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This page contains information about the re-development of Whangarei's central city area.
Updated: 12/08/2016 12:51 p.m.
Artistic impression of the proposed CBD Laneway canopy.

​Artists impression of the CBD
Laneway canopy design.

The Laneway Project

The Laneway project is part of a plan to upgrade the central city.

The aim is to make the city a more friendly, comfortable, safe and vibrant place for residents and visitors. The Laneway will also start to improve the link between the Central Business District and the Town Basin by creating a pedestrian friendly environment along James Street.

Stage 1

Work to date has seen a new pedestrian friendly layout extending from the Cameron Street Mall, around the corner to James Street, and another block along Cameron Street to John Street.

The new design includes new paving, street furniture, plantings and an elevated stage around the existing Melia tree in the Mall.

A narrow one-way traffic calming lane allows people to drive through the shared space.  

Work was completed on Stage 1 of this project completed in November 2015.

Stage 2

Stage 2 of the project will begin in March 2016 and see the construction of an attractive and futuristic canopy that covers the intersection of Cameron Street Mall and James Street to create an all-weather space.  


Council has been looking at a number of ideas to improve and connect the Cameron Street Mall to the Town Basin. The overall aim is enable people to move safely between, and enjoy, these two areas.

In late 2011 Council consulted on its plan to redevelop the CBD.  Two scenarios were then presented to the public in February 2012.  Based on feedback, Council chose to adopt and further develop the Laneway option.

Funding was allocated to this project in the 2014-2015 Annual Plan. Work on the project began in mid June 2015, and is expected to continue until November 2015.

By early 2016 the next stage of the project will see a transparent canopy installed over the Cameron Street and James Street intersection. This will create an environment where people can enjoy the CBD in all-weather. The Canopy will be installed early next year after the busy Christmas shopping and holiday period. 

CBD Regeneration Information

There has been a lot of discussion recently on the state of our inner city. Issues such as the amount of car parking spaces and the number of vacant shops are important to our district.

To help inform this discussion, Whangarei District Council have compiled information on our central area. This includes:

  • Vacant premises

  • Land use

  • Car parking areas

We have also looked at other towns and cities in New Zealand to see how we compare in relation to retail vacancy.

The information was complied from the Whangarei District Council, Land-use Survey (2015), Colliers International New Zealand Ltd (2016), Bayleys New Zealand Ltd (2016).

Read the full report:

Urban Growth Strategy

The 2003 Urban Growth Strategy identified the consolidation of the CBD as its number one objective.

In 2006, Council adopted the 'Whangarei 20/20 Strategy' as a guideline development plan for the inner city. It provides a co-ordinated approach based on good urban design for the development of activities and attractions which will enhance the central city. 

The longer term planning proposals, which include development of the CBD, are contained in the '30/50 Whangarei Growth Strategy'. 

For details, select from the links below.

Viewing the Whangarei 20/20 Strategy

The 'Whangarei 20/20 Strategy' document has been split into sections for easier downloading. Select from the following list by clicking on the '+' next to the heading name. (Each document opens in a new window.)

You can view the 'Whangarei 20/20 Momentum' document by clicking on the link below or view the website.  

Whangarei 20/20 Momentum

Whangarei 20/20 Momentum website



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