Learn how you can ride Te Ara I Whiti, the pink lightpath, and the Nelson Street cycleway, from Upper Queen Street to Victoria Street.
About this route
Te Ara I Whiti and the Nelson Street cycleway are off-road paths in the central city, separated from traffic.
Te Ara I Whiti, the lightpath, is a magenta-coloured path along the Nelson Street off-ramp, which includes a string of interactive lights along one side.
The paths offer a safe way of getting from Upper Queen Street, down the west side of busy Nelson Street, to Victoria Street West. There are plans to extend the cycleway down to Quay Street. Read more about the Nelson Street cycleway project.
The route provides access to:
- Architecturally designed Canada Street Bridge
- A drinking station to refill bottles.
- A 3m wide cycleway separated from general traffic.
Find the location of Te Ara i Whiti, the lightpath, and the Nelson Street cycleway on our central city cycle map (PDF 451KB) or find out how to get a copy of the central city cycle map.
You can join Te Ara I Whiti from Canada Street and from the motorway junction at Union Street.
You can enter the Nelson Street cycleway (phase 1) from these locations:
- The intersection of Union Street and Nelson Street (where Te Ara i Whiti, the lightpath ends).
- The intersection of Cook Street and Nelson Street.
- The intersection of Wellesley Street West and Nelson Street.
- The intersection of Victoria Street West and Nelson Street.
Who can use the route
Both cyclists, skaters, scooters and pedestrians may use Te Ara I Whiti, the light path.
The protected cycle lane down Nelson Street is for cyclists only and is a two-way cycleway.