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Supporting growth in the north west Supporting growth in the north west

Kumeu, Huapai, Whenuapai and Redhills

The north west growth areas are expected to supply new neighbourhoods with nearly 30,000 houses over the next 30 years, and employment areas with more than 13,000 new jobs. The decision version of the Unitary Plan provides for greater capacity should this be required.

The majority of this growth will be based in future land areas in Whenuapai and Red Hills (near Westgate). Housing development is already underway in Kumeu and Huapai, and these communities are already actively working with Auckland Council to help develop a new centre plan, developing a community-led vision for how the area should grow and what kinds of amenities will be needed to make it a great place to live. Working with the Whenuapai community, Auckland Council has also released the Whenuapai Structure Plan setting out a plan for development of the area.

With an extra 75,000 people living in the north west area, significant new transport infrastructure will be needed. The preferred transport network has been developed following technical workshops and public feedback. The aim is to make the future communities well connected and great places to live.

Public transport

At the heart of the north west network is a well connected Rapid Transit Network. It will provide links between Kumeu and the main employment centres in the city and Albany. New park and ride facilities will provide greater access and connect to local services, including higher frequency ferry services to and from the city, Hobsonville and West Harbour.


Another key focus is improving the safety and efficiency of State Highway 16, north of Westgate. Safety improvements underway and planned between Brigham Creek Road and Waimauku will help reduce serious crashes and improve efficiency, ahead of other infrastructure build projects being progressed in the longer term.


In the Kumeu area, new and upgraded roads will better connect growth areas. This includes improvements to connections between housing north and south of the main highway as well as between Coatesville, Riverhead and the North Shore. A new route is proposed to the south of Kumeu and Huapai. It will reduce pressure on the existing SH16, providing an alternative through route and keep the current Kumeu and Huapai town centres as safe, local community-focused environments.

A direct motorway to motorway connection between State Highway 16 and State Highway 18 will provide a more efficient connection between Kumeu/Huapai and the North Shore. New motorway ramps will also be investigated at Squadron Drive and Northside Drive.

In the Whenuapai and Red Hills areas, new roads and improvements to existing roads, such as Brigham Creek Road and the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, will develop a strong local road network with safe and efficient connections between communities and to the strategic motorway network.

Cycling and walking

The cycling and walking network will be expanded to connect local centres and link to public transport hubs improving travel choice and accessibility.

Transport aspirations

Through our project engagement we confirmed community aspirations for the north west in relation to transportation are to:

  • Increase transport choice.
  • Separate shorter distance trips from longer distance trips.
  • Provide efficient freight connections to employment areas.
  • Improve the resilience of the network.
  • Improve access to education, employment and recreation opportunities in the area.

The development of the preferred network for the north west will help meet these aspirations.

Map of the preferred transport network for the north west

Supporting growth network Northwest


  1. Rapid transit network route connecting Huapai and Kumeu to Westgate.
  2. Rapid Transport Network connecting Westgate to Albany.
  3. Alternative corridor, parallel to State Highway 16.
  4. A more direct connection from State Highway 16 to State Highway 18.
  5. Improved connections to Kumeu.
  6. Improved east-west connections.
  7. Improved connections to Coatesville, Riverhead and the North Shore.
  8. New Redhills north-south connection.
  9. New and improved connection through Whenuapai.
  10. Improved connection to ferry services.
  11. Squadron Drive interchange improvements.
  12. Safety improvements on State Highway 16.
  13. Higher frequency on Hobsonville and West Harbour ferries.
  14. Implement cycle network.