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Waikanae town centre

Your town centre is the heart of your community

artist concept Waikanae Town Centre

Waikanae town centre will have an arts and cultural focus. New green spaces will connect the upgraded Mahara Gallery to the library complex, and Mahara Place will better connect and integrate the town centre with the Whakarongotai Marae. Improved pedestrian access and better connections to the railway station will make it easier to get around.

Our plans to transform the Waikanae town centre remain flexible and adaptable to commercial opportunities within the town centre. This year we’ll be progressing our plans to improve pedestrian connections to and from the transport hub to the town centre. We’ll also be advancing the planned upgrades of the Mahara Gallery and Waikanae Library.

Waikanae Masterplan

Click here to view the Waikanae Masterplan in larger detail.

Waikanae draft Masterplan

State Highway 1

The initial focus for transforming the Waikanae town centre will be on making the section of the existing State Highway 1 between Te Moana Road and Ngaio Road a fit-for-purpose local road with improved amenity and east-west pedestrian and cycling connections between the railway station, town centre and river. This work is likely to be progressed in the next 12 to 18 months.

Mahara Gallery and Library upgrades

The Mahara Gallery, our district’s public gallery, sits adjacent to the Waikanae Library and together they form a gateway to Mahara Place. Both upgrades will support the development or a cultural precinct. Work to advance concept designs for the Mahara Gallery and Waikanae Library is expected to progress this year.

The Mahara Gallery Upgrade will be delivered in partnership with the Mahara Gallery Trust and the Field Collection Trust. The Library upgrade will be fully funded by the Council.


View the 2015  final concept plans for Waikanae here.

We will continue to work with the community as we progress plans.


  • Transforming our town centres will take time and work has been spread over a 14-year programme of activity.