Where are we now? Where are we heading?

Notice of Requirement documentation was lodged with Auckland Council in late 2022 to protect the land we need for future transport projects in the North West. The lodgement documents are available for you to read by going to Auckland Council's website

The Detailed Business Case for the North West recommends that some local roads should be progressed by Auckland Transport at a later stage, rather than through this Notice of Requirement (designation) process.

This means upgrades to Nixon Road, Riverhead Road, Station Road and Northside Drive will be considered as part of Auckland Transport’s regular Regional Land Transport Plan process.


The public hearing and appeals process

Public submissions closed on 24 April. A public hearing took place from 18 September-5 October 2023 where all submitters were able to be heard.

Auckland Council will make a recommendation as to whether or not the designation should be confirmed in the Auckland Unitary Plan (with or without modification to the conditions) or be withdrawn. The timeline for when Auckland Council make their recommendation is unknown. The requiring authorities (Auckland Transport or NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi) make the final decision 30 working days after receiving the recommendation.

There will be an opportunity for any submitter to appeal the requiring authorities decision. Appeals are lodged with the Environment Court.

North West Auckland Timeline

Click on the orange icons to track the progress of North West Auckland.


About North West Auckland

The North West is growing – over the next 30 years an extra 100,000 people are expected to live in the area, along with 40,000 new house and 20,000 new jobs. As Kumeū-Huapai, Riverhead, Redhills, Hobsonville and Whenuapai continue to develop and grow, they will need a well-designed, sustainable transport network.

Well-connected communities enjoy lots of transport options. We’re planning essential transport infrastructure for these growth areas now - public transport, walking and cycling networks and new and improved roads will give people lots of options to move around safely and easily via a sustainable transport network. The map to the right shows our Strategic Plan for the North West.

Extending public transport connections and offering safe, accessible and sustainable travel choices, to serve future communities and to take action on climate change, is at the heart of the North West’s long-term transport network.

The majority of the proposed projects are yet to be funded for delivery. It is anticipated they will be considered for funding in line with the long-term timeframes for the rezoning and release of land by Auckland Council over the next 10-30 years.

Planning for Growth

Areas of the North West, including Kumeū-Huapai, Riverhead, and Redhills North future urban zoned areas will likelynot commence structure planning until later in the decade, and are not expected to be development ready for a further 8-12 years as a minimum. Therefore, to inform the future transport network being planned by the Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth, Auckland Council has prepared a high level Spatial Land Use Strategy – North West.

The Strategy identifies locations for future centres and business land that the transport network will support and impact upon, however it is not a structure plan and is only intended as a high-level guide. Exact future land use and zoning will be confirmed through future structure planning and associated plan changes.

Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth has considered the Strategy and associated potential for land use change in its proposed network. View more information on the Spatial Land Use Strategy – North West

A well-designed transport network for North West Auckland

A well-designed, integrated transport network is being planned now to transform how people move around the North West in the future. It includes these strategic projects which are anticipated to be delivered in the next 10 to 30 years to support growth:

  • A future rapid transit corridor between Redhills North and Kumeū-Huapai to enable development of fast, frequent and high-capacity public transport.
  • A station located at Huapai will enable residents from the surrounding area to access a park and ride adjacent to the station.
  • A station located near the Kumeū town centre will provide access to the station by all types of transport – public transport, walk, bike, scoot, or drive
  • Provision for a cycling and walking corridor alongside the rapid transit corridor connecting Whenuapai and the northern part of Redhills to Kumeū-Huapai.
  • A future Alternative State Highway which will be a new route extending the existing North Western Motorway from Brigham Creek Road to State Highway 16 east of Waimauku, supporting the upgrade of the current state highway in Kumeū-Huapai town centre.
  • A future new interchange at SH16 Brigham Creek Road to improve access for all areas across the North West. It will create a central connection point for a wide range of transport options, including the Alternative State Highway, new public transport routes via the rapid transit corridor, and new walking and cycling networks, to flow through.
  • Future upgrades to local transport connections in Whenuapai, Redhills, Kumeū-Huapai and Riverhead.

A Detailed Business Case was approved by Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in December 2021 that endorsed the preferred North West network.