Great South Road, New Zealand

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These days, long parts of Great South Road's length are urban or suburban.

The Great South Road was the northern section of the earliest highway between Auckland and Wellington, in the North Island of New Zealand. Construction of the Great South Road began in 1861 during the New Zealand Wars under the orders of Governor Grey to improve supply lines through swampy and thickly forested country.[1] The road was constructed by British Army troops, and provided a flow of supplies for the Waikato campaign.[2] Approximately 12,000 soldiers were involved in the construction over two years. After the wars, more peaceful uses predominated, and the road became the main social and commercial link to the growing agricultural areas south of Auckland.[3]

Much of the road between Newmarket and Drury is laid in concrete, up to 1 foot thick but is now covered with asphalt. Originally, the road was marked by milestones, but these are now all believed lost.[3] The Auckland Southern Motorway has largely superseded Great South Road as a through route, but many parts of the road are still in use, particularly the urban sections.

The road begins[4] in the central Auckland suburb of Epsom, then passes through the suburbs of Greenlane, Penrose, Otahuhu, Papatoetoe, Manukau, Manurewa and Papakura. Leaving the urban sprawl, it heads south through Drury and Bombay, over the Bombay Hills, and follows the east bank of the Waikato River until crossing it at Ngaruawahia. A section of State Highway 3 through Ohaupo retains the road's southernmost extension.[5] Portage Road crosses it in Otahuhu.

Major intersections[edit]

Local Board Suburb km jct Destinations Notes
Albert-Eden Epsom 0.0 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Manukau Road – Royal Oak, Onehunga
Alpers Avenue – City Centre
Broadway – Newmarket
St Marks Road
1.1 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Market Road (east) – Remuera
Market Road (west) – Mount Eden
Greenlane 2.3 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Green Lane East – Remuera
Green Lane West – Western Springs
2.7 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Woodbine Avenue
2.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Campbell Road – Royal Oak
Maungakiekie-Tamaki Ellerslie
2.9 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Main Highway – Ellerslie
3.6 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Rockfield Road
3.9 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Central Park business park
Penrose 4.1 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Ellerslie Panmure Highway – Ellerslie
4.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Station Road East – Penrose
5.5 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Penrose Road – Mount Wellington
6.4 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg South Eastern Highway – Mount Wellington, Pakuranga
Church Street – Onehunga, Royal Oak
6.6 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Church Street East
7.1 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Southdown Lane
Mount Wellington 7.5 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Sylvia Park Road – Mount Wellington
7.9 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Vestey Drive
8.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Portage Road (east) – Mount Wellington
Portage Road (west) – Mangere, Manukau City
Mangere-Otahuhu Otahuhu
9.4 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Albion Road
Huia Road
9.5 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Princes Street
9.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Avenue Road
Mason Avenue
10.1 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Atkinson Avenue
High Street
10.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Mangere Road – Mangere, Middlemore Hospital, Airport
Otara-Papatoetoe Papatoetoe 11.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Bairds Road – Otara, MIT
13.0 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Shirley Road
13.2 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg East Tamaki Road – Otara, East Tamaki
13.3 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Kolmar Road
13.5 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Sutton Crescent
13.9 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Tui Road
St Georges Road
Manukau 15.4 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Reagan Road
Puhinui Road – Airport
15.9 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Ryan Place
16.1 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Te Irirangi Drive – Howick
Cavendish Drive – Airport
16.2 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Southpoint retail park
16.4 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Ronwood Avenue
16.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Redoubt Road
Manukau Station Road – Manukau City Centre
Former SH 20
17.0 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Lakewood Court
Manurewa Wiri 17.2 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg New Zealand road sign R3-4.svg from SH 1 (Southern Motorway)
18.0 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Kerrs Road
Manurewa 18.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Orams Road – Totara Heights
Browns Road – Homai
20.2 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Hill Road
20.3 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Station Road
20.6 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Alfriston Road – Alfriston, Clevedon
Weymouth Road – Clendon, Homai
21.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Mahia Road – Wattle Downs, Clendon
Papakura Takanini 22.3 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg SH 1 north (Southern Motorway) – Auckland
22.6 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg SH 1 south (Southern Motorway) – Hamilton
23.0 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Manuroa Road
Beaumaris Way
23.5 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Taka Street
Walter Strevens Drive
24.2 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Glenora Road
24.3 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg The Furlong
24.7 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Walters Road
Inlet Road
Longford Park Drive
25.1 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Waka Street
Papakura 26.1 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Subway Road
26.3 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg O'Shannessey Street
26.4 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Queen Street
26.5 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Broadway
Elliot Street
26.9 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Wood Street
27.1 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Wellington Street
Opaheke 27.7 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg Settlement Road
Beach Road
Drury 31.4 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg Waihoehoe Road
Norrie Road
32.0 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg SH 1 south (Southern Motorway) – Hamilton SH 22 begins
32.2 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg SH 1 north (Southern Motorway) – Auckland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Malley, Vincent. "'The great war for NZ broke out less than 50 km from Queen St': Vincent O'Malley on the Waikato War and the making of Auckland (". Spinoff. 
  2. ^ Roads – Development (from Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 1966 Edition. Accessed 19 July 2008.)
  3. ^ a b "Newmarket Viaduct – Landscape & Urban Design Framework". Transit New Zealand. 7 November 2008. p. Section 5.3. 
  4. ^ North End: Great South Road, Epsom, Auckland (Google Maps, accessed 7 December 2010.)
  5. ^ South End: Great South Road, Ohaupo, Waikato (Google Maps, accessed 7 December 2010.)

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Coordinates: 36°52′47″S 174°47′02″E / 36.87962°S 174.78394°E / -36.87962; 174.78394