Vehicle access changes
The Tūpuna Maunga are profoundly unique and special places where all of Auckland’s diverse communities can seek respite from the city, and are sites of deep cultural and spiritual connection for mana whenua. The maunga were significant areas of Māori settlement, agriculture, battles, marriages, birth and burial.
Following the very successful pedestrianisation of the Maungawhau/Mt Eden tihi (summit) last year, pedestrian-only areas at the tihi of five further Tūpuna Maunga will be introduced in 2017. Open vehicle access to other parts of the maunga will remain.
The five maunga are:
- Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill
- Maungarei/Mt Wellington
- Ōwairaka/Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura/Mt Albert
- Pukewīwī/Puketāpapa/Mt Roskill
- Takarunga/Mt Victoria
22 November 2016 - Safer spaces on the way for Auckland's ancestral mountains (PDF 76KB)
The decision to implement the vehicle access changes was made by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority at Hui 22 on 21 November 2016. The hui report and minutes are available on the About Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority page
The Tūpuna Maunga Authority is a statutory authority with specified reporting and decision-making processes, powers, and functions independent of Auckland Council.
Tūpuna Maunga Integrated Management Plan consultation
The vehicle access changes reflect directions in the Tūpuna Maunga Integrated Management Plan (IMP) which was publicly notified in 2015 and the subject of a public submission and hearing process in early 2016.
Directions noted in the IMP include:
- reducing and limiting the location of vehicle access
- reducing inappropriate surfaces (such as roads)
- encouraging activities that are in keeping with the natural and indigenous landscape
- encouraging low impact/passive and inclusive recreation on the Tūpuna Maunga
- ensuring the Tūpuna Maunga are healthy and safe spaces for people to enjoy.
Public safety is a priority for the Tūpuna Maunga Authority. Each of the five Tūpuna Maunga undergoing vehicle access changes has a single lane road to and around the tihi that is shared by cars and pedestrians. The tihi roads have no adjoining footpath.
During traffic and pedestrian counts undertaken mid-2016, contractors witnessed regular near-misses between cars and people walking, and vehicles exceeding the speed limit on most of the maunga. This corroborates the experience of management and verbal reports from visitors on the maunga.
Limited mobility access
As with Maungawhau/Mt Eden, automated entry barriers will be installed on the summit roads on all five of the maunga to enable access for people with limited mobility. Access codes will be provided to limited mobility drivers on request, allowing them to drive to the tihi in their own vehicle. Codes will also be provided to regular limited mobility users such as retirement homes.
Other measures to support the vehicle access changes include improving walking tracks, exploring options for car parking, improving road signage and vehicle turning areas, and new toilet facilities.
The installation of vehicle barriers will occur in 2017. Exact dates are yet to be determined and will be publically confirmed in advance.
The Tūpuna Maunga Authority is now proceeding to the detailed design phase to determine the appropriate style and location of barrier for each of the five Tūpuna Maunga.
Signage explaining the changes and access code system will be erected on each maunga ahead of any works to install barriers.
If you have any specific questions about the decision to change vehicle access on the maunga, please email MaungaAuthority@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.