Project

Whāngārei to Te Hana

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Whāngārei to Te Hana

The Whāngārei to Te Hana project responds to the Government’s directive to the Transport Agency to improve connectivity between Whāngārei and Auckland. The program includes a combination of projects to deliver improved movement of people and freight between the largest city in the Northland region and Te Hana to the north of Auckland. 

The project is divided into two sections, with each section having various stages:

Whāngārei to Northport includes:

  • a new rail connection between Northport and the North Auckland Rail Line 
  • Otiria to Whangārei rail line upgrade, and
  • safety improvements along State Highway 1 (SH1) between Whāngārei and Port Marsden Highway.

Port Marsden Highway to Te Hana includes:

  • Port Marsden Highway to Waipu (NZ$45 million)
  • Brynderwyn Hills bypass, and
  • Brynderwyn to Te Hana.

This section consists of upgrades to SH1.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

PROJECT HISTORY

Aug 2017 Business case released.
2018 Planning placed on hold as project undergoes re-evaluation.
Jul 2018 The NZTA announced a re-evaluation of the project to align it with the new priorities set out in the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport. Re-evaluation was first proposed in the Draft Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP) released earlier in 2018.
Oct 2018 NZTA completed re-evaluation in October 2018, recommending short term safety improvements and route protection, and a staged approach to providing additional capacity and offline infrastructure upgrades in the medium and long term.
Nov 2018 Findings from project re-evaluation released.
Jan 2020 First round of funding announced after re-evaluation results released.
Jun 2021 Following a re-evaluation of the New Zealand Upgrade Program, the Whangarei to Port Marsden section of the project was adjusted. The new plan sees a proposed railway connection between Northport and the North Auckland Rail Line.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New Zealand |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2018
04/06/2021
Major Contract

Port Marsden Highway to Te Hana

PROJECT STATUS
Detailed Planning
Port Marsden Highway to Te Hana

Port Marsden Highway to Te Hana (where the route will meet the Auckland motorway network) is the second stage of the Whangarei to Te Hana project.

The upgrade will be planned and delivered in stages:

  • Port Marsden Highway to Waipu
  • Brynderwyn Hills bypass
  • Brynderwyn Hills to Te Hana


This section of State Highway 1 (SH1) is a long-term program of investment that will improve safety, reliability and resilience of the network. The improvements will reduce the cost of travel for the freight industry, and improve the ability of Northland to attract investment and tourism.

After a re-evaluation undertaken by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, a recommended programme of work for the Port Marsden Highway to Te Hana section was announced:

  • safety improvements,
  • upgrades to alternative routes to SH1 between Port Marsden Highway and Te Hana, and
  • route protection for a bypass of Brynderwyn Hills.


Construction timing will be based on prioritisation of projects nationally.

Originally, two options were shortlisted for the Bynderwyn Hills Bypass. They were approximately 15-20 kilometres long and avoid areas of significant cultural and environmental value. The total estimated cost of the section was $500 million - $800 million.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2018 Whangarei to Te Hana program was re-evalauted by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to align it with the NZ Government's priorities outlined in the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New Zealand |
Resources
Media releases
08/08/2017
24/10/2018
Major Contract

North Auckland Rail Link to Northport

PROJECT STATUS
Detailed Planning
North Auckland Rail Link to Northport

Through a re-evaluation of the New Zealand Upgrade Program, the NZ Government proposed a rail link between Northpoint and the North Auckland Rail Line. The project will aim to encourage freight to be carried by rail instead of road by providing a freight rail connection to Northport. 

Key Dates

Jun 2021 Project Announced

PROJECT HISTORY

Jun 2021 A re-evaluation of the New Zealand Upgrade Program proposed a rail link between Northpoint and the North Auckland Rail Line.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New Zealand |
Resources
Government resources
04/06/2021