Once in Mangawhai, it is an active place, with a safe and slow pace. A slow street will connect the different areas of Mangawhai, from the school to the beach over time, invigorating town centres along the way.

A shared use path for cycling and walking would follow the road carriageway for its full length. Intersections would be managed using roundabouts.

By improving connectivity, we aim to make it attractive, safer and quicker to walk, cycle or scoot to where you want to go on shared paths along main routes, and connecting no exit streets. For vehicles, connecting of alternative routes into and around Mangawhai. We will work with all developers to maximise community benefits and to ensure walking, cycling and roading connections.

The suggested approach to transport development is to fix “pain points” in the network (notably the two intersections at the Village shops) but otherwise use cycling and walking to improve connectivity. The intent is to slow traffic and life down generally when people are in Mangawhai.

Roundabouts are the preferred mechanism for improving vehicle flow at intersections, while keeping movement at a reasonable speed that promotes the slow pace and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Stage One projects for our transport work stream have been scoped and identified to be a shared path to create an enhanced and safer walking connectivity around the network and an intersection upgrade to cater for the traffic demand with the increase in growth for Mangawhai.

Both projects work towards ‘Key Move One – Slow Street from school to beach’.

A slow street will connect the different areas of Mangawhai, from the school to the beach over time, invigorating town centres along the way.

Shared Path 

We recently held two Shared Path open sessions for the community, to present the concept design for stage 1 and a route plan for the wider project. 

Thursday 17 September 2020
Saturday 19 September 2020

 If you would like to send us feedback on the Shared Path network please email

Wood Street

The Council has been working closely with the Mangawhai Business Association and community to create a more people-friendly Wood Street, testing layout and design through a temporary summer trial (Dec 2019-Feb 2020) and co-design community workshops. A Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency grant through their Innovating Streets programme means that the Council can continue collaborating with the Mangawhai community, testing and finetuning further improvements. This progressive co-design approach is called ‘tactical urbanism’. The interim design and community collaboration will inform a future permanent upgrade.

Community co-design workshops held so far in 2020:

Saturday 18 July 2020 (workshop notes PDF)
Thursday 30 July 2020 (workshop notes PDF)
Thursday 20 August 2020
(workshop notes PDF)

The latest interim design is now in place and tested from December 2020. Check it out via the flythrough below (Dec 2020). As part of the ongoing co-design process the interim design is subject to tweaks and changes throughout the testing period. We will be regularly asking for feedback on what's working and what's not, so that we can finetune the permanent design. Please note the artwork and colour palette depicted in this flythrough is indicative and do not reflect actual art design. Aaron McConchie and Mangawhai Artist Incorporated have led the artwork design and you can view the actual artwork here(please note some areas are subject to change). 

Our interim design for the Wood Street revitalisation project is 90 percent funded by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, as part of their Innovating Streets programme.

Aerial view of interim design

Birds Eye (1)

Flythrough of interim design (updated)


Wood Street Summer Trial 2019/2020

Earlier in the year, over summer we facilitated three community design sessions to generate ideas, mapped out some temporary solutions and developed an implementation plan for 16 December 2019 to 10 February 2020. In addition, technical officers carried out a site visit to assess infrastructure, safety, and operational issues.

Ideas we trialed over summer included:

  • additional parking
  • temporarily turning Wood Street into a one-way street
  • left turn only in and out of Fagan Place
  • 60-minute parking and bike racks
  • clear marking to separate footpaths and car parks
  • improved footpaths with signage to help people find their way.

You can find more details of the Wood Street summer trial (Dec 2019-Feb 2020) in these posters:

Wood Street activation – Background and vision
Wood Street activation – Tactical trials
Wood Street activation – What is happening this summer?
Wood Street activation – What could the future look like for Wood Street shops?

Read the feedback summary for Wood Street summer trial (2019/2020).