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Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.

Road Name and Number

This section has been revised due to the implementation of road shields for New Zealand

To get a road shield displayed in the client the form of the shield and the number (numeric or alphanumeric) that it should field have to be coded in the street name in a predefined pattern. The various patterns are described with proper examples in the section Please use the patterns exactly as stated there, otherwise the display in the client will not work properly.

Road types

The following convention is the recommended way to label road types in New Zealand.


Waze Road Type Description Road Shield Examples
Freeway (Motorway) Freeway, motorway, and expressway. There must be no intersections and there must be no access or exits except from ramps. List of motorways and expressways in New Zealand. SH1 SH1.jpg
  • Road Type: Freeway
  • City: N/A (Tick "None" Checkbox)
  • Lock: Level 4
  • Name: <SHx> - <Name>
Code WME Entry Client Display
<SHx> - <Name> SH1 - Auckland Waiwera Motorway SH1 SH1.jpg Auckland Waiwera Motorway

Major Highway

Waze Road Type Description Road Shield Examples
Major Highway Are roads named from SH1 to SH8b SH5 SH5.jpg
  • Road Type: Major
  • City: N/A (Tick "None" Checkbox)
  • Lock: Level 3
  • Name: <SHxx> - <Name>

Code WME Entry Client Display
<SHxx> - <Name> SH5 - Thermal Explorer Highway SH5 SH5.jpg Thermal Explorer Highway

Minor Highway

Waze Road Type Description Road Shield Examples
Minor Highway Are roads named from SH10 to SH99 SH35 SH35.jpg
  • Road Type: Minor
  • City: N/A (Tick "None" Checkbox)
  • Lock: Level 3
  • Name: <SHxx>" - "<Name> i.e. "SH35 - State Hwy“ will be displayed as
SH35 SH35.jpg State Hwy

Primary Street

Waze Road Type Description Road Shield Examples
Primary Street Main Roads, Regional Roads, Tourist Drives, Scenic Drives, etc that are not classified as highways. They connect suburbs and towns.
  • Road Type: Primary
  • City: City Name
  • Name: Millwater Parkway
  • Lock: Level 1


Waze Road Type Description Road Shield Examples
Street Urban streets and rural roads not identified above. Use also when in doubt of proper street type.
  • Road Type: Street
  • City: City Name
  • Name: Streetname according to postal adress
  • Lock: Level 1

Locking Roads

A special note on locking:

The above State Highways are vital for routing calculation in Waze, therefore they need to be locked to prevent especially new editors from unintentionally damaging these traffic arteries. But keep in mind that a locking also blocks lower level editors from adding streets. So only apply a locks on segments(roads) if all roads adjoining are added.


If creating a new road in an area not yet mapped area, you also may choose to add just one short segment of an adjoining road (handle) to create the junction and allow a lower level editor to connect the surrounding streets later without being blocked by the locked highway.

Dual Carriageways

The following convention should be followed where possible, although it is acknowledged that you may need to deviate from it in some circumstances.

A road can be split into be 2 one-way roads if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The central reservation is > 10m
  2. There's a visible gap between average of all GPS traces
  3. It is split by physical barrier (Concrete, Armco, pedestrian barrier etc)

Pedestrian refuges and painted road separation (cross hatching that can be driven over) should not normally be split.

Motorway Carriageway Naming Convention

Whenever possible, on split roads, name carriageways with the direction of travel. Insert the direction of travel at the end of the road name:

1. M3 - Eastern Fwy (Inbound)
2. A4 - (W)
3. M25 - (ACW)

This makes traffic and incident reports much more useful and helps with navigation.

Exit and Entrance ramps (on/off ramps)

Exit Signage along M1 - West Gate Fwy (E)
Exit signage along M1 - Monash Fwy (SE)

For the best balance between information and screen real estate, the following conventions are used. All ramps will be set as the 'ramp' type in the Waze Map Editor and be locked at the same level as the freeway which joins to them. The name of the road, route number (if applicable) and compass direction (for entrance ramps) should all be added for clear guidance to be given when using the Waze app.

Exit ramps:

  • If the exit sign shows a number as well as a street or highway name, the exit ramp should be named "Exit 15: SR16 - Police Rd".
    • A colon has been added because it adds a pause, which makes the Text-to-Speech directions easier to understand.
  • If the exit is not numbered, "Exit to: C722 - Donnybrook Rd" will do.
  • If a single exit serves multiple roads, use a slash with leading and trailing spaces: "Exit 32: Terminator Blvd / Total Recall Rd".
  • If an exit number contains one or more letters, include it exactly as displayed on the sign: "Exit W2: NRALT1 - Kings Way".
  • Include everything that is present on the last sign prior to the exit. Do not combine all possible pre-ramp signage into the single ramp segment name.
  • If the exit off the main interstate or highway serves multiple exits further down the road, it may be advisable not to name the first exit ramp, to name only the ramps which are the first one to a distinct destination. The Waze client will give all the proper exit and keep left or right instructions to guide the driver to the correct exit, even if the first one is not named. That said, this should only be done if the signage for the first ramp is the same as that on the subsequent, named ramp.

Entrance ramps:

For entrance ramps, use this format. For example:

  • "Entry to: M1 - Monash Fwy (NW)"
  • "Entry to: M39 - Goulburn Valley Fwy (N)"


To aid navigation instructions, roundabouts should typically remain without a street name

  • City: enter either suburb/city
  • Street: Tick "None"

- where the client comes across a segment with no name it will use the next named segment as the next named instruction whilst retaining any turn signals.

If the roundabout does have a proper, signposted name, then this can be labelled using a 'Junction/Intersection' type landmark that fills the centre of the roundabout.

Freeway Service Centres

Freeway Service Centres should be mapped according to the following convention:

  • Use "Parking Lot Road" for all roads inside the Freeway Service Centres.
    This is necessary to avoid the creation of traffic reports.
  • You may use "Private Road" for limited access roads (with no public right of way). Ensure that they are set to unknown connectivity, turn restrictions are set so that no-one can turn into the road and the segment(s) and connecting segments are locked to enforce the turn restrictions.
  • Do not add a City or Street name to any road with the exception of the ramps.
  • Set landmarks for the major buildings on site (i.e. Services Building, Fuel and Hotels etc).

For more information on how junction locking works in Waze see the forum thread: Modifying the lock option (and some explanations)

Bypass or By-pass?