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Old September 17th, 2009, 12:52 AM   #201
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Whenever I look at pictures of the motorways in New Zealand (and Australia) they always just look like the USA to me!

I think it's the fact that all the signage uses the same font, the use of the word 'exit' and the yellow diamonds, with the different sized number plates thrown in for good measure! But it's also other stuff like the type of gantry used and the street lighting.

It's odd how just little things like that can change the perception so much.
You have a point, it does look very American and will be more so in the future as most motorways around Auckland are expanding - unfortunately
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Old September 17th, 2009, 05:10 AM   #203
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Spaghetti Junction scares me.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 12:56 AM   #204
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Spaghetti Junction scares me.
It does look scary but is is okay
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 09:57 AM   #205
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I'm just nervous when I'm going to first drive on it!
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 04:25 AM   #206
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I don't know if one can call a bypass a motorway even though it has multiple lanes (in parts) and has one exit long its duration. We have it in Nelson and it connects the area around the airport to a town called Richmond. Nelson has a lot of traffic and for those who have been there, I'm sure you will agree.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #207
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I'm just nervous when I'm going to first drive on it!
Get over it, it's not difficult to navigate, much easier and less confusing than the huge 5-10 lane roundabouts they have in Europe, now those are scary.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 11:08 AM   #208
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So with new and improved sections of our State Highway's increased motorway capacity is it time that we had a look at raising the speed limited on the improved section from 100 to 120-130 kph?
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 05:44 PM   #209
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Very nice motorways actually
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 10:00 PM   #210
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They should be, we have been building them since 1950.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 12:23 AM   #211
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Very impressive indeed.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 12:18 PM   #212
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Is the new motorway Auckland-Hamilton in construction already?
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Old December 25th, 2009, 04:42 AM   #213
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Parts of the Waikato Expressway(Auckland to Cambridge, past Hamilton) have already been completed for some time.
I'm not sure when the southern section around Hamilton and on to Cambridge will start. There was some talk of it only being one lane each way, but I'm not sure what the outcome was.....
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Old December 25th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #214
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I guess you are familiar with this, but these are license plates of my birth city Nove Zamky, Slovakia :-)

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Old December 25th, 2009, 09:04 AM   #215
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Very nice motorways actually
They're average. The problem is public transport and the subsequent high ownership of cars.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 12:10 PM   #216
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They're average. The problem is public transport and the subsequent high ownership of cars.
I don't think the availability of public transport in New Zealand has any influence on car ownership. Virtually every household needs a car anyway, even if they use PT for daily commuting. Unless you're living in Tokyo or Manhattan. But that's not New Zealand.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 08:07 PM   #217
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They're average. The problem is public transport and the subsequent high ownership of cars.
NZ motorway's are considerably better than those in Norway (where I live now), which is really impressive when you consider the vast difference in wealth between the two countries.

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I don't think the availability of public transport in New Zealand has any influence on car ownership. Virtually every household needs a car anyway, even if they use PT for daily commuting. Unless you're living in Tokyo or Manhattan. But that's not New Zealand.
Completely agree with you. I hope we never have to live like they do in Tokyo or Manhattan, I much prefer a house and garden to a small apartment, living in a box isn't fun, we are lucky in NZ that we have the space. I will quite happily put up with traffic jams so that I can mow my lawn on a Sunday morning and kick a ball around with my boys.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 04:36 PM   #218
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Does anyone here have some pics of the new bridge in Tauranga?

And is there a plan to link the Waikato Expressway with Tauranga through another expressway? Would that be lucrative?
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Old January 1st, 2010, 03:50 AM   #219
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Lucrative?

Maybe if it is tolled.....
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Old January 1st, 2010, 07:26 AM   #220
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Lucrative?

Maybe if it is tolled.....
You're right. I think I wanted to say "advisable" instead of "lucrative"...
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