This page contains information about the Raumanga/Maunu cycleway/walkway.
15/12/2015 7:40 a.m.
The Raumanga/Maunu cycleway/walkway is a shared 5 kilometer route designed for pedestrians and cyclists. The cyclway/walkway is designed to provide safer for people travelling between Whangarei's western suburbs and the city. The mainly off-road route which runs through Carruth park will also provide access to the Whangarei Hospital, NorthTec and recreational areas such as Tarewa Park and Cafler Park in the city.
Construction on the project began in 2013 and is expected to be completed by 2016.
Raumanga Reserve to Tarewa Park
This 1 kilometer section of the path, which stretches from the Raumanga Reserve along the back of Tarewa Park, is now complete. The job included clearing out the stream and stream banks, replacing the old 600mm wide Te Mai footbridge with a 2.5 meter wide foot and cycle bridge as well as constructing a new 2.5 meter wide bridge in the Raumanga Reserve.
Tarewa Road/State Highway 1 to Bernard Street
The 400 meter link that starts at the Tarewa Road / Otaika Road intersection and runs along the Raumanga Stream to Bernard Street was completed in July 2015.
Otaika Road/State Highway 1 to Bernard Street
Work has been completed on the 400 meter long, 3 meter wide concrete path from Otaika Road (State Highway 1) to Bernard Street that follows the Raumanga Stream.
Bernard Street to Maunu Road
A 500 meter section of the route, between Bernard Street and Maunu Road, is yet to be completed. Construction is scheduled to start in October 2015.
Bernard Street to Cafler Park
The last piece, from Maunu Road, through the little park across the road from Porowini Ave, and then along First Avenue to Cafler Park will be completed in August 2015.
The walk/cycleway was initially designed designed to run through Cafler Park. After discussions with the Parks Department and the Walking and Cycling Reference Group it has been agreed that the development of this section of the route will be put on hold to allow Council to investigate an alternative route.
The reasons for consdering an alternative route are to:
Provide a more direct route from First Avenue
Separate cyclists from pedestrians (in a high pedestrian area)
Look at the option of using the Second Avenue Bridge which is wider than the bridge initially proposed in the plan.
In future the NZ Transport Agency will build a pedestrian/cycle underpass under Otaika Road (at the end of Tarewa Park) which will enable walkers and cyclists to avoid the risk of crossing the busy Otaika Road (State Highway 1).
In response to the growing awareness of the need to provide alternative methods of transport, in 2007 Council developed and adopted the Whangarei District Walking and Cycling Strategy.
In 2011 a review of the strategy looked at how projects could be implemented taking into account local and national priorities and projects. It was decided that the strategy would be implemented progressively, and achieved through projects and programmes included in our Long Term Plan and other regional and national projects.
In 2015 Council and Government announced that $4.81 million was to be invested into developing cycling routes in the District.
Further funding was made available from the Urban Cycleways Fund and the New Zealand Transport Agency’s National Land Transport Fund. This funding is part of a nationwide Urban Cycleways Programme which will see $296 million invested across 41 projects in 15 urban areas over the next three years to establish cycling as an integral part of the New Zealand transport network.
This means that over $7 million will be spent on the contruction of the three new routes in our District which include Kamo, Onerahi and Raumanga/Maunu.
To find out more about the Urban Cycleways Programme follow the link to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) website below.
Urban Cycleways Programme (NZTA website) Opens in a new window.
Walking and Cycling Strategy [1.87mb]