Dawn is barely breaking across Tauranga, but already thousands of red brake lights line the city's arterial routes.

Workers, up early to beat others, slowly roll their way into the CBD.

The illuminated chains of early morning congestion are a typical scene found on Tauranga's main highways any weekday morning.

At this time of year, peak hours from 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm mean many families and individuals hit the road before the sun rises and come home well after the sun has set.


But just how much worse will the city's traffic become before it gets better?

Investing in a transport mindshift


Responding to Tauranga's rapid rise

Counting cars with the Mayor

Managing business amidst traffic woes

Concerns Tauranga is coming undone

Wellington's response

The wait continues