Auckland Transport (AT) and the NZ Transport Agency are creating a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians from Merton Road near Glen Innes Station to Tamaki Drive - allowing you to walk, run or cycle from Auckland’s eastern suburbs to the Waitematā Harbour. The path will be built in 4 stages.
The Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path - Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai (the path of land and sea) is a joint project that will deliver a 7km-long path that connects Auckland’s eastern suburbs to the city centre.
The path will complete a missing link in Auckland’s cycle network and connect with cycle routes to Point England, the shared path along Tamaki Drive, and the Tamaki Drive Cycle Route.
The natural beauty and magnificent views along the route will appeal to people commuting into the city as well as those using the path for fitness and recreation.
Image: Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path route map.
- Safe and convenient for people on foot or on
- Good lighting will extend hours of access, particularly during winter months.
- The route’s geography is hilly in places, but the design of the path will keep gradients as low as possible.
- The path connects communities with public transport along the route.
- Community input will help shape aspects of the path.
- Section 1: Merton Road to St Johns Road: completed 2016.
- Section 2: St Johns Road to Ōrākei Basin: design.
- Section 3: Orakei Basin boardwalk: completed July 2019.
- Section 4: Orakei Basin to Tamaki Drive: design.
Construction of Section 2 and 4 are subject to funding approval. We anticipate that a funding decision will be made before the end of the first quarter of 2020.
In the meantime, we are still working on the final design aspects, consenting and other statutory approvals for Section 2 of the path so that if funding is secured, construction can commence as soon as possible. Preparation for lodging for Resource Consenting for Section 4 of the path is also being progressed. If funding is approved in 2020, the earliest construction will be completed, provided all consents and other agreements are obtained, is early 2023.
We appreciate that the community is eager to see the path completed. The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport are working closely together to progress the remaining sections of the path.
Since opening in December 2016, this section is drawing a weekly average of 800 trips by people on bikes and on foot.
AT and the NZ Transport Agency sought feedback on the proposed design for Section 2, which travels from St Johns Road through Pourewa Valley to Orakei Basin. The consultation ran from 15 October to 9 November 2018 and attracted 293 submissions.
You can read the public feedback report (PDF 3MB), including an analysis of feedback and our responses.
We will use the feedback to help us finalise the design. We will share the final design with all submitters once completed.
Construction of Section 2 will not start later this year as originally anticipated. The delivery of Sections 2 and 4 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path are subject to funding approval by the funding partners, AT and NZTA. We anticipate that a funding decision will be made before the end of the first quarter of 2020.
In the meantime, we are still working on the final design aspects, consenting and other statutory approvals to get Section 2 construction ready. If funding is approved, it is expected that construction will progress in the first half of 2020 (subject to finalisation of statutory approvals and procurement).
Section 3 was fully completed in July 2019. This involved widening the existing boardwalk (while keeping it open for use) to 4.5metres, installing new skid resistant surfacing and a new balustrade with handrail lighting. The lighting has extended the hours of use of the boardwalk. Please watch the video about this recently completed section.
AT and NZTA sought feedback on the preferred route for section 4 in 2017, and received a good support for the preferred route.
We received many suggestions and are using this to inform the design, which is currently underway. We will share the design with the community for feedback once the initial design is complete.
The delivery of Sections 2 and 4 are subject to funding approval by the funding partners (AT and NZTA) and we anticipate that a funding decision will be before the end of the first quarter of 2020. In the meantime, we are still progressing Section 4 of the path, to get this section ready to apply for Resource Consent and get construction ready.
The exact alignment of the route along the coastline is indicative at this stage. Further investigation during the design phase (underway) and public feedback will help us determine the best possible positioning.
Boardwalk along the coastline in Ōrākei Bay
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