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Old March 8th, 2017, 12:29 PM   #541
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Invercargill, including Tay St twilight photo, Queens Drive near Thompsons Bush and St Mary’s Basilica on Tyne St. Invercargill, quite windswept, is the southernmost major town in the South Pacific.







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Old March 8th, 2017, 12:37 PM   #542
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From Invercargill, one can drive about twenty minutes further south to Bluff, a small industrial town with port facilities. From the Stirling Point lookout you can see Stewart Island. After that, you can drive further south only in South America.



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Old March 9th, 2017, 12:16 PM   #543
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This intersection in Bluff is pretty much the end, or the start, of State Highway 1 in New Zealand.



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Dunedin – including Stuart Street looking towards the railway station, the Knox Church on the corner of the George St/Frederick St/London St/Pitt St five ways intersection, Baldwin Street (x2), Crawford St/Queens Gardens, Portobello Road (x2)



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Old March 13th, 2017, 09:52 AM   #548
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Photos never seem to do Baldwin Street justice, do they? It's an entirely different feeling looking down from the top.

The guy about halfway up with the flat roof on his house must have one of the most photographed buildings on the South Island, with half of the photos showing the road flat and his roof at a 30 degree angle.
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Old March 15th, 2017, 05:49 PM   #549
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nice ocean view roads.....
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Old March 24th, 2017, 05:04 PM   #550
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The Waterview Connection in Auckland is delayed:
More time required to complete testing and commissioning at Waterview Connection

Testing and commissioning of the complex systems that will ensure the safe operation of the Waterview Tunnel are continuing and will not be completed in time for an April opening, the NZ Transport Agency has announced.

The Transport Agency and Well-Connected Alliance are working towards opening the tunnel within the next two to three months, with precise timeframes dependent on the testing and commissioning work currently underway.

For the tunnel to operate efficiently and safely each piece of equipment needs to be thoroughly tested to ensure that it works both individually and as part of a wider system, as well as in conjunction with the rest of the transport operating network.
Full press release: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-relea...ew-connection/
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Waterview tunnel now open to traffic
12:08 July 2, 2017
The countrys most ambitious roading project, the Waterview Connection, which connects Aucklands Northwestern and Southwestern motorways, opened to traffic early this morning.
Waterview tunnel now open to traffic

The country’s most ambitious roading project, the Waterview Connection, which connects Auckland’s Northwestern and Southwestern motorways, opened to traffic early this morning.
http://business.scoop.co.nz/2017/07/...en-to-traffic/

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I find it interesting that in the 'New World' they often do not allow lane changes in tunnels whereas it is very common to change lanes in European tunnels.
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That certainly seems to be the case in NZ.
Australia doesn't seem to have any problem with lane changing though, although in Melbourne the lanes are marked in such a way to discourage lane changing.
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Auckland's Waterview Tunnel slicing commute times
Travel times for drivers heading to Auckland Airport appear to have been cut by around 20 minutes with the opening of the new Waterview Tunnel.

The tunnel opened on Sunday and on Tuesday the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) released figures showing some drastic travel time cuts.

The NZTA data showed there was a 20-minute time saving for those using the Waterview Tunnel to travel from the CBD to the airport at 8am on Monday compared with using Manukau Rd and Gillies Ave, on the previous Monday morning.

The 42-minute CBD/airport average travel time dropped to 22 minutes.
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It's a waiting game to see if key Auckland arterial routes like congested Dominion Rd will be relieved by Waterview Connection.
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Nice video of the new Waterview Tunnel:

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I find it interesting that in the 'New World' they often do not allow lane changes in tunnels whereas it is very common to change lanes in European tunnels.
Considering the number of multi lane tunnels in New Zealand this is understandable, drivers aren't used to them and it's a good behavior to encourage. I dislike being passed in tunnels, it's completely unnecessary.
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European countries allow 80-130 km/h in motorway tunnels, so passenger cars generally pass slower trucks, including in tunnels. It's not seen as a safety issue, but the contrast with the U.S. is remarkable.
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European countries allow 80-130 km/h in motorway tunnels, so passenger cars generally pass slower trucks, including in tunnels. It's not seen as a safety issue, but the contrast with the U.S. is remarkable.

You’re forgetting that the averageKiwi is an appallingly bad driver compared to the average Western European, driver training in NZ is poor to say the least, thesafer we make it the better in my opinion.
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Two American examples of an allowance of lane changing in tunnels is I-49 in northwestern Arkansas, and the newly revamped Mitchell Interchange in Milwaukee, WI; the I-894 EB ramp to I-94 WB(NB) 2 lane ramp. Sorry, nothing to do with NZ...I miss NZ, fantastic exotic nation!
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Progress on Christchurch's SH1 Western Corridor project.

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