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Tamaki Dr and Ngapipi Rd intersection

Auckland Transport (AT) is upgrading the intersection of Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Road, Orakei, to improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.

Project status: Pre-construction
Project zone: Central

Project overview

  • One of the top intersection-safety-improvement projects for Auckland.
  • Tamaki-Ngapipi is ranked number 10 on the national top-100 list of crash-risk intersections.
  • 21 crashes have been recorded at the intersection in the past 5 years, with 13 resulting in injury.
  • Analysis of the causes of these crashes indicates that redesigning the intersection to better regulate vehicle movement will improve safety and amenity for all users.


  • Improved management of traffic flows and delays.
  • Reduced vehicle/cyclist conflict.
  • Improved access and safety.


  • 2011 - Design development process began (to ensure the scheme mitigates potential adverse effects on the environment).
  • Late 2013 - Design options considered. Traffic lights identified as preferred option. Consultation with local residents and wider community on proposed installation of traffic lights.
  • 2014/15 - Further refinement of design to ensure 5 mature pōhutukawa trees on Ngapipi Rd are retained. Extensive process of independent safety audits and input from technical experts to ensure proposed design will be safe for all road users. Consultation concluded. Concept design developed.
  • Mid 2016 - Application to Auckland Council for resource consent. The application was notified, and the public were invited to make submissions between 18 August and 23 September 2016.
  • Early 2017 – Resource consent granted. 
  • Mid 2017 - Begin construction (scheduled).
  • Mid 2018 - Upgrade complete.

Project details

AT recognises the aspirations of the Orākei Local Board and the vision for Tamaki Drive outlined in the Tamaki Drive Masterplan. We recognise that Tamaki Drive is both an access way to and from the city and one of the most popular scenic and recreational routes in the Auckland region. Tamaki Drive is also a place of significant cultural importance for Māori.

Our upgrade design aims to encourage this shared use, by reducing conflict points and maintaining efficient movement through the intersection.

We consulted with the Auckland community and local residents on the proposal to install traffic lights in late 2013.

In August 2016, AT applied to Auckland Council for resource consent for the intersection upgrade. The consent application was notified, and the public could make submissions from 18 August until 23 September 2016.

In January 2017, resource consent was granted for the work. 

Find out more about the Tamaki Drive Masterplan on the Auckland Council website.

Design features

  • Traffic lights and push-button pedestrian crossings.
  • Shared path upgrade.
  • Cycle lanes and advance cycle boxes.
  • Additional left-turn lane on Ngapipi Road.
  • Additional lane on the westbound approach to the intersection.
  • Seawall extension to create space for improvements.
  • Preservation of existing pōhutukawa trees on Ngapipi Road.

Concept design images

Artist's impression of the intersection looking east

Tamaki-Ngapipi intersection artists impression

Artist's impression of the intersection looking west

Tamaki Drive artists impression

Overall plan

Tamaki-Ngapipi intersection overall plan 12-16


The project will be done in stages to minimise disruption to road users and residents.

Phase 1

We expect to begin construction of  phase 1 in mid 2017 and is scheduled to take 10 months to complete (weather permitting).

The first task will be to widen the seawall on Tamaki Drive before commencing work on Ngapipi Road.

The majority of the work will be carried out on the seaward side of Tamaki Drive during low tide and is expected to have minimal impact on traffic flows.

As we need to work during low tide, some night works are expected. AT will communicate these in advance and will have a noise management plan in place to ensure disruption and inconvenience are minimised as much as possible.

Phase 2

Land-based construction work on existing carriageway and footpath is expected to take 4 months to complete.

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport