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By 2050, there’ll be another 9,000 homes in Warkworth's future growth areas, and the population is expected to rise from 5,000 to around 30,000.

We’re planning Warkworth’s future transport network so that current and future communities can have better access to safe, accessible and low-carbon transport choices.

In 2019, Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency released an Indicative Strategic Transport Network to support future growth in Warkworth. You can view the Warkworth Indicative Strategic Transport Network map here. [PDF, 178 KB]

The proposed transport network for Warkworth will provide the community with better access to active and public transport services and more ways to get to social and business destinations. It also integrates with Auckland Council’s Warkworth Structure Plan(external link), which identifies the mix and location of housing, employment, retail, commercial and community facilities in north, south and north-east Warkworth.

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 for Warkworth. It includes:

  • Public transport facilities, including new proposed transport interchanges.
  • A walking and cycling network
  • A proposed south-western area ‘link’ road connecting to a proposed southern interchange, to provide improved access to proposed residential and business land in south Warkworth.
  • Improvements to the state highway network, including a proposal for a southern interchange from Ara Tūhono – the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway.

Next steps

Following Auckland Council's Emergency Budget as a result of the effect of COVID-19, projects in Warkworth 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. 

Other transport projects

Several other priority projects are already underway to support growth and safety in the short term.

The opening of the Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway and Te Honohono ki Tai - Matakana Link Road in 2022 will move highway traffic away to the west of the township and will immediately reduce pressure on the section of State Highway 1 that goes through the existing Warkworth township. 

More information on these other priority projects can be found at:


View all publications relating to Warkworth


Warkworth community told us their transport aspirations for the area [PDF, 3.5 MB]. This helped shape our initial Warkworth transport plan.  
The plan was reassessed and options refined, with feedback sought from the community stakeholders,  [PDF, 691 KB]Manwhenua [PDF, 691 KB], local boards  [PDF, 691 KB]and transport interest groups [PDF, 691 KB]. 
This feedback was used to help finalise the indicative strategic transport network for Warkworth (Indicative Business Case [PDF, 9.2 MB]).
October 2020
COVID-19 had had a significant impact on Auckland Transport and the wider Auckland Council whānauDue to funding constraints, all projects in Warkworth were put on hold. 
Funding confirmed for Warkworth projects. Work towards a Detailed Business Case commenced.