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Northwest transformation

The Northwest Transformation is the largest urbanisation project in New Zealand at present. The transformation will ensure regional economic growth, along with social, recreational, environmental and transport benefits.

Project overview

The Northwest Transformation (previously known as the Northern Strategic Growth Area) includes the development of:

Artist impression of Westgate centre

The Northwest Transformation is a collaboration between Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and other development partners. 

Features and benefits of stage one of the transformation include 435 hectares for development, 20,000 new jobs, 5,500 new homes, a new town centre, new roads, schools, community facilities and open spaces, and better transport links.

Auckland Council will invest $325 million in the first stage of developments. Auckland Transport has budgeted $110 million between 2012 and 2022 to provide transport infrastructure improvements to support future business and residential growth. The north-west transport network upgrade aims to deliver:

  • improved safety for all users;
  • improved access along and across the roading network;
  • support for new development and growth along the existing road corridors;
  • provision of bus priority measures appropriate for a Quality Transit Network route (fast and reliable trip times for a high level of bus services);
  • dedicated cycle facilities;
  • improved road amenity;
  • increased capacity at intersections for vehicle movements to and from the new motorway network;
  • a new ferry terminal and park and ride facilities at Hobsonville Point.


At Westgate, Auckland Council and New Zealand Retail Property Group (NZRPG) are building a regional town centre that will be a hub for retail and commercial activity in the north-west. Together with Auckland Transport, the partners are creating new infrastructure and a civic heart, including a new town square, modern library and new connecting roads, on 156 hectares.

Regional centre

A hundred hectares is dedicated to a major mixed-use town centre, larger than Albany. In addition to the new library and town square, developments cater for office, education, administration, leisure, recreation, retail and residential developments. The regional centre will cater for about 5,770 jobs and 7,000 residents.

The remaining 56 hectares will be developed for a range of business uses, estimated to provide about 3,000 new jobs.

Transport and infrastructure

Auckland Transport is providing a number of new roads to support the development of the new Westgate town centre, including an east-west link (Northside Drive), which will reduce congestion on Fred Taylor Drive and Hobsonville Road.

Auckland Transport is also providing a new bus interchange in the heart of the new town centre.

Construction of new road in the south-western corner of the Westgate development area began in April 2013.

The roading network around Westgate is a joint activity. Roads marked in the map in yellow will be constructed or upgraded by Auckland Transport. Roads marked in blue will be provided by the developer.

Northside Drive

Northside Drive is a new road that provides a direct east-west link between Fred Taylor Drive (formerly SH16) and the North Shore via SH18. It will cater for future growth of the northern section of the new Westgate town centre and reduce congestion.

The road will consist of cycle lanes, low impact drainage devices, two lane carriageways and a new signalised intersection at Trig Road. The characteristics of Northside Drive attempt to reflect the semi-rural nature of the area while retaining the 80kph speed limit required for it to function effectively. 

Northside Drive West
  • A two-lane road with flush median and rain gardens.
  • Road construction due for completion mid-2013.

Artist impression of Northside Drive 03-2013

Northside Drive East
  • A two-lane road extending from Northside Drive West across SH16 to Trig Rd
  • Expected completion 2016

Artist impression of Northside Drive 03-2013

Westgate Town Square

Traffic will give way to pedestrians in this civic space, which will operate as a slow-speed shared space zone. The area will also include an extensive, high-quality network of parks, walkways and stormwater ponds and will include a playground, regional skateboard park, walking and cycle paths and a bus interchange.

The town square is a large, pedestrian-friendly civic space of 4,500 square metres, featuring raised and sunken lawns, an artist-designed canopy to provide shade and shelter, a variety of seating and trees and outdoor dining areas.

Construction is due to start in mid-2014 and open in late 2014. 

New library

Westgate library

A large regional three-level facility of about 3,500 square metres, the $14 million library will include a state-of-the-art children’s ‘destination’ library, community meeting rooms and spaces, a Citizens’ Advice Bureau and a café.

It will be built using environmentally-sustainable design principles and will be the first building of its type in the country designed to attain a “5 Star Green Star Certification” using the New Zealand Green Building Council’s Customs Tool Framework system. It will feature a green roof as well as a large living wall of plants.

Construction is expected to start in late 2013 and open mid-2014.

Hobsonville Road

Development of 80 hectares adjacent to the old Hobsonville commercial area is planned, primarily as employment land (67 ha) with a small village town centre (13 ha). This should create an estimated 4,000 jobs. An upgrade of the Hobsonville Road corridor by Auckland Transport will support these new developments.

Village centre

The small existing village will be expanded to the other side of the road. The new 13 hectare development will include a 4,000m2 supermarket, a small number of retail shops, residential apartments, offices and other business users to support the large-scale residential development in Hobsonville Point.

There are plans for a supermarket development and there will be new retail development on the Hobsonville Road frontage. The artist's impressions below give an idea of what the area will look like.

Artist impression of Hobsonville Road Shops

Artist impression of Hobsonville Road Shops


67 hectares of land will be developed for high-intensity employment along the Hobsonville Road corridor to support the introduction of a quality transit network and a variety of business park-type activities.

An employment park will be developed between Brigham Creek Rd and Westpark Drive on Hobsonville Rd with an emphasis on quality buildings and open space environments.

Fulton Hogan and Brigham Creek Business Park are the two landowners that the council is working alongside to enable this development to be advanced. 

Hobsonville Road corridor upgrade

Auckland Transport plans to undertake a multi-million dollar upgrade of the Hobsonville Road corridor to support these new developments.

The upgrade is designed to accommodate a quality transit network of buses and includes upgraded intersections, wider footpaths and cycleways. Brigham Creek Road will also be widened. 


2013: Notice of Requirement for Hobsonville Road to be lodged.

2017 - 2020: Construction on the Hobsonville Road Upgrade and Brigham Creek widening begins.

Hobsonville Point

A total of 167 hectares of land is being redeveloped on the former Hobsonville RNZAF military airbase.

Hobsonville Point map


The majority of the site is proposed for 3,000 residential dwellings, along with new parks, two schools and a small area of shops and offices. 

The redevelopment is being advanced by Hobsonville Land Company (HLC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Housing New Zealand Corporation. 

Marine industry precinct

Twenty hectares owned by Auckland Council to provide a world-class environment for boat building/maintenance and marine industry businesses. The development is being led by Auckland Council Properties Limited (ACPL). Expected to support up to 2,000 jobs at build-out.

The Landing

Part of the two hectares of harbour-front land owned by the Crown and managed by HLC to be developed for boat launching and retrieval activities related to the marine precinct and for a public ferry terminal. For a comprehensive redevelopment of the area, a joint approach involving all existing and potential users is required.

Ferry terminal

A new public ferry terminal has been opened at The Landing, supported by a park-and-ride carpark and a bus service. A ferry service has started between Hobsonville, Beach Haven (another new ferry wharf) and downtown Auckland. 

The new terminal cost Auckland Transport $3.5 million, along with a $300,000 contribution for enhancements from the Hobsonville Land Company and a $300,000 contribution from the Hobsonville Land Company toward ongoing maintenance.  

The ferry service

The ferry service has started and connects Hobsonville Point with Beach Haven and the Downtown Ferry Terminal using the vessel Discovery II, an 80-seat catamaran ferry.

The service is operated by 360 Discovery Ltd and runs on weekdays. Two morning and three afternoon services will operate each week day. Morning services will operate from Beach Haven from 6.50am and will end in Hobsonville at 6.45pm.

The service from Hobsonville Point to Downtown takes 30 minutes.

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