Whangarei’s essential infrastructure including the oil refinery, deep water port, ultra-fast broadband along with roads, rail, electricity.
State Highway 1 which links Whangarei to Auckland (a two hour drive) also forms the main roading link to Kaitaia. State Highway 15A which links State Highway 1 to One Tree Point (leading to the Marsden Point Port). State Highway 14 links Whangarei to Dargaville.
The District's roading network, maintained by the Whangarei District Council, is made up of 1,800 kilometres of sealed and unsealed roads. State Highways are maintained by the New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi (NZTA).
The Whangarei District Airport, jointly owned by the Ministry of Transport and the Whangarei District Council, is situated ain Onerahi, an easy ten minute drive from the Whangarei city centre.
Air New Zealand, the national carrier, has direct services daily to and from Auckland International Airport - four in and four out everyday except Saturday with three in and three out. Air New Zealand Q300, 50-seat craft service this route. Other air service operators operate charter fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter flights and scheduled services to Great Barrier Island. Flight training is also available.
KiwiRail operates approximately eleven (freight only – logs, woodchip and shipping containers) trains per direction per week between Northland and Auckland, two trains per day on weekdays and one train on Saturday. Capacity is estimated at about eighteen trains per direction under the present constraints of operating speed, numbers of crossing points and general track maintenance requirements. Capacity could be readily increased with the addition of further crossing points and communication improvements, estimated at up to eight additional trains per day and more if other infrastructural changes were also made.
Most of the District’s electricity is supplied via the national transmission grid which delivers 110kV and 220kV lines. Northpower provides asset management and operational services for the company's power lines, substations and hydro-electric power station. Northpower owns the 5 megawatt Wairua hydro-electric power station near Titoki, contributing up to 24 of the 960 million units of electricity conveyed over Northpower’s network per year.
WATER AND WASTE DISPOSAL
The Whangarei District Council owns and operates the water storage dams, treatment plants, pipework and water meters that make up the district's water supply network. Urban areas have fully reticulated water supplies and waste water systems.The wastewater network treats sewage from domestic, commercial and industrial sources.
Discharges to the environment from Council treatment plants or private on-site systems are managed by the Northland Regional Council under rules in the Resource Management Act.
New Zealand’s only oil refinery, Refining NZ is located at Marsden Point next to Northport, Northland’s deep-water port facility, and has a reputation as one of Asia Pacific's safest and most reliable refineries. The refinery currently accounts for 40% of New Zealand’s total energy needs - notably producing 55% of New Zealand’s petrol demand, almost all its jet fuel, 80% of its diesel requirements, and 75-85% of the country’s bitumen for building roads.
DEEP WATER COMMERCIAL PORT
Northport is New Zealand’s newest port, designed and built as a flexible, multi-purpose facility to cater for a wide range of cargoes and their associated vessel types. It is the northern most multi-purpose port in New Zealand and the closest port to the majority of New Zealand’s international markets. The port facility totals 58 hectares of land, with over 30 hectares paved for cargo operations. It has 7,000m² of undercover area available, with a height capacity of eight metres for the storage of bulk break product. The port has 180 hectares of ‘green field’ commercially-zoned land on its boundaries.
ULTRA FAST BROADBAND
Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) has been deployed across the Whangarei city by Northpower Fibre, allowing business and industry open access to the fibre optic network. UFB makes business activities more efficient, boosts productivity, makes communication dramatically faster and ensures business can be truly competitive in the global business market.