Project summary

What we're doing

Southern Links is a transport project run in cooperation with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to connect southern areas of our city to the wider Hamilton and Waikato roading networks.

Southern Links will:

  • link State Highway 1 from Kahikatea Drive in Hamilton 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 in Peacocke
  • provide the building blocks for further urban development in the region.

Why we're doing it

As our city grows, our roading network needs to grow too. Southern Links will reduce congestion, improve safety on SH1 and SH3 in Hillcrest and Melville, improve freight flows for industry, and be a key part of the city's urban arterial network. It will ensure that future state highway routes are well integrated with the local arterial road network, supporting planned growth of our city.

This project will

  • Reduce congestion

  • Establish a key transport network in Peacocke

  • Support further urban development of our region

Project features

  • Peacocke Bridge

    A new Waikato River bridge

    A new four-lane bridge, including dedicated bus lanes and separate pedestrian and cycling paths, will provide a link from Peacocke across the Waikato River.
  • Southern links airport

    More links to the airport

    Southern Links will connect State Highway 3 from Hamilton Airport to central and east Hamilton.
  • Peacockes road

    Roads for Peacocke

    The project will lay major arterial routes through Peacocke, setting the stage for a well-connected new neighbourhood.

Plans and documents

Frequently asked questions

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

View 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 Transport Agency. If you unable to locate your property within Hamilton, or 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 parts of the Southern Links project being managed by Council, with the support of the Government and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, include most land purchase and:

  • a new bridge over the Waikato River and connecting roads
  • a new east-west minor arterial road from SH3/Ohaupo Road to Peacockes Road
  • upgrading parts of Peacockes Road to an urban standard
  • a new intersection on SH3/Ohaupo Road.

Construction of the new bridge and connecting roads are expected to be completed by mid-2023 with the east-west minor arterial works completed another year after that. The SH3/Ohaupo Road intersection works are complete.

Visit our Peacocke page for more information on work that’s already under way.

How will Council keep everyone informed?

Our Pre-Construction Communication and Consultation Plan (PCCCP) sets out who, how, and when we will communicate or consult during the pre-construction phase of Southern Links. A Community Liaison Group for people directly affected, or in close proximity to the designation, will be formed for the duration of the project. We have certified this plan (as the regulatory authority) in accordance with the designation conditions.

From time to time we will publish project updates, which will be available on this page. 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".

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 we present 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.

I want to know more about land designation for this project.

​Land has been secured from 28 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 from LINZ.

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 us 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.

Can't find what you're looking for?

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

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

Contact Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for enquiries about their part of Southern Links.

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

More information about the project can be found on Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Southern Links page. 

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.


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Last updated 16 July 2022