Southern Links


What is Southern Links?

Southern Links is the future state highway and local arterial road network in the southern part of the city. 
 A plan showing the future network can be found here (PDF, 2.3MB).

Hamilton City Council and the NZ Transport Agency have been working together on the Southern Links project to ensure that future state highway routes are well integrated with the local arterial road network, and to allow for planned growth in the city.

The statutory process to designate the Hamilton City Council part of Southern Links was completed on 9 March 2016. ​ The conditions applying to the designation can be found here (PDF, 6.6MB).

When constructed Southern Links will:

  • Link State Highway 1 from Kahikatea Drive in Hamilton City to Tamahere and the Waikato Expressway in the south
  • Link State Highway 3 from Hamilton Airport to central and east Hamilton
  • Establish a key transport network within the Peacocke growth cell
  • Provide the building blocks for further urban development in the region

Southern Links will reduce congestion, improve safety on SH1 and SH3 in the Hillcrest and Melville suburbs of Hamilton, improve freight flows for industry and be a key part of the city's urban arterial network integrated into the HCC Access Hamilton Strategy.

How do I find out if my land is in or close to Southern Links?​

​The Designation Plan shows the footprint of the Southern Links designation. The designation is also in the District Plan maps - you can use the District Plan GIS Viewer to search property addresses to see what ​designations are in the vicinity. The designation number for Southern Links is "A106".

Alternatively, you can view maps for the entire Southern Links network from the NZ Transport Agency website here.

If you unable to locate your property within Hamilton, you can also email​ to query where the designation boundary is in relation to your property.​ 

If you are within Waipa or Waikato districts please email

When will construction start?

Timing for construction is significantly influenced by growth demands and is subject to funding priorities. The Council's new 2018-2028 10 Year Plan has been completed and came into effect on 1 July 2018. A key part of this Plan is providing infrastructure to enable more homes to be built quickly in the Peacocke growth area.

The parts of the Southern Links project being accelerated by the Council, with the support of the Government and NZ Transport Agency, includes most land purchase and:

  • a new bridge over the Waikato River and connecting roads
  • a new east-west minor arterial road from SH3/Ohaupo Rd to Peacockes Rd
  • upgrading parts of Peacockes Rd to an urban standard
  • a new intersection in the vicinity of Dixon Rd / Ohaupo Rd (SH3)

Current expectations are that construction of the new bridge and connecting roads will be completed by mid-2023 with the east-west minor arterial works completed another year after that. The new Ohaupo Rd (SH3) intersection works have started and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

More information on the 10 Year Plan is available here.

What progress has been made and what’s happening now?

We have completed, are working on, or are about to start work on, a range of conditions established by the designation. These include:

Other completed and certified management plans are contained in the Key Documents section below.

Information on construction that is currently underway is available here

Environmental work

As part of environmental monitoring and survey work we trapped and tracked long-tailed bats. For the first time in New Zealand, we have visual confirmation that Long Tail Bats are using artificial roosts, otherwise known as bat boxes. Council released a statement about this which can be found here. Footage of bats using these boxes can be viewed here.

Other environmental monitoring will be required over the construction and post-construction period.

Over the next three years we will be completing a variety of gully restoration work, as well as two lizard habitat restoration areas.

New Waikato River bridge and East-West minor arterial design work underway -

Council has appointed consultants to prepare the design of the new bridge over the Waikato River, the East-West minor arterial, and associated roads and utility services. This team will need access to private land for a wider range of investigation work. Separate access agreements are being arranged with affected landowners through Councils property agents.

How will Council keep everyone informed?

The Pre-Construction Communication and Consultation Plan (PCCCP) sets out who, how, and when we will communicate or consult with during the pre-construction phase of Southern Links. This includes the formation of a Community Liaison Group for people directly affected, or in close proximity to the designation will be formed for the duration of the project. ​This plan has been certified by Council (as the regulatory authority) in accordance with the designation conditions. 

 The PCCCP is available h​ere (PDF, 243KB).  

From time to time we will publish project updates. These will be available on this website. If you wish to receive an electronic copy of these updates please email with the subject heading "SL Update Yes" using the email address you wish us to use. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing with the subject heading "SL Update Cancel".

​Community Liaison Group

We hold regular project update sessions for owners and occupiers of land directly affected (within) or in close proximity to (up to 200m beyond) the designation boundary. 

