Waikato is a key strategic logistics hub for the upper North Island. More than three million people live and work in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, and Waikato’s processing capabilities are a significant supporting factor for a range of economic activities across the wider region.
Freight and Logistics in the Waikato
Waikato is a main thoroughfare for goods being distributed around New Zealand and internationally.
The region is ideally placed to service key export industries, with nationally significant ports at Auckland and Tauranga, and Auckland Airport all within 90 minutes’ drive. Inland ports have also recently been opened near Hamilton to further add to Waikato’s logistics capabilities.
Waikato experiences significant freight volume all across the region, and road and rail infrastructure is helping to both increase the capacity of the network and improve supply chain resilience by improving transport bottlenecks.
Freight volumes in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty are expected to grow significantly by 2030, with forecast projections suggesting anywhere between 47-65% on previous levels. Simultaneously, the local freight and logistics workforce is projected to grow by 12.4% from 2021 to 2026.
High international and domestic demand for goods only heightens the need for smooth, seamless last mile and logistics services. Waikato has ample industrial-zoned land for warehousing and logistics.
Waikato’s road network continues to undergo major transformation. The recent Waikato Expressway has significantly improved travel times to Auckland, and the completion of the Hamilton section has decreased travel times between Auckland and Cambridge and into Hamilton. There is opportunity for the Expressway to be expanded further south and to the east to improve roading connections to the Bay of Plenty.
Further big-ticket infrastructure investment has been earmarked for the near future, due to the priority that’s been given on increasing Waikato’s capacity in the sector.
Te Waka and Freight and Logistics
Te Waka has played a leading role in helping to develop the freight and logistics industry with the development of the 2022 Freight Action Plan. The Plan highlights the growth potential for the industry, and outlines key enablers for realising that potential.
The Freight Action Plan identified eight key actions for the sector moving forward, and Te Waka’s goal is to smooth the road for these important industry markers.
The Ruakura Superhub was completed in 2022. The inland port was established near Hamilton to help to ease the load on site at the Port of Tauranga, unlocking added economic activity and increasing the overall capacity of the port itself. Click here to find out more.
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