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 – completed, May 2022
- Section 3 – completed, July 2019
- Section 4 – consenting/construction
Section 4 (Ōrākei Basin to Tāmaki Drive) - the last link
With approximately 5km delivered, from Merton Road in Glen Innes right through to Ōrākei Basin, Section 4 is the remaining stage of the shared path and will connect people all the way to Tāmaki Drive.
Work has started on sections of the path which follow the road. This will provide a convenient, safe connection to Tāmaki Drive before Section 4 is fully open. The last stage to complete the path will be the spectacular 700m long bridge and boardwalk following the Hobson Bay coastline.
Find out more about Section 4 here.
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 the
- Good lighting will extend hours of access, particularly during the 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.
Completing the project
We know that the community is eager to see the path completed. We aim to complete Section 4 as quickly as possible.
The timeline to complete the boardwalk and bridge will depend on the duration of the consenting phase, which will begin shortly. Construction planning will get underway during the consenting phase so that if consent is granted, work can progress more quickly to complete the path. Construction of the boardwalk and bridge is estimated to take 14 months
To give people a convenient and safe connection to Tāmaki Drive before Section 4 fully opens, we will complete the sections of the path from Ōrākei Basin to Purewa Bridge and on Ngapipi Road sooner. To deliver this work earlier we applied for consent separately. We are also investigating interim improvements for people on bikes on Ngapipi Road.
Since opening in December 2016, this section is drawing a weekly average of 800 trips by people on bikes and on foot.
Section 2 has opened, closing the gap between two already open sections of pathway, giving people on foot and wheels an uninterrupted 5km of the full 7km route.
Work to be completed on section 2:
Between Purewa Road and Ōrākei Basin
When exploring Section 2, you may notice a short section (about 100m) of the path which is yet to be completed. When we began construction in 2020, there was already a team working in this area on some new apartment buildings alongside Purewa Road.
Rather than clogging the area with multiple construction projects at the same time, we agreed to come back and complete this section later, once the building construction had been completed.
This section will include a 4m wide concrete path and is planned to be completed before the end of this year.
Wayfinding is still to be implemented across section 2. It will include directional signage to make getting around the shared path easier.
We will be leading this to ensure it aligns with wayfinding across Auckland’s walking and cycling network. It's planned to be installed before the end of this year.
Completed July 2019. This involved widening the existing boardwalk (while keeping it open for use) to 4.5m, installing new skid resistant surfacing and a new balustrade lighting to extend the hours of use. Watch the video about this section.
Work has started
We are consenting and constructing Section 4 (Ōrākei Basin to Tāmaki Drive) in 3 sections, so we can complete the sections following Ōrākei Road and Ngapipi Road sooner.
From June to late 2022 you will see our crews at work constructing the path between:
- Ngapipi Road, from outside the historic boatsheds to Whakatakataka Reserve
- Ōrākei Road, between 236 Ōrākei Road (Ōrākei Bay Village) and Purewa Bridge
On Ngapipi Road we are:
- Widening the existing footpath to a 4.0m wide shared path (this will be done without impacting vehicle lane widths)
- Realigning the road by the boatsheds to make more room to include the shared path, while retaining the shed parking bay
- Realigning existing stormwater systems
- Undertaking tree trimming and some vegetation removal, including removing pest plants
- Replacing plants removed and supplementing planting with representative native species to enhance the quality and diversity of habitat and support native wildlife.
Image: Cross section of shared path next to Ōrākei Road and Ngapipi Road
In the Ōrākei Road area we are:
- Widening existing footpaths to a 4.0m wide shared path
- Constructing a new path and 2 mobility car parking spaces beside the driveway at 236 Ōrākei Road (Ōrākei Bay Village)
- Installing pedestrian crossings and traffic lights at the intersection of Ōrākei Road and the Ōrākei Train Station car park. This will give people on foot and bikes a safe place to cross this busy road and make traffic movement safer.
Work will be staggered, and you will see our crews working in different areas at different times. Our work hours are Monday to Saturday, 7am to 6.30pm.
Business as usual
The driveway to Ōrākei Bay Village shops, restaurants, Plant Barn, Pool Doctor and other businesses will remain open during this work.
Please take care around our worksites and follow the directions of the site traffic supervisors.
Consultation on the design for Section 4
In August 2021, we asked for views on the design for Section 4. Thank you to everyone who gave feedback.
We heard from 355 people. More than 80% of people told us that they like the design. This is a great result and reflects the care taken to include stakeholder feedback and community feedback from other sections of the path into the design process.
The most mentioned topics or key themes in the feedback were:
- Build a connection to the path from Kepa Road roundabout
- Prioritise path users at the Ōrākei Train Station (Ōrākei Road)
- Ensure good sightlines
- Please hurry up and build it
- This path will be a great community asset
- The design looks safe
- I like the design aesthetic
- Please separate users or widen the path
A connection at Kepa Road roundabout is not in scope of this project, however, the bridge/ boardwalk is being designed and built so that it is future proofed for a connection here.
We will also investigate scope for widening the path following Ngapipi Road (excluding where it runs past the boatsheds where space is limited). The boardwalk is 4.5m wide and will not be widened further. Being a shared path, we expect people to use it with care and travel at speeds that respect other users.
The boardwalk balustrade
Community feedback received through this consultation and other sections of the path – including the Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk - has highlighted the importance of a low (1.2m) and more permeable (or ‘see through’) balustrade, so people can take in views of the surrounding environment. We received very positive feedback about the design, including about it being sympathetic and fitting with the environment. To avoid any doubt or surprises when construction starts, we will build a prototype balustrade and display this locally.
We were asked during the consultation to show how the balustrade permeability compares with the Section 3 balustrade, so we produced a pack giving more detail about the design.
Section 4 - design information
We’ve worked closely with our Mana Whenua project partners and key stakeholders including Ōrākei Local Board and Bike Auckland. Through our work with these stakeholders, we ensured the design:
- Retains recreational water access
- Complements Ōrākei Local Board and Auckland Council aspirations to restore Whakatakataka Reserve
- Provides access for boatshed owners and safety for path shed users
- Considers sea-level rise
- Minimises the size of the boardwalk and bridge, and complements the natural environment.
We have also reflected feedback received from consultations on other sections of the shared path. We know it is important to the community that:
- Lighting is unobtrusive (while still illuminating the path safety)
- We preserve views from the path
- People are kept safe with surfaces that minimise the risk of slipping
- The balustrade height is kept low, while still being safe
- Curves are smooth for cyclists
- A rest area is provided.
Bird's eye view of Section 4
Unless you get out in the bay to paddleboard or kayak, you probably won’t have seen the beautiful coastline up-close. Take a moment to watch our video to get a glimpse of what it will be like to travel along this path.
Ngā mahi toi – recognising Mana Whenua values
Cultural markers (pou) will be positioned in significant locations to tell important Mana Whenua narratives of this place. Developed in collaboration with Mana Whenua and artist Graham Tipene, they will provide wayfinding and cultural interpretation points along the pathway. The pou will include integrated carved creative expressions with backlighting and interpretive information.
The bridge and boardwalk will comprise a concrete deck and timber and steel balustrades with LED downlighting in the handrail.
To determine the alignment of the boardwalk in Hobson Bay, we have considered user comfort, the potential impact on neighbours, marine traffic, water access and use, environmental impact and sea-level rise.
Subtle materials, finishes and design details have been selected to naturally complement the coastal landscape and its curved form.
For more information on this project