Ōtaki to North of Levin Expressway

Ongoing Consultation


The Ōtaki to North of Levin project will improve the safety and resilience of the transport network connecting Ōtaki and Levin, and continue the strategic and economic link to central New Zealand.

NZ Transport Agency will make a recommendation to its Board in mid-2018 – the alignment is not considered a preferred option until the Board has endorsed it.

NZTA's second consultation round open

The NZTA consultation is about determining a single preferred route for the four-lane expressway from Ōtaki to just north of Levin. All current options are east of Ōtaki and Levin.

Other options were ruled out by NZTA because of the significant environmental and cultural implications. And, increased travel times for commuters travelling to Levin or Palmerston North.

Have your say

NZTA has opened a pop-up shop at 183 Oxford Street, Levin if you want to drop in and talk to them about the proposal. It is open from 7 February until 9 March, and is open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-4pm, and Thursday from 12pm-6pm.  No appointment is required.

Community information sessions 

NZTA is also holding the following community information sessions during February and March:

Location Date  Time 
Manakau information session
Manakau Community Hall
12 Mokena Kohere Street
 Saturday 10 February  10am-2pm
Koputaroa information session
Koputaroa Community Hall
399 Koputaroa Road
 Wednesday 14 February  2pm-4pm
Levin information session
Ō2NL project pop-up shop
183 Oxford Street
 Saturday 17 February  10am-2pm
Ōhau information session
Ōhau Public Hall
Muhunoa Road West
 Thursday 22 February  3pm-7pm
Family Fun Day information session
Levin Adventure Park
93 Oxford Street
 Saturday 24 February  10am-4pm
Levin information session
Waiopehu College
74 Bartholomew Road
 Thursday 1 March  4pm-6pm
Poroutawhao information session
Poroutawhao Community Hall
800 State Highway 1
 Wednesday 7 March  2pm-4pm
Levin information session
Ō2NL project pop-up shop
183 Oxford Street
 Friday 9 March  4pm-8pm

NZTA's first consultation round

The first consultation round occurred in 2017. In all, 1,600 people attended a wide range of community events during the consultation, 217 feedback forms were received, and people put 553 pins and stickers on NZTA maps to highlight what is important to them.

Key suggestions included (supplied by NZTA):

  • Strong support for Bypass to ease congestion in Levin
  • Ideas about going east or west of Levin
  • Unique features of the District that should be preserved including highly productive soils, the special character of villages, marae, rural lifestyle zones and heritage buildings
  • The spiritual and visual connection between Lake Horowhenua and the Tararua Ranges.

Horowhenua District Council’s submission on the first consultation round can be viewed under 'Related Information' (extract from HDC's Strategy Committee Agenda 5 July 2017). Council has committed to working with the community and NZTA throughout this process.

Find out more

This is an NZTA engagement process, please visit www.nzta.govt.nz/O2NL to find out more. 

Photo of Kapiti Expressway (above): Mark Coote  -  www.markcoote.com

Frequently asked questions are available under Related Information.  You can also find out more on the NZTA Ōtaki to north of Levin project page.