Northern Busway

Aerial flyovers – 2022 onwards*

Work updates

Projects related to NCI

Concept design animation

*To watch aerial flyover videos of past years, view our Auckland Northern Corridor YouTube playlist(external link)

Northern Busway

What improvement has the Northern Busway made for travel on the North Shore?

We caught up with locals to find out what’s great about the busway and how its improved their travel around Auckland.

Extending Auckland’s Rapid Transit Network

The 5km extension of the Northern Busway from Constellation Station to Albany Station is a key development in Auckland’s rapid transit network.

Northern Busway opening

Join us in celebration of the opening of the Northern Busway and upgraded Constellation Station to find out more about the benefits of this important extension to Auckland’s rapid transit network.

Northern Busway whakawātea

Prior to the opening of the Northern Busway and upgraded Constellation Station, Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport joined mana whenua for a whakawātea to evoke spiritual guidance and protection for all those who will use the busway.

Aerial flyovers

April 2023

February 2023

December 2022

October 2022

August 2022

June 2022

April 2022

Comparison - May 2018 / February 2022

February 2022

To access aerial flyover videos in the past years, view our Auckland Northern Corridor YouTube playlist(external link)

Work updates

Driving through the SH1 to SH18 link and underpass

In mid-March 2023, the direct SH1 to SH18 link and underpass opened which completes the Western Ring Route and provides a seamless and robust alternative to SH1, improving the resilience of our city’s transport network. If you haven’t already driven it, here’s what this stretch of road looks like.

Final motorway gantry installed on site

17 new gantries have now been installed across the Northern Corridor Improvements project. Watch this timelapse captured of the largest and final one which spans 55 metres and crosses eight lanes of motorway. Requiring a full motorway closure with a 250T crane on site for installation, next year it’ll have directional signage added including information for drivers travelling southbound towards the city centre or westbound to State Highway 18 via the direct underpass connection which is due to open in mid-2023.

Last of the Super Tee beams installed – October 2021

This timelapse video captures the team installing the last of the 281 Super Tee beams on the project. Bridge beams create the span between the bridge abutments or piers and the ‘super’ part of their name comes from their strength as these beams are loaded with pre-stressed steel cables which along with reinforcement allow them to span further than normal beams. The ones on this project are on average 35 metres long and can weight up to 65 tonne.

Paul Matthews Road layout changes

This piece was filmed before the new eastbound off-ramp at Paul Matthews Road opened on Tuesday 27 April. Those driving east on SH18 will be travelling down a new road layout and the Waka Kotahi Owner Interface Manager, Simon Paton was on hand to explain the changes.

Working at night video 

This piece was filmed as part of a six-part NZ On Air documentary series for Stuff about working at night and features people from our team.

Read their story: Night Shift - Road Workers | Stuff(external link)

Projects related to NCI

Shared path adjacent to SH18 now open

Nearly 4km’s of shared path in the Unsworth Heights and Rosedale industrial area on Auckland’s North Shore are now open, helping make it safer for locals to get around on foot, scooter or by bike. We caught up with some of the people enjoying the path to hear what they had to say.

Opening ceremony for Tirohanga Whānui, Albany’s new iconic connection

The newest walking and cycling bridge on the North Shore opened in February, giving communities an iconic new connection over SH1 and directly into Albany. Mana whenua lead the opening ceremony with a dawn blessing followed by the ribbon cutting and a group of local kids from nearby Pinehill Primary School making the first multi-modal journey across the bridge.

Install of Tirohanga Whānui, Albany’s new walking and cycling bridge

Join us behind the scenes of the installation of Tirohanga Whānui to find out more about this striking red bridge and what the pipe underneath is for.

North Harbour BMX

The new North Harbour BMX facility at Hooton Reserve is now complete. The new complex boasts New Zealand's first international standard BMX track with an eight metre ramp and berm jump and an amateur track featuring a five metre ramp. An all-weather surface, flood lighting and a new PA system have also been installed to provide riders with more time to safely enjoy the facilities. The new facility is a real asset to the community and will benefit local youth as it sits next to a popular skate park and basketball court near the QBE Stadium.

Watch the opening of the North Harbour BMX facility that took place on Tuesday 6 November:

Watch an artist's impression of the proposed new North Harbour BMX facility, Hooton Reserve:

Wainoni Park Pony Club

The new Wainoni Park Pony Club facility is now complete. The facility provides riders with a modern and safe space to enjoy and includes two all-weather arenas, new clubrooms, toilet blocks, additional off-street parking to accommodate horse floats, and grooming pens. The project included installing solar power as well as planting 140 native trees to enhance the natural environment and protect the local waterways.

Watch the opening of the Wainoni Park Pony Cub that took place on Tuesday 30 April:

Watch an artist's impression of the new pony club centre at Wainoni Park:

North Harbour Hockey

The exciting development will include four hockey turfs which meet Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH) Global Elite / FIH National level standards, a two-storey pavilion, seating for at least 450 spectators, 370 carparks, and become the competition and training base for all North Harbour Hockey’s clubs, schools and regional programmes. Additionally it will become the training base for the Vantage Black Sticks and home of Hockey New Zealand’s high performance programme placing a local, regional and international spotlight firmly on North Harbour.

Watch a video showing an artist's impression of the proposed new Harbour Hockey facility:

Watch a video of the dawn blessing mana whenua lead for the new Harbour Hockey facility:

New Zealand’s leading international hockey facility has officially opened giving the fast-growing sport a major boost. The new facility in Rosedale has been built for North Harbour Hockey and was completed at the end of 2019. The centre is the training base for the Vantage Black Sticks team on Auckland’s North Shore.

Watch a video of the national hockey centre opening:

Concept design animation