Wairere Drive Extension

​​​Crosby Road to Cobham Drive  

The extension of Wairere Drive from Crosby Road to Cobham Drive provides the final link in the Hamilton Ring Road major arterial transport corridor network, and is a key component of the Access Hamilton strategy. The Wairere Drive extension project will provide a major arterial corridor designed to take significant traffic flows, and get people moving around Hamilton City more easily both now and into the future.

After an extensive consultation process, in 2007 Council was granted a designation for the new section of Wairere Drive extending from Crosby Road in the north through to Cobham Drive in the south. The designation confirmed the alignment of the new road.

In early 2011, construction works commenced on the first section of the extension, from Crosby Road to Ruakura Road. This section was completed in early 2013, including:

  • New four lane major arterial road
  • 2 new bridges at Carrs Rd and ECMT railway.
  • 3 new pedestrian underpasses
  • New 3m wide offroad shared (pedestrian and cycle) path along the full length.

In early 2013, works also commenced on the upgrade of Ruakura Road between Peachgrove Road and Wairere Drive, which includes the upgrade of Ruakura Rd / Peachgrove Rd / Te Aroha St intersection. Construction works on this section were completed in July 2013.

Construction of the final section of the Wairere Drive extension from Ruakura Road to Cobham Drive is now underway, with expected connection to Cobham Drive in 2015.

For detailed plans and links to previous newsletters relating the Wairere Drive Extension project, please follow the links below.


If you require any further information or have any questions relating to the Wairere Drive Extension project:

Project update

October 2014

The Wairere Drive Extension from Crosby Road to Cambridge Road / Naylor Street is now complete, with the section from Ruakura Road to Clyde Street opened in May and the section from Clyde Street to Cambridge Road  / Naylor Street opened in early September.

Design is progressing for the Wairere Drive extension from Cambridge Road to Cobham Drive – the final link in the Ring Road network. Construction is anticipated to commence in late 2014 and be complete by late 2015.


Page reviewed: 03 Nov 2014 8:13am