Monday 4 April 2022

Flying Over the New Puhoi to Warkworth Motorway 4-4-2022

After what has been a lovely spell of weather for flying in the North, today's weather was also fine with light winds, so I headed out to Kaipara Flats airfield with a flight plan in mind.  I thought I would fly along the new Puhoi to Warkworth motorway to check on progress, keeping above the airspace where they might be flying drones.  I flew heading South from the Warkworth end and then flew back up the Mahurangi coast.  (You can click these photos once or twice to enlarge them and see more detail).

The Warkworth end of the new motorway with what will become the old SH 1 heading into Warkworth.  At the top left is the Matakana Link Road being constructed by Auckland Council.

South of Warkworth there are some steep cuttings!

Moir's Hill marks the highest point of the new motorway.  You can see SH 1 at the top left.

And then it heads downhill towards Schedeways Corner.

Here we have the curved Puhoi Viaduct in the middle distance, with the South on and North off ramps.

And the also curved Okahu Viaduct which will be connected to the existing Johnstone's Hill tunnels, with the Puhoi River flowing down to Wenderholm on the left.

Turning for home at the coast,

with Waiwera up in ahead...

and looking back to Hatfield's Beach and Orewa.

The sea was like a millpond with cloud reflections below the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

What an interesting flight!

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