Project Introduction

The Connecting Mount Maunganui project works towards solutions to improve safety and access to, from and through Mount Maunganui and to create better links for more people to go by bus, bike and walk.

  • Estimated project dates

    Jun 2022–Jul 2024
  • Estimated project cost

    $2 million
  • Project type

    Study and investigation
  • Project status


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What we’ve heard

We are at the early stages of understanding people’s views for this project. We have analysed previous feedback on transport heard through surveys and research to give us a baseline to understand people’s thoughts, and will be building on this over time. Overall, feedback has been positive and people agree that there is need to improve transport in the area. There is broad support for improving road safety and reliability, as well as improving public transport and facilities for people walking and cycling.

Find out more about what we’ve heard

As part of Tauranga City Council’s Mount to Arataki Spatial Plan engagement, we asked people to share your views and contribute to better transport and making it easier to get around. 

The survey has closed and we’re in the process of analysing the feedback received. The insights from the feedback analysed and our ongoing engagement will help develop a solution that addresses the challenges in the project area, delivers greater travel choice and reliability for people and goods moving through and within the Mount Maunganui area.

Your feedback is instrumental as we move forward in shaping the transport plans for the Mount Maunganui area, which we will share with you later in the year.


About the project

The regional transport partners are striving to build a modern transport system with a mix of reliable transport options to move people and products safely, and which encourages people to leave the car at home because there are better public transport, cycling and walking options available.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, mana whenua, Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council are working together towards solutions to boost public transport use, improve safety and travel time reliability and improve environmental outcomes for the Mount Maunganui transport system including State Highway 2 / Hewletts Road, Totara Street and Maunganui Road.

Our focus is on safety and improving access to and from Mount Maunganui and the Port, and creating better links for more people to go by bus, bike and walk.

This will help make it safer to move through and around this part of town, connect communities, provide travel choice and enable people and goods to safely get to where they need to go.

We are in the Indicative Business Case stage for the project, investigating options and making assessments with specific considerations like feasibility, affordability, complexity and fit for purpose.

sketch map of Mt Maunganui

Mount Maunganui study map

Project benefits

The direction and solutions identified aim to:

  • improve reliability and the number of people and goods moving through the area
  • improve road safety for everyone
  • increase public transport and active travel use for journeys in the area, and between the two sides of the harbour
  • provide accessibility between Mount Maunganui, the eastern side of the harbour and Tauranga
  • maintain freight and commercial vehicle accessibility, particularly during off-peak periods
  • reduce transport related emissions and environmental effects.

Project timeline

2023/2024 – Indicative Business Case (IBC). The IBC reports will identify the preferred option for the Mount Maunganui transport system.

2024 – Detailed Business Case (DBC). The DBC refines the preferred option.

2024 – After the DBC is approved, we carry out detailed design and begin to seek resource consent approvals. Once the DBC is completed, we will have a better idea of a programme to design and implement the recommended options. It is likely this will take place over several years (5–10 years).

Related project

A separate project is proposing to widen the existing footpath on the northern side of SH2/Hewletts Road between Totara Street and Aerodrome Road to make it safer for people who are walking and cycling.







Our partners on this project