Wellington Gully Progress


The NZTA will begin exploratory work soon on identifying solutions to address congestion and improve traffic flows on the Ngauranga to Aotea Quay section of the planned Wellington Northern Corridor Road, which extends from Wellington Airport to Levin.

It’s calling for expressions of interest to carry out investigation, design and construction work on the Ngauranga to Aotea Quay Project.

This section currently comprises three lanes in each direction and the target completion date for the Ngauranga to Aotea Quay project is 2016.

NZTA State Highway Manager, Wellington, Rob Whight says improvements to this section of SH1 will be part of the first phase of the Wellington Northern Corridor programme – together with the MacKays to Peka Peka and Peka Peka to Otaki expressways.

“The planned work on the Wellington Northern Corridor, from Wellington Airport to Levin is expected to be substantially completed by 2020,” he said.

The first phase of the project includes investigations and preliminary design, and NZTA will work with the successful tenderer to determine the best options for the project taking into account timings, costs and environmental concerns. It is expected that the NZTA will seek public input during this phase.




  1. anthony says:

    It’s amazing how they are finding ways to fix up the roads from Ngauranga BEFORE they actually build gully motorway, I wonder what will happen to the Basin Reserve though? I believe a cut and cover tunnel under the park in the low season will be the solution there.

  2. Welly says:

    The Ngauranga/Aotea quay section is a notable choke point,
    Two lanes from the Gorge meet two lanes from the Hutt and become 3. I think they are talking about peak hour hard shoulder running or an additional lane which then peels off as the Aotea off ramp,

  3. karl says:

    I think this “city motorway” should detour through Bowen Street, Museum Street and Hill Street before rejoining Aoeta Quay. Just for Steven Joyce’s convenience of course, not to make Parliament realise what it is doing with its motorway focus.

  4. Bill says:

    This is exciting news, especially the idea of eliminating the SH1 southbound lanes merging from two to three. Those lanes should be separate where they become 4 lanes (south) before the left lane becomes the “peak hour hard shoulder”.


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