Roads that need a name
All public roads need a road name.
You also need to name a private road, private way, right of way, or access lot if six or more sites with an address are accessed off it.
When new roads are created through subdivision or other development, they need to be named.
Road names should generally:
- be easy to spell and pronounce to help with clear addressing and directions
- not duplicate, or be confused with, existing road names in the Auckland region - there are approximately 12,500 named roads in the Auckland region with significant duplication of names (i.e. 17 roads named Park)
- not be offensive or easily corrupted into an offensive or denigrating version.
Road naming guidelines
Our road naming guidelines provide direction to our staff, local boards and mana whenua on the procedures for naming and renaming roads in Auckland.
The guidelines encourage the names to be reflective of the history, culture and identity of an area.
The guidelines outline four principles:
- Road extents and road types will be clearly defined.
- Road names will promote public safety and service delivery.
- Road names will reflect the heritage of an area.
- Māori road names are actively encouraged.
View a full copy of the road naming guidelines: