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This page contains information about our strategy to promote cycling in the District and the projects currently underway. 
Updated: 10/10/2017 8:23 p.m.

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 means that over $7 million will be spent on the contruction of the three new routes in our District.

Proposed Scow Landing to Ngunguru Cycleway

The Tutukaka Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association (TCR&R) and Tutukaka Cycleway Group are promoting a cycle route from Scow Landing (Memorial Bridge) to Ngunguru. Grant funding by Whangarei District Council (WDC) has been approved for the 2017-2018 financial year for improvements necessary to build the cycle trail.

Several route options for a cycle trail network extending from Whangarei to the Bay of Islands are being considered by WDC and this section from Scow Landing to Ngunguru forms a key part of all options and would be an important first phase of the project. It is envisaged that the proposed new 14km cycle trail would be built to New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT) standards with a view to possibly forming part of the national NZCT network as a “Heartland Ride” connecting with the Twin Coast Cycle Trail already established between Bay of Islands and Hokianga Harbour. More information on the New Zealand Cycle trail can be found on their website.

New Zealand Cycle Trail

The project is at an early stage and the next phase will involve consultation with affected parties. This phase of consultation is focused only on the Scow landing to Ngunguru proposed cycle way.

Public Meeting

We will be holding a consultation meeting on:

  • 27 September 2017 between 5pm and 7pm at Ngunguru Hall.

This will include short presentations by WDC, TCR&R, followed by a workshopping session where representatives from both WDC and TCR&R will host “drop in tables” to speak to individuals and gather feedback.

We have provided a pdf form for you to fill out and email to mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

Closing date for submission of your feedback is 20 October 2017

Completing the printable form

Download and save a copy to your computer first. You can then either:

  • print it, complete it by hand and send or deliver it to us; or
  • fill it out on your computer and save it before attaching it to an email to us.

 Ngunguru Cycleway Form

New shared paths

The shared cycleways/walkways underway in our District include Kamo, Onerahi and Raumanga/Maunu.

Future shared cycleways/walkways are planned for Tikipunga/Glenbervie and Ngunguru.

For more information on the tracks currently under development, follow the links below.

Existing and Proposed Cycleways/Walkways Map [1mb] 

Urban Cycleway Programme

Funding for our local projects 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.

Cycling is a key priority for the agency. Getting more New Zealanders cycling will connect people with a greater range of employment, education and social opportunities and contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future for our transport network.

The NZ Transport Agency anticipates the total investment in cycling in New Zealand over the next three years will be around $380 million to $400 million, delivering more than 250km of new urban cycleways and greater network connectivity.

The Urban Cycleways Programme is designed to take full advantage of all available funding sources for including the National Land Transport Fund and local government, to enable high-quality cycleway projects to start much sooner than may otherwise have been the case.

To find out more about the Urban Cycleways Programme you can visit the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) website.

Urban Cycleways Programme (NZTA Website) Opens in a new window.

Walking and Cycling Strategy

In response to the growing awareness of the need to provide alternative methods of transport, in 2007 we developed and adopted the Whangarei District Walking and Cycling Strategy.  

In 2011 a review of the 2007 strategy looked at how projects could be implemented taking into account local and national priorities and projects. 

The Walking and Cycling Reference Group helped with the review and will continue to have an active role in the Strategy's implementation. The Reference Group includes representatives from:

  • Sport Northland,
  • Bike Northland,
  • NZ Police,
  • Manaia Primary Health Organisation, 
  • the Northland District Health Board,
  • and other interest groups.

Revised strategy

The revised Strategy was adopted in March 2012 and its vision is a district where walking or cycling are easy, safe and enjoyable, are the preferred means of access and are a lifestyle or tourist attraction.

Implementation of the strategy will be progressively achieved through projects and programmes included in our Long Term Plan and other regional and national projects. 

This includes State Highway 1 improvements, the CBD/Town Basin revitalisation. 

To view the full version of the revised strategy, follow the link below.  

Walking and Cycling Strategy 2012 [1.87mb]

Benefits of Cycling

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have invested a great deal of time and research into cycling in New Zealand. Their research shows there are many benefits to both riding a bike, and covers reasons why many councils, including ours, are partnering with NZTA to make New Zealand more bike friendly.

The key benefits include:

  • creating more liveable towns and cities
  • improving conditions for travelling within towns and cities
  • creating stronger local economies
  • reducing costs for councils
  • having less impact on the environment, and
  • producing healthier and more productive people.

For more information about the key benefits of investing in cycling, for councils, communities and individuals, follow the links below to the NZTA website.

Benefits of Investing in Cycling (NZTA website)

Further information

For further information about walks in the district and other projects underway in Whangarei City, select from the links below.


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