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Old April 4th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #341
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Chris, from what I've seen so far of Sydney's excellent photos, he only takes photos of the nicer parts of NZ, there are plenty of very rough areas of Auckland which look like some of the worst parts of LA, parts where Sydney wouldn't be welcome. So far I've not come across any nasty areas in any Swiss city.
Then you haven't lived in Switzerland or spent very long there. I don't agree that Auckland or NZ is anything like Switzerland, but I also don't agree that Swiss cities don't have some pretty seedy areas. It's also a pretty wild claim to make that the seedy parts of LA are anything like the seedier parts of Auckland.

However, Sydney's photos are of highways in NZ, and the general quality of this infrastructure is on par with that in Switzerland and significantly higher than anywhere in the US, the latter dealing with a serious case of lack of maintenance these days.
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Chris, from what I've seen so far of Sydney's excellent photos, he only takes photos of the nicer parts of NZ, there are plenty of very rough areas of Auckland which look like some of the worst parts of LA, parts where Sydney wouldn't be welcome. So far I've not come across any nasty areas in any Swiss city.
Lay off the green stuff There is no way in hell that areas such as Otara, Mangere, Massey and Avondale can even come close to the madness of some of LA's worst areas. Don't for a minute think that Switzerland doesn't have it's fair share of dodgy areas - I have seen them with my own eyes.

I also don't believe that Chris is so naive to think that everything is perfect in NZ but compared to places I have been to our worst areas look like average middle income suburbs.

Besides that, this is a motorway thread and correct me if I am wrong, there is no motorway through Avondale, Otara, Mangere and/or Massey. There is no mis-representation here at all ... what you see is what you get when you are traveling on the motorway

P.S. There are many areas in NZ that actually remind me of my time in Switzerland - especially the scenery.

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Old April 4th, 2012, 11:09 PM   #344
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Amazing pics

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Matamata is funny because in portuguese matamata means killkill hahaha
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Old April 5th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #345
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Great pics Sydney! Thanks mate.
Nice to see the Waikato Expressway

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Then you haven't lived in Switzerland or spent very long there. I don't agree that Auckland or NZ is anything like Switzerland, but I also don't agree that Swiss cities don't have some pretty seedy areas. It's also a pretty wild claim to make that the seedy parts of LA are anything like the seedier parts of Auckland.

However, Sydney's photos are of highways in NZ, and the general quality of this infrastructure is on par with that in Switzerland and significantly higher than anywhere in the US, the latter dealing with a serious case of lack of maintenance these days.
Oh come on
Fighting bullshit with more bullshit kind of defeats the purpose don't you think?

P.s. Sydney
Both Otara and Mangere have motorways running through them
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Old April 5th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #346
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However, Sydney's photos are of highways in NZ, and the general quality of this infrastructure is on par with that in Switzerland and significantly higher than anywhere in the US, the latter dealing with a serious case of lack of maintenance these days.

Oh, come on dude, have you seen map of the Swiss motorway network??
NZ has some few short stretches and no network whatsoever.
And we didn't even mention trains.
US have some issues with maintenance but their network is so vast it's like comparing apples with pears.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #347
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Are New Zeland changing the white line center for yellow ones ??
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Old April 5th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #348
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Yellow when overtaking isn't allowed, white when it is
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Old April 5th, 2012, 11:45 PM   #349
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Matamata is funny because in portuguese matamata means killkill hahaha
Hi, Thanks mate ... the folks over in Matamata will get their knickers in a knot if they knew the Portuguese meaning ... thanks for the comment and Happy Easter


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Great pics Sydney! Thanks mate.
Nice to see the Waikato Expressway

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Both Otara and Mangere have motorways running through them
You are most welcome B ... thanks for the info .... what I meant to say is that the motorway bypasses the suburbs that I mentioned (Otara to the left of the motorway when you are travelling South) and there is nothing to see but trees along the motorway. I haven't travelled on the airport route for ages now but the same would apply to Mangere .... it is not as if they cut through the afore-mentioned suburbs and I deliberately ignore taking photographs because they are "ugly"

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Waterview Connection | The widest Tunnels in Australasia





Client NZTA * Location Auckland * Completion 2016


The $1.4 billion Waterview Connection project will complete Auckland’s Western Ring Route. The project involves almost five kilometres of new motorway including two parallel tunnels, 2.4 kilometres in length, and interchanges to connect to the Southwestern Motorway at Mt Roskill and to the Northwestern Motorway at Great North Road. It will be the largest, most expensive and most complex roading project ever undertaken in New Zealand.

The Western Ring Route will provide a 48-kilometre alternative to State Highway 1 and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Construction will start in November with the project expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Part of the Well-Connected Alliance Team (Comprising NZTA, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell Constructors, Parsons Brinkerhoff NZ, Beca Infrastructure, Tonkin and Taylor, Boffa Miskell and Obayashi Corporation), Warren and Mahoney is responsible for the architectural components of the project including the ventilation stacks, egress structures, vehicular and pedestrian bridges and associated tunnel buildings.

Tender Design Concept

Inspired by the aesthetic forms of Obsidian (volcanic glass) the original design for the tunnel's ventilation stack has focussed on creating a slender form of elegance and beauty. Its full sculptural appearance is appreciated on approach from the motorway as the stake’s slanted form extends down to the motorway serving as the portal’s dividing wall. The notion of extruded boxes shifting in and out of the tunnel express traffic movement through the tunnel, its glazed ends revealing and celebrating the tunnel’s mechanical and servicing operations. Glazed patterning to offer detail features internally fixed aluminium louvres creating depth and detail to the glazed edges.

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Old July 18th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #352
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WOW im suprised! and they say New zealands economy is weak well when i went over there just recently it seemed ok. Have to admit Aucklands Roads and Motorway network is alot better than Sydneys. I'd say within in a few years when the M2-F3 link tunnel in Sydney is built it will become the largest tunnels in Australasia. but otherwise this Tunnel looks great!

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WOW im suprised! and they say New zealands economy is weak well when i went over there just recently it seemed ok. Have to admit Aucklands Roads and Motorway network is alot better than Sydneys. I'd say within in a few years when the M2-F3 link tunnel in Sydney is built it will become the largest tunnels in Australasia. but otherwise this Tunnel looks great!
My fault, it should have read "widest" tunnels all fixed. I hope that you enjoyed your visit
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Splendid scenery!! How good does New Zealand look!

Never been to NZ, I should visit one day.
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Splendid scenery!! How good does New Zealand look!

Never been to NZ, I should visit one day.
Thanks, it should be a cheap trip for you and if you are in AKL let me know, I will show you around
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 11:57 PM   #358
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Beautiful photos!
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what a nice view!
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