Roadworks changes

Current roadworks around the airport

Night closures on George Bolt Memorial Drive

George Bolt Memorial Drive, the main route into the airport, is scheduled to close from 8pm to 5am on five consecutive nights in both northbound and southbound directions from Tuesday, 27 October through to the morning of Sunday, 1 November.

During this period, detours providing access to both terminals and all areas of the airport precinct will be in place each night from 8pm until 5am the following morning. Outside of these hours, the road will be reopened to its recent layout with access in both northbound and southbound directions. This is to allow for the safe removal of an overhead gantry and the installation of three new wayfinding gantries.

The following detours will be in place:

  • Southbound traffic going to the terminals will merge into a single lane south of Verissimo Drive before turning left into Nixon Road and continuing along Tom Pearce Drive.
  • Traffic heading north from the terminals will be directed along Tom Pearce Drive before turning left on to Nixon Road. From there, traffic will turn left on to George Bolt Memorial Drive for a short distance before making a U-turn at a designated turning point near Ihumatao Road and heading northwards towards the city.
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Southbound detour

Northbound detour

Airport Shopping Centre

Access to and from the Airport Shopping Centre will be via Leonard Isitt Drive:

  • Westbound traffic on Tom Pearce Drive will turn right on to the eastern arm of Leonard Isitt Drive. This traffic will follow the turn in the road toward the main stretch of Leonard Isitt Drive, where it turns right before proceeding straight to the retail centre.
  • Eastbound traffic on Tom Pearce Drive will turn left on to the western arm of Leonard Isitt Drive, before proceeding straight to the retail centre.
  • Traffic leaving the retail centre during this time will be diverted down Leonard Isitt Drive and on to Tom Pearce Drive. Terminal-bound traffic will be directed to the eastern arm of Leonard Isitt Drive before turning right on to Tom Pearce Drive.

Entry to airport shopping centre

Exiting airport shopping centre

Manu Tapu Drive

Access to and from Manu Tapu Drive will be via Tahinga Lane:

  • Traffic going to Manu Tapu Drive will approach from the east along Tom Pearce Drive, before doing a U-turn at the roundabout of Ray Emery Drive. The traffic then turns left on to Tahinga Lane, which connects with Manu Tapu Drive.
  • Traffic leaving Manu Tapu Drive during this time will be diverted down Tahinga Lane, before turning left on to Tom Pearce Drive and proceeding east.

This project is part of the Northern Network, one of Auckland Airport’s key infrastructure developments, designed to ensure reliable access to the airport and create a resilient road network to meet future needs. We’re getting on with this important work now while there’s less traffic on the roads.

Please plan your journey, allow extra time for the journey, and obey all traffic management instructions on signage and, or from the site staff.

Access to Manu Tapu Drive


Progress on George Bolt Memorial Drive

Work continues on George Bolt Memorial Drive as part of the Northern Network transport project. All southbound and northbound lanes (two lanes in either direction) between Ihumātao Rd, Manu Tapu roundabout and Tom Pearce Drive have shifted west. This road layout will be in place until further notice.

Other works include:

  • Regular day and night works continue at the Tom Pearce Drive intersection, please be aware of any temporary traffic management in place
  • Road barriers along George Bolt Memorial Drive (southbound, between John Goulter Drive and Tom Pearce Drive) are being realigned to allow for construction. The southbound lanes have been reduced to one lane for this section while these works are underway
  • The left-hand lane for southbound traffic turning from George Bolt Memorial Drive into Tom Pearce Drive has been removed. Traffic island removal works will be underway until late-October
  • Pedestrians walking along the eastern side of George Bolt Memorial Drive are not able to cross at the signal lights at the Tom Pearce Drive intersection. Workers will be on site to stop traffic and direct pedestrians to cross via the western side of George Bolt Memorial Drive. Works will be underway until late-October
  • Hydro-excavation to locate sub-surface utilities and services is taking place from Tom Pearce Drive intersection working northwards to Ihumātao Road. These works involve a temporary single lane closure for northbound traffic through to early-October

Pedestrians walking along the eastern side of George Bolt Memorial Drive are not able to cross at the signal lights at the Tom Pearce Drive intersection (see map below). Workers will be on site to stop traffic and direct pedestrians to cross via the western side of George Bolt Memorial Drive. Works will be underway until late-October.


Roundabout works on Laurence Stevens Drive

A four-way, Stop/Go traffic-management plan will be in place on the roundabout intersection of Geoffrey Roberts Road and Laurence Stevens Drive from Monday, 28 September until Friday, 16 October.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane at the roundabout, and the speed limit on the four approaches to the roundabout will be reduced to 30kp/h.

During the three-week period scheduled for works, this traffic-management plan will remain in place Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 5pm. Outside of these hours, traffic flows will operate as normal.


Update to road closure on SH20B

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is continuing work along SH20B, with a series of night-time shutdowns for traffic in both directions.

The night-time shutdowns run from Sunday to Thursday, 9pm to 5am. There are also workers on site in regular daytime working hours, Monday to Saturday.

For more information on the SH20B project and weekly updates on the planned night work, please visit the NZ Transport Agency project website.

For daily updates on road closures visit the NZ Transport Agency website.

If you use the Auckland Transport 380 bus route, please expect delays and allow additional time for your travel. Keep up to date by visiting Auckland Transport's website or phone 09 366 6400.


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.