The new Transmission Gully motorway has opened in Wellington.
The official opening ceremony for motorway took place on Wednesday, with the road opening to the public some time on Thursday.
A pōwhiri welcomed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, National Party deputy leader Nicola Willis, and MPs and mayors from across the region to the ceremony.
The Transmission Gully Motorway is a 27-kilometre-long, four-lane motorway.
Construction began on 8 September 2014 and completion was originally scheduled for April 2020, but contractual negotiations as well as difficulties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic caused delays.
The new road cost $1.25 billion.
Porirua mayor Anita Baker is one the attendees and said Transmission Gully was “huge” for the region.
The new road means that people could travel to and from Porirua very quickly, and it would bring in more business.
The $1.25 billion project has been riddled with delays and was originally due to open in April 2020.