Port Nikau offers Whangārei a new way of living, with a centrally located urban community situated on the stunning Whangārei Harbour, just minutes from central Whangārei.

Master Plan

In late 2021 the Master Plan for Port Nikau was finalised, highlighting the key development stages and a detailed breakdown of the 100-hectare development.

Stage One Residential

The first area set for residential development is Precinct 1, Arataki, including the development of 440 houses.

Waterfront Living

Port Nikau will offer waterfront apartment living, looking over the stunning Whangārei Harbour, in the city's newest urban community.

A new way of living

Port Nikau is a bespoke urban community influenced by the latest urban design and building trends worldwide. The entire Port Nikau development includes plans for over 1,200 dwellings plus a town centre with 6,000m2 retail, hospitality and commercial activities. The full 55-hectare housing development is fully designed and consists of a wide and varied range of lot sizes and building typologies, so residents can choose a way of life that best suits them. Building typologies include 2, 3 and 4-bedroom standalone houses, terraced houses, apartments and mixed-use home/office type buildings.


At the heart of Port Nikau, a town centre with 6,000m2 retail, hospitality and commercial activities is planned.


Port Nikau will become an inspired urban waterfront community for Whangārei, designed for the future and offering a new way of living.


Alongside the Port Nikau housing development, new marinas are also being built, ideal for those wanting to live near their vessels.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is Port Nikau?

    Formerly home to the Whangārei city port, Port Nikau represents 100 hectares of freehold development in the heart of Whangārei, Northland, New Zealand. With over four kilometres of coastline, access to deep water and close proximity to arterial routes, amenities and facilities, Port Nikau is uniquely positioned out into the Whangārei Harbour to create genuine waterfront living and harbourside opportunities. Click here for a map of the area.

  • How close is Port Nikau to the city and key amenities?

    Port Nikau is in central Whangārei, with primary, intermediate, secondary and tertiary institutions all within 5 kilometres. It’s just 9 kilometres to Whangārei Airport and 5 kilometres to Whangārei Hospital. The nearest supermarket and shopping centre is less than 3 kilometres away.

  • Is Port Nikau easy to access?

    Yes. Port Nikau is less than 5 kilometres off State Highway 1 and less than 4 kilometres to Whangārei’s CBD. It’s just 9 kilometres by road from Whangārei Airport and can also easily be accessed by boat, with deep water marine facilities available.

  • Can you cycle to the central city from Port Nikau?

    Yes, it’s an easy flat ride into Whangārei city, taking 10 to 15 minutes. The Port Road bridge has recently been upgraded to allow a bike path to the central city, making the journey safer and easier. Port Road connects to the Town Basin, Hatea Loop and a shared cycleway to the Waimahanga Track and Onerahi.

  • What facilities are planned for Port Nikau in the future?

    Seeking inspiration from around the world, Port Nikau has designed a Masterplan for the development that will include quality residential precincts, a village centre, entertainment and recreational areas, and business and commercial precincts, all guided by the Urban Design Protocol to create a quality urban design. 

    Port Nikau will support our region’s economic development by meeting community demand for high quality social urban living; inner-city green spaces; community facilities for walking and cycling; retirement residences; and retail and commercial activity. 

    The development will also include a marine precinct which will offer three piers and a boat ramp dedicated to recreational vessels.

    The PNDA Masterplan includes a boutique town centre that will provide residents with everyday conveniences such as groceries, health and wellness, and personal services.

  • Is Port Nikau built on reclaimed land?

    Yes, much of the Whangārei CBD and lower Port Road area is built on land reclaimed by the Harbour Board in the 1960s. The land has had over 60 years to settle and consolidate. All buildings and developments are preceded by in-depth engineering investigations and solutions to ensure appropriate ground conditions – and council engineering standards – can be met for the planned residential and/or commercial investments.

  • What about climate change, sea level rise and flood management?

    Port Nikau subdivisions are designed according to the latest climate change and flood management recommendations from the Northland Regional Council and Whangārei District Council. Recommendations meet engineering best practice standards and are designed to allow for a 100-year sea level rise event.

  • What is the PNDA?

    The Port Nikau Development Area (PNDA) is a bespoke zone in the Whangārei District Plan, a ‘Development Area’ as defined by the National Planning Standards. 

    The PNDA is a fully developed urban waterfront environment, designed for 1,200 homes plus retail, commercial and public open spaces. The plans set out the street, pedestrian and open space networks and include building layouts and typologies.

    The PNDA includes a small retail and commercial area designed to provide basic amenities to the local community. Development in accordance with the PNDA plans is a permitted activity (no consent required), except for subdivision which is a controlled activity. 

    The permitted activity status for compliance with the PNDA plans provides certainty for developers, while variations from the plans can still be achieved through the resource consent process.

  • What is the timing of the residential development?

    Large-scale development is planned for Port Nikau in the next five to ten years. In late 2021 the Master Plan for Port Nikau was finalised, highlighting the key development stages and a detailed breakdown of the features of the 100-hectare development.

    Construction for Stage 1A Residential Sections started in September 2022, and Stage 1B Residential Sections and Waterfront Apartments in 2024-25.

  • What sort of residential homes will be available?

    There will be options from standalone housing, terraced houses and apartments to choose from.

  • What will waterfront apartments be like?

    The waterfront apartments at Port Nikau will enjoy a prime location, overlooking the stunning Whangārei Harbour and superyacht marina at Eastpoint Road, within easy walking distance of the Port Nikau town centre and everyday amenities.

    The first waterfront development is at the concept stage, providing 18 apartments being designed and developed, with construction planned for 2024 at the earliest. 

    We encourage those interested to register to keep updated on their progress.

  • What are the current local amenities?
    • Walking and cycle tracks (these are constantly being extended)
    • Marinas (for recreational, commercial and superyachts), including full marina facilities
    • Boat ramp
    • Storage units

Register Your Interest

If you are interested in residential building opportunities in Stage 1A and Stage 1B, please provide your details and one of the Port Nikau team will be in touch.

We are looking to collaborate with developers, housing companies, businesses and individuals who recognise the unique urban waterfront living opportunity Port Nikau will provide.
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