The newest walking and cycling bridge on the North Shore opened at the end of February giving communities an iconic new connection over the Northern Motorway 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 over SH1.
The Northern Corridor Improvements project team installed the large, striking red bridge spans over the Northern Motorway back in October. Go behind the scenes to find out when it will open, why it is red and what the pipe underneath is for.
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 8 metre ramp and berm jump and an amateur track featuring a 5 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:
With two all-weather arenas, new clubrooms, toilet blocks, more off-street parking to accommodate for horse floats, grooming pens among some of the upgrades, riders will be provided with a modern and safe space to enjoy. The design also includes installing solar power as well as planting 140 native trees to enhance the natural environment and protect the local waterways.
Watch an artist's impression of the proposed new pony club centre at Wainoni Park.
The exciting development will include four hockey turfs meet 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 at Rosedale Park.
Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI) – Shared Use Path won the Taking Communities on the Journey Award in the 2017 Bike to the Future Awards, delivered by the NZ Transport Agency and CAN which recognise and celebrate the people, projects and workplaces who have put their innovation and energy into making cycling a safer, more accessible mode of transport.