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MacKays to Peka Peka

Opened in February 2017, the $630-million project delivered 18km of four-lane expressway through Paraparaumu and Waikanae, including a new bridge over the Waikanae River.

Project Overview

Linking up to the Transmission Gully section in the south, the Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) section is one part of the Wellington Northern Corridor which consists of a 110km road corridor from Wellington Airport to Levin. The route provides improved safety, reduced congestion and provides more reliable journey times into and through the Kapiti Coast.

Higgins Role

Higgins was an alliance partner in the M2PP project with the key role to provide civil construction input and services related to drainage, pavement construction, surfacing and traffic management. Other alliance partners included NZTA, Fletcher Construction, Beca, the Kapiti Coast District Council, and local sub consultants and subcontractors such as Goodman Contractors. 

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Mackays to Peka Peka quick facts

  • 18 bridges
  • The 18km four-lane expressway
  • 1.4 million new plants over 140 hectares, mostly locally sourced native species
  • Over $200 million contributed to the local economy through employment of local businesses
  • Over 5000 people worked on the project through its life
  • 16km of shared pathway for cyclists, walkers and in most sections horses
  • 70,000 cubic metres of concrete poured, enough to lay a footpath from Wellington to Auckland
  • 3.5 million cubic metres of earth shifted – that’s 102 rugby fields piled 5m high
  • 14ha of wetlands created


First paving underway on M2PP