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Improving travel links between Papamoa and the Mount

Improving travel links between Pāpāmoa and the Mount

Intersection changes around Maranui Street, Girven Road and Oceanbeach Road will make travel between Pāpāmoa and the Mount safer and easier for all road users..

Why is change necessary?

Maranui Street, Girven Road and Oceanbeach Road are a key access route for commuters and the community to get to and from school, work, local parks, shops, the beach, or other places nearby. Over the past few years, you’ve let us know that getting around safely and easily between Pāpāmoa and the Mount can be challenging, especially at peak times Increasing growth in the Arataki area has put a strain on the current roading infrastructure. Furthermore, Oceanbeach Road is becoming a common link for active path users between the new beach pathways located along Pāpāmoa Beach Road and Marine Parade.

A safety review supports the need to improve the Oceanbeach Road - Girven Road intersection to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, while assisting peak hour traffic flow.A re-designed intersection at Oceanbeach Road-Girven, a new roundabout at Girven road-Maranui Street intersection, shared pathways and improved pedestrian crossing options will increase safety for everyone who travels through the area, no matter what mode of transport they choose.
These improvements are part of a wider effort to make Pāpāmoa, Arataki and the Mount safer for people to move about.

What changes can you expect?

Council will construct a single-lane central roundabout at the Girven–Maranui intersection and redesign Oceanbeach Road for a seamless transition to Girven Road. This will ensure a smoother journey for drivers between these three streets by removing the number of current stopping points along the main route. 

To support active path users, new shared pathway links and four pedestrian crossings will be positioned to define safe pedestrian crossing points. Three of these crossings will have central islands that divides the crossing into two movements and minimises driver disruption.

Pāpāmoa Mount Link Roundabout map

Pāpāmoa to Mount Link Roundabout map (1.5mb pdf)

How will this impact getting around in the area?

Detours will be staged in phases throughout the work in an effort to minimise disruption in the area.

In phase 1 from April 29 and for the first three weeks of May we will close a section of Girven Road one-way between Paterson Street and Oceanbeach Road. With only one lane operating: 

Girven Road traffic heading towards the beach will need to divert along Paterson Street to Concord Avenue.

Maranui Street traffic flowing towards Mount Maunganui will turn left onto Girven Road, then right onto Paterson Street and follow the detour back onto Oceanbeach Road.

You can expect reduced speed through the construction zone on Girven Road. This detour may add approximately 2 minutes to your journey.

Arataki Intersections Detour Map

In phase 2 Girven Road will remain one-lane only but the entry in to Maranui Street from Girven Road will be closed to traffic in both directions. This means:

Girven Road traffic heading towards the beach will need to divert along Paterson Street to Concord Avenue. Maranui Street traffic flowing towards Mount Maunganui will turn left at Seaspray Drive

Digital information boards will be positioned to inform you of roading or detour changes. Please follow the signs and allow extra time for travel.


Peak hour congestion and off-peak speeding has compromised visibility for pedestrians, cyclists, and alternative transport users.

The improvements incorporate new shared pathways near the roundabout, connecting to existing shared paths along Girven Road and supporting safe travel for active users around the intersection.

Four new pedestrian crossings will be installed in the area to support people reaching local shops, schools, and the beach. This includes two on Oceanbeach Road and two on approach to the roundabout from Girven Road and Maranui Street.

Golf Road and Girven Road are the main access roads serving the Arataki area from State Highway 2 and are busy at peak times and prone to congestion. To lower the number of intersections and encourage a more seamless and safer traffic flow, a central roundabout will be installed at the Girven-Maranui Intersection and the right turn bay removed at the Oceanbeach-Girven intersection. This option should provide a high level of safety as roundabouts generally involve slower crash speeds than intersections controlled by traffic signals, stop, or give-way signs.

To help manage traffic congestion we need to provide our community with safe, reliable and easy choices to get around Mount Maunganui. There are gaps in the network for walking and cycling, so many people are not choosing these options. Dedicated infrastructure like separated cycle lanes and shared paths will increase safety, which in turn encourages more people to walk or cycle.

The improvements incorporate new shared pathways near intersections and the new roundabout, connecting to existing shared paths along Girven Road and supporting safe travel for cyclists and pedestrians around the new intersection. The four new pedestrian crossings provide an obvious safe crossing point for these active users as they head to the beach, school, or local shops. These crossings have been placed at natural points on the travel network where either the demand for people to cross is greater, or where the traffic naturally needs to slow for an intersection. By placing these crossings at strategic locations, there will be less need for unpredictable crossing along the street making it safer for everyone.

Key information

Project type
Transport and movement


Mount Maunganui / Arataki

Key dates

  • Safety review of Girven Road / Oceanbeach Road commissioned 

    June 2022
  • Detailed design complete

    February 2024
  • Community engagement

    August 2023 – April 2024
  • Construction

    April – August 2024

Who's listening

The Transportation Team
Tauranga City Council
07 577 7000


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