A well-travelled path
Māori used to travel from Manukau to the Waitemata Harbour through wetlands. These wetlands were made into a channel by European settlers; this channel is now known as Oakley Creek. The Waterview Connection motorway will also follow this well-travelled route from Ōwairaka to Waterview.
The Western Ring Route
The Waterview Connection is the final section of the Western Ring Route to be built. Once this route is finished it will form 47km of motorway – making it the longest motorway in New Zealand. It will provide a bypass around the centre of Auckland for a lot of traffic that travels across the city each day.
Offer another way of travelling around the centre of Auckland
- Make travel times shorter
- Support economic growth as goods and services will be easier and quicker to move across the city
- End Auckland's dependence on State Highway 1 and the Harbour Bridge
- Reduce traffic delays around Auckland
- Link the centre of Auckland to the airport
- Reduce traffic congestion and air pollution
Finishing the Western Ring Route is part of the Government's 'Roads of ‘National Significance’ package. It is one of seven road projects that will benefit all of New Zealand. These major roads will help move goods and services throughout the country.