Navigating Mangawhai will become easier with the addition of a new, free shuttle bus and revised parking for the summer season

Mangawhai traffic and parking changes

by Andy Bryenton

The Kaipara District Council has instigated a number of changes to the traffic and parking infrastructure of Mangawhai.

The changes were designed collaboratively with the Mangawhai Business Association and residents at two council-led workshops. Councillor Peter Wethey said businesses were “keen to get the ball rolling”.

“The trial isn’t setting anything in concrete. If it doesn’t work, we have a chance to change it next year,” says Peter.

Five core improvements are being put in place for Mangawhai. These include additional temporary parking, traffic management strategies, including the temporary conversion of part of Wood Street to one-way, a free shuttle bus connecting the village, heads and surf club, better pedestrian access in the Wood Street area and a time restriction of 60 minutes for Wood Street’s angled parking.

These changes are the first step in the Wood Street revitalisation project, a plan set to be instigated from next year. The free Heads-Hop bus service, part of this summertime plan, will run from 10am through to 5.30pm from December 27 until January 12. Then on weekends and public holidays up to February 9.

Boat ramp congestion is also being addressed, and temporary toilet facilities erected at this popular spot in anticipation of busy days ahead. The council will collect feedback during summer to rate the effectiveness of all aspects of their plan.