Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan

In 2019, AT, the Waiheke Local Board and the wider Waiheke community worked together to create a 10-year plan for Waiheke's transport system. AT and the Waiheke Local Board updated the plan in 2022. It has now been approved by the AT Board.

About the Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan

The first of its kind in Auckland, the Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan is a living document that envisions Waiheke's ideal transport network for its people, character, environment and community. It's a plan for now and for the future.

Updating the Plan

The Plan is a living document and is updated every 18 months, with a full update every 3 years.

The key update to the Plan was a review of the prioritised list of projects. We updated this list to account for projects that have been completed or committed to since the original version of the Plan was released.

We reviewed the remaining projects and adjusted the scope of some of these projects to incorporate suggestions by the Waiheke community from the consultation in 2019.

Suggestions that could not be incorporated into an existing project have been recorded in a supplementary list for public consideration when the Plan is next taken to public consultation. This will take place every three years after release.

Completed projects:

  • Kennedy Point improvements and bus service
  • Cycle parking, car park upgrade, and new toilet facilities at Matiatia
  • Matiatia old wharf renewal
  • Footpath improvements on Putiki Road, Church Road, and Seaview Road
  • Roll out of the New Bus Network.

Planned or committed projects:

  • Investigating speed management across the island
  • Matiatia wharf renewal
  • Causeway shared path
  • Investigation of park and rides in Ostend and on Hamilton Road
  • Traffic calming on The Esplanade
  • New bus stop infrastructure in Oneroa Village and on Donald Bruce Road
  • Pedestrian crossings on Donald Bruce Road and Ocean View Road
  • Sealing a section of Taraire Street and Man o’ War Bay Road.

The project list is available in the appendices of the Plan.

A photograph of a pair of new, electric Waiheke Island buses parked on a road.

Funding the Plan

Projects in the Plan are funded through existing AT programmes and through the Waiheke Local Board. The Regional Land Transport Plan 2021 to 2031 also allocated $10 million towards the delivery of projects in the Waiheke Transport Plan, with funding becoming available in the later half of the decade.


As an outcome of Auckland Council's Governance Framework Review, AT and the Waiheke Local Board collaborated to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (PDF 258KB).

The development of the Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan was one of the key actions resulting from the MoU.

The plan:

  • sets out Waiheke's goals for its transport system, particularly 'on island', and take a strategic view of Waiheke's future, considering its economy and role.
  • provides a prioritised list of projects, plans, services and processes on Waiheke to be considered for funding from 2021 to 2031.
  • recognises Waiheke's unique character and the pressures the island is experiencing now and into the future – particularly due to tourism and population growth.
  • will evolve with Waiheke's changing transport needs.

Co-creating the plan

AT and the Waiheke Local Board collaborated to develop the Plan. This co-operation was vital in creating a common vision and purpose for the Plan.

The MoU has guided the development of the Plan and helped enhance the AT-Waiheke Local Board working relationship. It has clarified roles, outcomes and how we work together, and it gives the Local Board, as the elected representative of the Waiheke community, a greater voice in influencing AT's activities.

More information on the development of the Plan can be found on page 17 of the Waiheke 10 Year Transport plan document.

Public engagement

The draft Plan was consulted on with the Waiheke community between 25 July 2019 and 25 August 2019.

During the consultation period, the Waiheke community provided 450 individual pieces of feedback, representing a strong community voice.

Residents crossing on the zebra crossing in Oneroa, Waiheke

Key themes to emerge from the feedback were:

  • The Waiheke community is interested in road safety and reducing speeds.
  • They want more footpaths and cycleways, especially for school children.
  • They want to protect the environment, especially from stormwater run-off and costal erosion.
  • They want to ensure that Waiheke's character is reflected in the design of the network, including roads, the public transport network, footpaths and cycleways.

The Waiheke community's focus on safety reflects the Vision Zero principles that AT embraces. We are putting safety at the heart of our business, where our road network is safe for all users. No deaths or serious injuries on the transport network are acceptable.

Public feedback report

Download the public feedback report for the Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan (PDF 1.04MB) which summarises the feedback received.

Consultation outcomes

As a result of the community's feedback, several main changes were made to the Plan:

  • Changes to the scoring criteria to better reflect the values of the Waiheke community
  • Projects were grouped by type, such as road projects, public transport, amd active modes
  • Some items that were focussed more on ‘process’ became part of standard AT practices and were removed from the project list

More detail is available in the public feedback report.

Next steps

Now that the AT Board has approved the updated Plan, the Waiheke Local Board and AT will continue to:

  • collaborate and undertake joint planning
  • deliver planned and committed projects
  • progress funding and delivery of the 10-Year Transport Plan and its associated projects (2021-2031),
  • and monitor and update the Plan regularly as needs change. The next update to the Plan, including public consultation, is due in 2023, three years after the Plan was first released. 

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