The transport system

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is responsible for providing, operating and maintaining a safe and reliable transport system.

Waka Kotahi is leading the transport plan to ensure that the transport system for Tauriko is safe, supports local growth, and provides alternative travel choices for the community.

The transport plan aims to:

  • provide more buses and improved walking and cycling connectivity to local amenities such as schools, businesses, recreation areas and culturally significant places
  • improve road safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries
  • maintain freight access to the Port of Tauranga

How did we get here?

2010: The Transport Agency identified the need for improvements to be made to SH29 around the Tauriko area.

2011: Investigations for improvements to safety and trip efficiency on SH29 between Omanawa Road and Takitimu Drive Toll Road (Route K) identified three potential corridors for high-level investigation:

  • upgrading the existing corridor
  • a new northern alignment
  • a new southern alignment

2012: Plans were put on hold while the Transport Agency worked with partners to get a clearer understanding of residential and commercial growth in the area.

2013: SmartGrowth agreement to work closely with partners, stakeholders and developers to ensure the transport system is right for the future.

2015/2016: Interim safety improvements made at Tauriko – safe hit barriers, speed reduction around school drop off and pickup times.

2016/2017: The Transport Agency and partners investigated the wider Western Corridor transport network needed to support the future SmartGrowth Settlement Pattern and identified a preferred high-level programme.

2018: Improvements to access and parking at Tauriko School, including altered lane markings and a wider median on SH29 to improve safety.

Developing the Tauriko Network Plan

Waka Kotahi is working to identify the best solutions for the transport network in Tauranga’s Western Corridor.

Options are being developed to support the planned and sustainable development of Tauriko West, enhance people’s access to economic and social opportunities in the area, and also protect SH29’s strategic role between Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga.

This has included working through a suite of walking, cycling, public transport, and local road and state highway opportunities. This is in addition to the short-term safety improvements.

For more information on the network plans and an indication of the state highway corridor visit: www.nzta.govt.nz/tauriko.

Enabling works

Alongside the long-term planning work for the transport network, Tauranga City Council and Waka Kotahi have identified a package of initial improvements to enable the first stages of housing development within Tauriko West, support continued industrial development of Tauriko Business Estate, and improve safety at the existing SH29/Belk Road and SH29/Cambridge Road intersections.

The proposed enabling works improvements are at a concept stage and include:

  • A new roundabout at SH29/Redwood Lane (which will connect to the Tauriko Business Estate and provide access to the southern part of Tauriko West).
  • Closure of the existing SH29/Belk Road intersection, and redirection via Tauriko Business Estate to the new SH29/Redwood Lane roundabout.
  • A new intersection with traffic lights on SH29 at Tauriko village (to provide access to the northern part of Tauriko West).
  • An upgrade of SH29 to four lanes between the new intersection at Tauriko village and Cambridge Road, including provision of a new shared walking and cycling path along the north side of SH29.
  • An upgrade of the existing SH29/Cambridge Road intersection with traffic lights and a new connection to Tauranga Crossing via Whiore Avenue (for buses, pedestrians, and cyclists only).
  • Provision of a shared walking and cycling path along both sides of Whiore Avenue between the SH29/Cambridge Road intersection and Taurikura Drive.

These initial improvements will enable the first stages of housing development within Tauriko West, support continued industrial development of Tauriko Business Estate and improve safety along SH29 between Belk Road and Cambridge Road.

Construction of the enabling works could commence in the next two to three years, subject to funding, consultation with landowners whose property or access may be affected by the works, land acquisition, and any statutory approvals which may be required.

Find out more about the short-term enablings works.