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North Auckland

Silverdale, Dairy Flat, Wainui and Orewa are growing fast. By 2050, the areas of land zoned for future growth will accommodate 40,000 new homes and more than 600 hectares of new business land will be developed.

We’re planning the transport network that will be needed to support this growth, so that current and future residents and those working in the area have more low-carbon transport choices and can move around safely and easily.

In 2019, Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency released an Indicative Strategic Transport Network to support future growth in North Auckland.

North Auckland Indicative Strategic Transport Network map [PDF, 835 KB]

The future transport network for North Auckland will:

  • Improve access to local destinations.
  • Give reliable access for the movement of people and goods.
  • Provide safe and resilient travel choices to encourage a shift to active (walking and cycling) and public transport.

This transport network integrates with Auckland Council’s development of the Silverdale West–Dairy Flat Industrial Area Structure Plan that identifies the mix and location of industrial land uses in the Silverdale West–Dairy Flat area.

Silverdale West–Dairy Flat Industrial Area Structure Plan(external link)

What are we proposing?

The transport network is a 30-year plan for a well-connected system that will deliver greater safety, accessibility and liveability outcomes in North Auckland. It includes:

  • A proposed new rapid transit corridor extending from Albany to Dairy Flat and onto Milldale.
  • Improved public transport connections for the wider area with bus priority on key routes including a high frequency bus route connecting Orewa and Silverdale.
  • Strategic walking and cycling links.
  • Improvements to the Northern Motorway (SH1) including increased capacity and upgraded interchanges at Redvale, Wainui and Silverdale.

Next steps

Following Auckland Council’s Emergency Budget as a result of the effect of COVID-19, projects in North Auckland were put on hold in September 2020.

From July 2021, teams started to reform and begin their planning work. Over the coming months, we’ll be progressing more detailed investigations and further engagement with project partners, stakeholders, landowners and the community as we commence staged route protection processes across all future urban growth areas and transport projects.

Route protection information

Other transport projects

While this network will be developed in the medium to long term, projects including the current Dairy Flat Highway safety improvements will be implemented in the short term to improve safety and manage congestion.

In addition, works to support the live-zoned areas of Wainui are being funded by Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

More information on other priority projects can be found at:


View all publications relating to North Auckland.


Communities and stakeholders in Orewa, Dairy Flat, Silverdale and Wainui told us their transport aspirations for the area. This helped shape our initial transport plan for the North.
Engagement summary report 2016 [PDF, 3.5 MB]
The plan was reassessed and options refined, with feedback sought from the community, stakeholders, Manawhenua, local boards and transport interest groups.
Feedback summary report 2018 [PDF, 105 KB]
The feedback was used to help finalise the indicative strategic transport network for North Auckland
North Auckland Indicative Business Case [PDF, 26 MB]
October 2020
COVID-19 had a significant impact on Auckland Transport and the wider Auckland Council whānau. Due to funding constraints, all projects in the North were put on hold. 
Funding confirmed for North projects. Work towards a Detailed Business Case commences.