1 Jun 2023

Ōtaki since expressway: Easier to shop, but a bit too quiet for some

From Checkpoint, 5:44 pm on 1 June 2023

Known for its outlet stores and speciality shops, the lower North Island town of Ōtaki was also famous as a traffic bottleneck.

That was until the opening of a new expressway bypassing the town over the Christmas holidays.

So what's happened to the shops? Our reporter Jimmy Ellingham finds out.