Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Road intersection Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Road intersection

The upgrade of the intersection of Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Road, Orakei, will make one of Auckland's most high-risk intersections a lot safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

Project status: Construction
Project zone: Central

Project overview

Construction work started late August 2017 and is scheduled to take 12 months to complete (weather permitting). Fulton Hogan is delivering the project.

The project is being done in stages to minimise impact and maintain peak traffic movement.

Stage 1: Complete

Footpath upgrade along the cliff-side of Tamaki Drive and installation of new drainage pipe across Tamaki Drive.

Stage 2: October 2017 to mid 2018

Widening the seawall on Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Road - approximately 8 months.

The new seawall is being built using basalt stone. At the same time, we are continuing with our work along the coastal edge of Ngapipi Road including the formation of the embankment for the new shared path.

The footpath and cycle path remain operational.

Stage 3: from mid 2018

New pavement, traffic island, and final road marking – approximately 2 months.

Night works will be programmed for pavement and road marking to minimise impact to traffic flow.

During construction

All existing traffic movements at the intersection will be maintained and a safe footpath will be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists to use at all times.

Generally, hours of work are 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. We may need to work outside these hours, and/or work at night on occasion. We will communicate these works in advance and will have a noise management plan in place to ensure disruption and inconvenience is minimised as much as possible.

As a live construction site, the speed limit will be reduced to 30km/h and traffic delays can be expected. Please approach the intersection with care.

Key improvements

  • Traffic lights and signalised pedestrian crossings.
  • A second left-turn lane on Ngapipi Rd.
  • A second lane on the westbound approach to Ngapipi Rd.
  • Extension of the seawall on Tamaki Dr and Ngapipi Rd.
  • Upgrading the shared path, creating separate cycle lanes and providing pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities.


  • Increased visibility and safety of cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Safer turns for drivers.
  • A wider footpath and extended seawall that allows for people to pause, rest, and relax.
  • Preservation of existing pōhutukawa trees on Ngapipi Rd.

Reasons for the upgrade

The upgrade is one of the top intersection-safety-improvement projects for Auckland.

More than 30,000 people travel through the Tamaki Drive-Ngapipi Road intersection each day. The intersection is ranked number 10 on the national top-100 list of high crash-risk intersections.

In the past 5 years, 21 crashes have been recorded at the intersection, with 13 resulting in injury. Analysis of the causes of these crashes indicates that redesigning the intersection to better manage vehicle movement will improve safety and visibility for all users.

Cultural significance

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.

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 also a place of significant cultural importance for Māori.

The upgrade will add to the functionality and recreational use of this popular scenic route and also paves the way for future cycleway projects and development in this area.

Concept design images

Tamaki-Ngapipi intersection artists impressionArtist's impression of the intersection looking east

Tamaki Drive artists impressionArtist's impression of the intersection looking west

Project timeline

  • 2011 - Design development process began (to ensure the scheme mitigates potential adverse effects on the environment).
  • Late 2013 - Design options considered and 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 Road 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.
  • August 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.
  • January 2017 - Resource consent granted.
  • August 2017 - Begin construction
  • Mid-late 2018 - Intersection and upgrade complete (scheduled).

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport