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The Waikato expressway is amazing. Well, the completed bits are.
However, the absence of a motorway through Hamilton is a shocker. A bypass is on the way but, Hamilton, that’s a fail. Why weren’t you planning for the future?
All was good until Taupo, and then we hit the Taupo/Napier road. It’s a beautiful road but that’s when we hit the super trucks hogging the single lane carriageway, often exceeding their speed limit. It was worse from Napier to Woodville.
The dependence on trucks, the railroading of railways and the lack of capable roads make those roads a killer. (I have one friend who nearly lost both her parents on that road to a truck.)
Wellington was more clogged, even on the weekend, than Auckland. It’s like no-one thought people lived and worked south of the Beehive, which is where everyone works. We witnessed the full horror of the Island Bay cycleway. What used to be a broad safe boulevard is now a skinny death trap.
Coming north, we checked out the new MacKays to Peka Peka expressway. $630 million for 18km of Rolls-Royce grade road. It’s beautiful. So beautiful that Otaki MP Nathan Guy promptly said he wants $2 billion to extend it to Levin – even though south of MacKays is about the worst roading on State Highway 1. Read more »