The northwest of Auckland is projected to be home to approximately 186,000 people by 2050. That means about 40,000 new homes are needed (and construction is already underway in some areas). Auckland Council has progressed the land use planning for some parts of this area – for example the Whenuapai Structure Plan(external link). In other areas, such as Kumeu-Huapai, growth is expected to be planned and provided over the longer term.


Since 2015(external link), we’ve worked with Auckland Council to develop a 30-year preferred transport network for North West Auckland. This has needed to take account not only of population growth projections, but also when land will be ready for development, according to the Future Urban Land Supply Strategy.(external link)

In 2018, the programme reassessed the original network plans and investigated options for new or improved transport connections for North West Auckland, including:



Route protection is a planning process that enables land to be protected for the future construction of necessary infrastructure such as transport. Route protection can be achieved by successfully applying for statutory approvals (designations) or by agreement with land owners. It provides certainty to landowners and developers about where essential infrastructure will be in the future. The programme’s aim is to protect all of the major strategic projects in our network in a staged way over the next few years.

Please click here to find out more about Route Protection.


The new strategic transport network plans are expected to be approved by the Auckland Transport and NZ Transport Agency boards by mid-2019. We will update property owners, stakeholders and the wider community about the networks, and begin a more detailed design phase as we move towards the preparation of detailed business cases.

Please click here to find out more about Route Protection(external link).(external link)


Please click here to see our Next Steps [PDF, 54 KB].


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