December 11, 2023

Major Auckland motorway from Pūhoi to Warkworth officially opens

The 18.5km route is expected to be safer for motorists.

A major Auckland motorway project from Pūhoi to Warkworth officially opened for the first time on Monday morning. 

State Highway 1 Pūhoi to Warkworth, Ara Tūhono motorway, north of Auckland opened to all traffic on Monday following delays in the project last year. 

The 18.5km route is expected to provide a safer, more reliable and resilient route for motorists.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins opened the motorway on Friday. 

In a tweet, Waka Kotahin said the southbound on-ramp Pūhoi is now closed as a result of the new motorway.

“Please access the new SH1 motorway via Pukerito roundabout, north of Warkworth or follow free route south via Orewa.”

The motorway was budgeted to cost $877.5, Waka Kotahi has not yet said if the costs have run over. 

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