Project

Takitimu North Link

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Takitimu North Link

The project will connect Tauranga and Ōmokoroa with a new 14-kilometre link between State Highway 29 Takitimu Drive Toll Road and State Highway 2 Ōmokoroa intersection.  

Takitimu North Link will be constructed in two phases:

  • Stage One: previously known as Tauranga Northern Link, this stage will be the connection between SH29 and SH2 near Te Puna, and
  • Stage Two: the connection between SH2 Te Puna and Ōmokoroa (deferred in June 2021).

The Takitimu North Link is part of the NZ Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Program (NZUP).
 

Key Dates

Jan 2020 Project Announced
2021 Expected Construction Commencement
Jan 2028 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NZ Government

PROJECT HISTORY

2016 Property purchases, consents, design, tolling feasibility and revocation planning for the project commenced.
Apr 2016 Original construction funding for the Tauranga Northern Link ( Stage One of the now Takitimu North Link) was granted in April 2016 as part of the NZ$520 million Waihi to Tauranga Corridor Programme.
Aug 2017 Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) called for Registration of Interest (ROI) for the project's original design and construct contract in August 2017.
Jan 2018 Following the release of the 2018 Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport and the Draft Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP), NZTA re-evaluated the project to align it with the new priorities set out in the GPS.
Aug 2018 Project re-evaluation was confirmed in the National Land Transport Program (NLTP) 2018-21.
Jan 2020 The New Zealand Government announced NZ$478 million for the Tauranga Northern Link (Stage One of the now Takitimu North Link) project as part of the NZ$12 billion (AU$ 11 billion) New Zealand Upgrade Program.
May 2020 Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency issued an Advanced Notice of Information (NOI) informing that tendering will begin for Stage One in the following months.
Aug 2020 Registrations of Interest (ROI) were called for the design and construction of Stage One, closing on 15 September. ROI noted that Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency reserves the right to extend the scope of the project to include Stage Two.
Sep 2020 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the hapū Treaty partners have formally renamed the two State Highway 2 New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects. Under the renaming and amalgamation, the project previously known as Tauranga Northern Link from State Takitimu Drive Toll Road to Te Puna is now named Stage One of Takitimu North Link. The Stage Two of Takitimu North Link will extend that connection from Te Puna to Ōmokoroa.
Oct 2020 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency released the Request for Tenders for Stage One of the project. It is expected that the design component of the contract will be awarded by March 2021, with construction due to commence by late-2021.
Jun 2021 Following a re-evaluation of the NZUP, Stage Two of the project was 'deferred'. Dual-carriageway route protection and safety improvements were prioritised in the short term. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency stated that Stage Two will not happen in the next three years and is unlikely to occur in the next ten years.
Major Contract

Takitimu North Link - Stage Two

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Takitimu North Link - Stage Two

Stage two of Takitimu North Link project will involve construction of a new seven kilometre, four-lane corridor between Te Puna and Ōmokoroa. This includes: 

  • one lane in each direction prioritising public transport, vehicles with multiple passengers, and freight
  • a separate walking and cycling path 
  • an interchange overbridge with ramps in each direction at the intersection with Ōmokoroa Road, and
  • overbridges at Plummers Point Road/Barrett Road and Snodgrass Road/Te Puna Quarry Road.

Following a re-evaluation of the NZUP, the project was deferred to the long term. Dual-carriageway route protection and safety improvements will be prioritised in the short term. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency have stated that the project will not happen by 2024 and is unlikely to occur before 2031.

Key Dates

Jul 2023 Expected Contract Award
Dec 2024 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2028 Expected Construction Completion

PROJECT HISTORY

Sep 2020 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the hapū Treaty partners have formally renamed the two State Highway 2 New Zealand Upgrade Program projects. Under the renaming and amalgamation, the project previously known as Tauranga Northern Link from State Takitimu Drive Toll Road to Te Puna is now named Stage One of Takitimu North Link. The Stage Two of Takitimu North Link will extend that connection from Te Puna to Ōmokoroa.
Jan 2021 Ecological and ground investigations required for Stage Two of the project commenced.
Jun 2021 Following a re-evaluation of the NZUP, the project was deferred to the long term. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency stated that the project will not happen by 2024 and is unlikely to occur before 2031.
Estimated Total Cost
(2021)
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New Zealand |
Resources
Media releases
02/09/2020
28/01/2021
Major Contract

Takitimu North Link - Stage One

PROJECT STATUS
Awarded
Takitimu North Link - Stage One

Stage One of Takitimu North Link was previously known as Tauranga Northern Link. It will provide a 6.8-kilometre two-lane connection between the existing State Highway Two near Te Puna and the existing State Highway 29 Takitimu Drive Toll Road. The route will bypass Te Puna and Bethlehem townships. The project includes: 

  • a separate walking and cycling path 
  • one lane in each direction prioritising public transport, vehicles with multiple passengers, and freight
  • an interchange overbridge at Minden Road, and 
  • underpasses at Cambridge Road and Wairoa Road.

Key Dates

Aug 2020 ROIs Open
May 2021 Contract Award
Dec 2021 Expected Construction Commencement
2026 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NZ Government

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency
Successful Tenderer: Fulton Hogan and HEB Joint Venture

PROJECT HISTORY

Apr 2016 Original construction funding for the Tauranga Northern Link (Stage One of the now Takitimu North Link) was granted in April 2016 as part of the NZ$520 million Waihi to Tauranga Corridor programme.
May 2020 Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency issued an Advanced Notice of Information (NOI) informing that tendering will begin for Stage One in the following months.
Aug 2020 Registrations of Interest (ROI) were called for the design and construction of Stage One, closing on 15 September. ROI noted that Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency reserves the right to extend the scope of the project to include Stage Two.
Sep 2020 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the hapū Treaty partners have formally renamed the two State Highway 2 New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects. Under the renaming and amalgamation, the project previously known as Tauranga Northern Link from State Takitimu Drive Toll Road to Te Puna is now named Stage One of Takitimu North Link. The Stage Two of Takitimu North Link will extend that connection from Te Puna to Ōmokoroa.
Oct 2020 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency released the Request for Tenders for Stage One of the project. It is expected that the design component of the contract will be awarded by March 2021, with construction due to commence by late-2021.
Jan 2021 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency indicated that the preliminary site investigation for Stage One is near completion.
May 2021 The NZTA awarded the Design and Construct contract to a Fulton Hogan and HEB Joint Venture.
Jun 2021 Following a re-evaluation of the NZUP, the project has had its cost increased from $425 million to $655 million. Stage two of the project has deferred to the long term
Estimated Total Cost
(2021)
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Alliance |
Location
New Zealand |
Resources