Roadworks changes

International journeys bring travellers back to Auckland Airport’s roads

Travellers returning to Auckland Airport, as quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel resumes, are being told to expect a new road system with important construction on the transport network continuing since borders closed in March 2020.


Key points for drivers at Auckland Airport:

  • Carefully follow directions and signage – the road layout might have changed since you were last here
  • Check the traffic and plan your journey so you can allow plenty of time to get to the airport
  • Construction teams continue to work on the western side of George Bolt Memorial Drive. There are two lanes operating in each direction
  • Take particular care at the intersection of George Bolt Memorial Drive and Tom Pearce Drive where important work is ongoing. Ensure you’re in the correct lane if you’re making a turn
  • The airport’s major access from the south has undergone important changes during the past year with new lanes and shared paths introduced along State Highway 20B / Puhinui Road. New, reduced speed limits along this stretch of road were introduced last month.

André Lovatt, General Manager Infrastructure, said: “We’re grateful for the patience of travellers as we know that driving around construction sites can disrupt journeys. We’ve passed major milestones on this project, and we know regular travellers will appreciate the robust transport network and high-occupancy vehicle lanes we’re delivering.”

Current roadworks around the airport

New lanes and speed-limit change

High-occupancy vehicle lanes, new signals and a shared-use pathway are now operational on State Highway 20B / Puhinui Road as Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Airport near completion on this key part of the Southwest Gateway project. The new signals are located at the new intersections – Campana Road and Manukau Memorial Gardens.

The construction teams are continuing on site to complete median island, barrier and landscaping works. No traffic management will be in place during daytime works, except where necessary to support works on the road shoulders. Night-time stop/go traffic management will remain in place between the hours of 9pm to 5am, Sunday to Thursday.

New speed limits have also come into effect on this route:

  • 50kph between Manukau Memorial Gardens and the SH20/SH20B interchange
  • 60kph between Orrs Road and Manukau Memorial Gardens
  • 50kph between Pukaki Creek Bridge and Orrs Road
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Traffic speed limit changes on SH20B


Planning for weekend closures on GBMD

Auckland Airport continues to develop plans for weekend closures on George Bolt Memorial Drive which are currently scheduled for June and August. These closures will support intersection construction at the roundabout on John Goulter Drive and Manu Tapu Drive, and work at Tom Pearce Drive.

Detours will be put in place while all lanes in both directions on George Bolt Memorial Drive are closed. We will be in touch closer to the dates of the planned closure with details of timings and detours.


Auckland Airport delivering new journeys for travellers in 2021

Auckland Airport has recommenced work on an important new road that will ensure an efficient exit from the international terminal precinct for travellers and deliver a robust transport network to meet future demand.

The road construction will complete a one-way loop from George Bolt Memorial Drive to the international terminal and exiting northwards back onto George Bolt Memorial Drive, the main road linking the airport to the central city.

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Drone footage of the road development


Bus service changes

Auckland Transport's 380 bus service has been replaced by two new services:

  • The Airport Link route service covers the route previously run by the 380 between Manukau Bus Station to Auckland Airport. The electric bus service operates every 10 minutes.
  • A new, frequent bus route, the 38 operates on the northern section of the previous 380 route between Onehunga and the airport district.

For more information, go to Auckland Transport’s website.


Health & Safety

At Auckland Airport, we are focused on everyone getting home safely every day, so please take care and obey any road crew instructions. Speak up if you see any health and safety issues so we can put it right at health&safety@aucklandairport.co.nz.