We will send invitations if you opt-in to the Community Liaison Group invitation list. If you wish to opt-in please​ email with the subject heading "SL CLG Yes"​ using the email address you wish us to use. You can opt-out at any time by emailing with the subject heading "SL CLG Cancel".

All information presented by Council at these sessions will be made publicly available as soon as practicable. If you have an enquiry please contact  the Southern Links Communication, Consultation and Property Liaison Manager, there is no need to wait for a CLG session.

What progress is being made in acquiring designated land?

Land has been secured from twenty-eight properties. This has been a mix of total and partial property acquisitions via agreements or proclamations. Multiple other property agreements are being finalised. 

Information on the land acquisition process is available here and from LINZ. below:

LINZ Booklet: Landowners Rights when the Crown requires your land for a Public Work

Who do I talk to about the maintenance of acquired land?

What is the process for Council acquiring land? 

What can I do on  land affected by the designation?

The Property Acquisition and Management Engagement Practice (PAMEP) outlines the general process for complaints about property management and maintenance, property purchase and the obligations on landowners to seek approvals from Council as a consequence of the land being designated. There are controls on how owners of designated land can use that land. In many situations approval from the requiring authority is needed.

 The PAMEP is available here (PDF, 253KB). 

Key documents

Designation Plan (PDF, 2.3MB)
This shows the footprint of the Southern Links designation. It is also shown in the District Plan.

Designation Conditions (PDF, 6.6MB)
These are conditions imposed on the designation that Council (as the requiring authority) needs to comply with. 

Property Acquisition and Management Engagement Practice (PDF, 253KB)
This outlines the property purchase, use of designated land, and complaints processes for Southern Links.

 Peacocke Structure ​Plan
This describes the planned land use for the Peacocke area and is incorporated into the District Plan. The Structure Plan reflects the alignment of Southern Links.

This outlines landowners rights when it comes to the acquisition of land for public works.

Certified Management Plans


Pre-Construction Communication and Consultation Plan (PDF, 1MB)
This sets out who, how, and when we will communicate or consult with during the pre-construction phase of delivering Southern Links. ​This plan has been certified by Council (as the regulatory authority) as being in accordance with the designation conditions.

Concept Landscape Management Plan, (PDF, 6.1MB)

This sets out the overall concept for landscaping for Southern Links. Subsequent detailed Landscape Management Plans are prepared for each section of the project with guidance from the Concept Landscape Management Plan.

Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan (PDF, 27.7MB)


Ohaupo Rd (SH3) Roundabout and East-West Arterial (Stage 1)

Traffic Network Management Plan, (PDF, 13MB)

Heritage and Archaeological Site Management Plan, (PDF, 7.78MB)

Landscape Management Plan, (PDF, 12.2MB)

Omnibus Management Plan, (PDF, 30.3MB)

  • Construction Communication and Consultation Plan
  • Construction Management Plan
  • Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plan
  • Construction Traffic Management Plan
  • Dust Management Plan
  • Hazardous Substances Management Plan​

​Extension of Wairere Drive and Waikato River Bridge

Heritage and Archaeological Site Management Plan, (PDF, 431KB)

Transport Network Management Plan, (PDF, 41BM)

Landscape Management Plan, (PDF, 180MB)

Construction Management Plan, (PDF, 22MB)

Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plan, (PDF, 48MB)

Construction Communication and Consultation Management Plan, (PDF, 3.4MB)

Construction Traffic Management Plan (PDF, 10.7MB)

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

For enquiries about the Hamilton City Council part of Southern Links please contact:

Hamilton City Council (as the requiring authority)

Nathanael Savage
Southern Links Communication, Consultation and Property Liaison Manager
Phone 07 838 6699

​For enquiries about the NZ Transport Agency part of Southern Links please contact:

NZ Transport Agency

Adrian Bathgate
Southern Links Communication, Consultation and Property Liaison Manager
Phone 07 958 7220

More information about the project can be found on the NZ Transport Agency website

Note: Hamilton City Council  has two separate roles when dealing with Southern Links. Council acts as a requiring authority, and as a regulatory authority. This is managed carefully by staff so that an appropriate separation of roles and responsibilities is maintained. 
This is to ensure transparency and manage potential conflicts of interest.
Page reviewed: 25 Aug 2021 12:48pm