Auckland Transport (AT) and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are creating a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians from Merton Road near Glen Innes Station to Tāmaki 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.
- Section 1 – completed, 2016
- Section 2 – construction
- Section 3 – completed, July 2019
- Section 4 – consenting and design
The Glen Innes to Tāmaki 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 Tāmaki Drive, and the Tāmaki 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 Tāmaki 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: construction.
- Section 3: Ōrākei Basin boardwalk: completed July 2019.
- Section 4: Ōrākei Basin to Tāmaki Drive: consenting and design.
We appreciate that the community is eager to see the path completed. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport are working closely together to progress the remaining sections of the path.
Funding has been approved to complete the remaining two sections (2 and 4) and we aim to deliver these at approximately the same time by the end of 2022. This will provide a safe, continuous connection all the way to Tāmaki Drive and means that more people can use the shared path for journeys into the city centre and beyond.
The timeline to complete Section 4 will depend on the duration of the consenting phase and feedback submitted to Auckland Council during the consent process, and any other council conditions. We are doing what we can to get construction-ready, including completing the detailed design at the same time as seeking resource consent. The community will have the opportunity to help shape design aspects of Section 4 through a consultation process later in the year.
Since opening in December 2016, this section is drawing a weekly average of 800 trips by people on bikes and on foot.
Tendering for the construction contract for this section got underway in January, so if funding was secured construction work could start quickly. We expect to award a contract in April and work will start shortly after that.
We will know more about the construction timeline once we have a construction partner on board and will hold open days for the community to meet the team and learn more about the construction phase. We will also post the design plans here. The design is being finalised following feedback from the community (PDF 3MB), received late 2018.
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 section.
We are lodging for Resource Consent to construct Section 4. This will be a notified consent and Auckland Council will contact anyone they think is directly affected by the proposal and anyone can have a chance to have their say. You can learn more about this process on the Auckland Council website. We will provide an update when the feedback process has started.
For Section 4, we will deliver the path more quickly by doing the detailed design, including consulting on this, at the same time we seek resource consent so that we can get started on construction as quickly as possible. The community will have the opportunity to help shape design aspects of the path through this process later in the year.
The exact alignment of the route along the coastline is indicative at this stage. Further investigation during the detailed 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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