NZ Planning Institute - Best Practice – Consultation and participation strategies and/or processes - Waterview Playground design
  • 2015 NZTA GEM Award – Connecting with the Community – Big Project, Big Heart
  • 2015 NZ Surveyor Institute - Waterview Tunnel Northern Portal Calibration Zone Monitoring
  • 2014 Bentley Be Inspired Awards - Innovation in Roads category
  • 2014 NZTA GEM Award – Teaming Up - Building Consent Exemption Charter

Main image courtesy of Greg Kempthorne.


Two parallel, long tunnels


Of new three-lane motorway



Our client says

Waterview will mark the greatest change in Auckland’s transport connectivity since the opening of the harbour bridge in 1959, and it will have a significant impact on the way people and freight move around the city and New Zealand,

Brett Gliddon,

NZ Transport Agency’s State Highway Manager in Auckland

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