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Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway

Work to construct the Peka Peka to Ōtaki (PP2O) section of the Kāpiti Expressway is now underway. PP2O is expected to bring employment and economic development opportunities to our district. It will allow some of the skills developed through the construction of the Mackays to Peka Peka section of the Expressway to be retained in the district and, once complete, reduced travel times and our improved resilience will support future economic growth.

The Council is working with the NZ Transport Agency and their construction partners to advocate for and protect the community interests throughout the design and construction phases of this project. This includes work to make the existing State Highway 1 between Peka Peka to Ōtaki a fit-for-purpose local road and enhance walking and cycling connections between the Mackays to Peka Peka Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway and Ōtaki.

The PP2O Route

The 13 kilometre route runs from Peka Peka Road in the south to Taylors Road just north of Ōtaki and is made up of two parts:

  1. A new four-lane expressway running along the existing State Highway 1 alignment through Te Horo.
  2. The establishment of an Ōtaki bypass with connections to local roads and new bridges over the Ōtaki River and Waitohu Stream.

In December 2009 the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Board chose the preferred route for the four-lane expressway through the Kāpiti District between Peka Peka and Ōtaki. The 15km expressway route is based on the improved eastern option produced during investigations in 2002.

For more information about the PP2O project visit

Peka Peka to Ōtaki Board of Inquiry Final Decision and Report

The Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway Board of Inquiry released its final report and decision on 14 February 2014. In summary, the Board of Inquiry:

  • Confirms the notices of requirement sought by NZTA, and grants the resource consents subject to the imposition of conditions contained in Volume 2 of the decision.

Council submission to EPA

On 17 June 2013 Council made a submission to the EPA on the proposed Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway.  Download or print a copy of the submission document from the link below:

Lodgement and Notification

On 18 March 2013, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) received applications (matters) from KiwiRail and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) for notices of requirement and resource consents for the Peka Peka to North Ōtaki Expressway Proposal.