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, 657KB).

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, 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 the new bridge and connecting roads will be completed by the end of 2022/23 with the east-west minor arterial works completed another two years after that. The new Ohaupo Rd (SH3) intersection is expected to be completed by the end of 2020/21.

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 pre-construction conditions established by the designation. These include:

  • Pre-Construction Communication and Consultation Plan (Complete and available here (PDF, 1MB))

  • Property Acquisition and Management Engagement Practice (Complete and available here (PDF, 243KB))

  • Ecological Management and Monitoring Plan (Underway)

  • Concept Landscape Management Plan (Underway)

A copy of the designation conditions can be found here (PDF, 657KB).

Update (1 October 2018):

Peacocke-wide environmental work - We have engaged a range of  environmental experts to help gather information needed for the Ecological Management and Monitoring Plan.

Some places where our experts need to go are in private ownership. We have contacted some property owners in the Peacocke area for permission to access their land to do this work.

To date we have completed two seasons of acoustic bat monitoring and thermal imaging surveys, and one season of bat trapping and tracking. We have also completed lizard, bird and aquatic surveys.

We will be doing more bat trapping and tracking work in December 2018 and February 2019, as well as acoustic bat monitoring from February to April 2019.  Further bird surveys are planned for November 2018. We'll also be looking into archaeological investigations in the near future. Other environmental monitoring will be required over the construction and post-construction period.

New Waikato River bridge design work underway - Council has recently appointed consultants to prepare the design of the new bridge over the Waikato River, 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.


Something exciting - As part of the first season of bat trapping and tracking work, and for the first time in New Zealand, we have visual confirmation that Long Tail Bats are using artifical 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.


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 here (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".

Previous project newsletters are available below:

Update (1 October 2018): The Council will hold a public open day early next year to provide an opportunity to talk with Council staff about future plans for the whole Peacocke area. Details of this information session will be publicised in the near future.

​Community Liaison Group

We will hold regular project update sessions (annually initially) for owners and occupiers of land directly affected (within) or in close proximity to (up to 200m beyond) the designation boundary. The plan available here may help. 

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.

Update (1 October 2018): In early April 2017 we sent letters to owners and/or occupiers of land in or within 200m of the designation boundary. This mail out provided a project update and asked people to opt-in to receive future updates and /or invitations to Community Liaison Group sessions. The CLG information sessions were held on 27 April 2017 and 27 April 2018. If you want a copy of the record please email . The next CLG information session will be held early 2019.

What progress is being made in acquiring designated land?

Six properties have been fully or partially acquired since the designation was lodged. 

Update (1 October 2018): With the new 10 Year Plan timing we are actively pursuing land acquisition. Councils property consultants have made contact with most directly affected landowners to start the first steps of securing the land needed to deliver the designated works.   

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, 243KB). 

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, 657KB)
These are conditions imposed on the designation that Council (as the requiring authority) needs to comply with. 

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.

Property Acquisition and Management Engagement Practice (PDF, 243KB)
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.

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
Simon Brandon
Southern Links Communication, Consultation and Property Liaison Manager
Phone 07 958 7888

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: 04 Oct 2018 10:36am