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Project introduction

The North West growth areas are expected to supply new neighbourhoods with nearly 30,000 houses over the next thirty years, and employment areas with more than 13,000 new jobs. The decision version of the Unitary Plan provides for greater capacity should this be required.

  • Project type

    Study & Investigation

Project updates

Supporting Growth – North West
North West preferred network map
Project maps, (PDF)


The majority of this growth will be based in future land areas in Whenuapai and Red Hills (near Westgate). Housing development is already underway in Kumeu and Huapai, and these communities are already actively working with Auckland Council to help develop a new centre plan, developing a community-led vision for how the area should grow and what kinds of amenities will be needed to make it a great place to live. Working with the Whenuapai community, Auckland Council has also released the Whenuapai Structure Plan setting out a plan for development of the area.

Transport aspirations

Through our project engagement we confirmed community aspirations for the North West in relation to transportation are to: 

  • Increase transport choice
  • Separate shorter distance trips from longer distance trips
  • Provide efficient freight connections to employment areas
  • Improve the resilience of the network
  • Improve access to education, employment and recreation opportunities in the area.

The development of the preferred network for the North West will help meet these aspirations.

North West Auckland preferred network

The preferred network for the North West

With an extra 75,000 people living in the north west area, significant new transport infrastructure will be needed. The preferred transport network has been developed following technical workshops and public feedback. The aim is to make the future communities well connected and great places to live.

New or improved public transport corridor

At the heart of the north west network is a well connected Rapid Transit Network. It will provide links between Kumeu and the main employment centres in the city and Albany. New park and ride facilities will provide greater access and connect into local services, including higher frequency ferry services to and from the city, Hobsonville and West Harbour.

Safety improvements

Another key focus is improving the safety and efficiency of State Highway 16 north of Westgate. Safety improvements underway and planned between Brigham Creek Road and Waimauku will help reduce serious crashes and improve efficiency, ahead of other major infrastructure build projects being progressed in the longer term.

New or improved road corridor

In the Kumeu area new and upgraded roads will better connect growth areas. This includes improvements to connections between housing north and south of the main highway as well as between Coatesville, Riverhead and the North Shore. A new route is proposed to the south of Kumeu and Huapai. It will reduce pressure on the existing SH16, providing an alternative through route and keep the current Kumeu and Huapai town centres as safe, local community-focused environments.

A direct motorway to motorway connection between State Highway 16 and State Highway 18 will provide a more efficient connection between Kumeu/Huapai and the North Shore. New motorway ramps will also be investigated at Squadron Drive and Northside Drive.

In the Whenuapai and Red Hills areas, new roads and improvements to existing roads, such as Brigham Creek Road and the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, will develop a strong local road network with safe and efficient connections between communities and to the strategic motorway network.

Cycling and walking

The cycling and walking network will be expanded to connect local centres and link to public transport hubs improving travel choice and accessibility.