Waikato River bridge and surrounding transport network

​​Construction of a new bridge over the Waikato River and surrounding transport network is now under way. The network will be a key connection into Peacocke from Hillcrest and the eastern suburbs.

Council has contracted HEB Construction to do this work.

Key features of the project:
  • Prioritises public transport, pedestrians and people on bikes.
  • Considers long-tailed bat and copper skink populations and other native fauna.
  • Partnership with iwi – including cultural design input, looking after the environment and Kaiarahi and Kaitiaki roles on site.
  • Community spaces including a paa harakeke, pocket parks and play facilities.
  • Part of a wider transport network planned for the Peacocke​ neighbourhood. 

Check out our progress:​

Peacocke north roads - Bird's eye view of layoutWaikato River bridge

  • ​​Four-lane bridge including dedicated bus lanes.
  • Seperate pedestrian and cycling paths.​
  • 95 to 110m span over the Waikato River.
  • No piers in the River.
  • 215m overall length​.
  • Anchored by a pedestrian bridge on the northern side of the River.
  • A single Y-shaped pillar on the south bank of the river, supporting a flat bridge deck spanning more than 200 metres long.
  • Lighting and structural features have been chosen to minimise the impact on the native long-tailed bats and the surrounding environment both during construction, and when it is operational.

Check out the final concept designs for the new bridge:

Read the full story here

The surrounding transport network

  • A 1.6km extension to Wairere Drive from the new bridge.
  • Urban upgrades to Weston Lea Drive and Peacockes Road to accomodate traffic and footpaths.
  • A network of underpasses, separated cycle paths and roads that prioritise buses and other public transport.
  • A two-lane, four-way roundabout at the intersection of Wairere Drive extension and Peacockes Road.
  • A signalised intersection at Peacockes Road and Weston Lea Drive.
  • Relocating utility services and installing new ones to cater to growth.
  • Stormwater, wastewater and water supply pipes installed. 

Check out our concept plans for the surrounding transport network here:​

Construction of the bridge and surrounding transport network is budgeted to cost $135M. ​

Peacocke is being built with the support of $290.4M of the Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund, made up of a $180.3M 10-year interest-free loan and $110.1M of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency subsidies. 


September 2018 - March 2019 - Planning​Complete
March to June 2019 - Preliminary design​Complete
July 2019 to July 2020 - Detailed design and construction drawingsComplete
April to August 2020 - Tender processComplete
September 2020 - Contract award for construction​Complete
​November 2020 - Construction starts
Late 2023 – Bridge and surrounding roads open​​​​

Get in touch

If you have any questions about construction, please get in touch with:

Kellie Ellis
HEB Stakeholder Communication and Engagement Manager

Page reviewed: 31 Mar 2022 11:38am