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/construction
Section 4 (Ōrākei Basin to Tāmaki Drive) consultation
Consultation on the design for Section 4 closed on Monday, 6 September 2021. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. We have considered all of the feedback and used it to help finalise the design. You can learn more about the design, what people told us and read summary feedback report.
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.
- Section 1: Merton Road to St Johns Road: completed 2016.
- Section 2: St Johns Road to Ōrākei Basin: construction (completion mid-2022).
- Section 3: Ōrākei Basin boardwalk: completed July 2019.
- Section 4: Ōrākei Basin to Tāmaki Drive: consenting/construction
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.
Section 2 is expected to open mid-2022 and we aim to complete section 4 as quickly as possible.
The timeline to complete the Section 4 boardwalk and bridge will depend on the duration of the consenting phase, which will begin early next year. 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
With Section 2 opening mid-2022, we expect an increase in the number of people using the shared path. To give people a convenient and safe connection to Tāmaki Drive before Section 4 fully opens, we are aiming to complete the sections of the path from Ōrākei Basin to Purewa Bridge and on Ngapipi Road sooner. To deliver this work earlier we will apply for consent separately. We are also investigating interim improvements for people on bikes on Ngapipi Road.
Work starting January
Work on the section of path between Ōrākei Basin and Purewa Bridge will begin early in early January. Traffic will be slowed around our worksites, but no traffic lanes will be closed. If you are on foot or bike, please take care around our worksites and follow the wayfinding signage.
We appreciate your patience while our work is underway.
Since opening in December 2016, this section is drawing a weekly average of 800 trips by people on bikes and on foot.
Construction on Section 2 started mid-2020 and is expected to be completed by mid-2022. Read about construction progress and view photos and videos in our latest updates newsfeed on this web page.
Section 2 - boardwalk section running parallel to the eastern rail line in Pourewa Valley, Meadowbank.
Design for section 2
The design for Section 2 was finalised following feedback from the community (PDF 3MB), lessons-learnt on Sections 1 and 3 and through the consenting process with Council.
- Learn more about the construction timeline, methodology and path design from our info pack (PDF 3MB).
- Download the Ngā mahi toi (artworks) (PDF 1.8MB).
Section 2 rail bridge, viewed from Purewa Cemetery
Planting and restoration
Planting and restoration are an important part of the project. We have worked closely with Auckland Council and mana whenua to develop our planting plans, and our pest plant and weed eradication will support the restoration efforts of local community groups and the Ōrākei Local Board.
Detailed information about; the alignment of the path, bridges and boardwalk; the location of lighting and rest areas; and the planting; can be found in the following plans:
General arrangement plans:
- Route overview, location of artworks (PDF 4.4MB, 11 pages)
- St Heliers Bay Road- St Johns Road intersection (PDF 2.1MB)
- Kohimarama Road to top of Pourewa Valley (PDF 6.6MB)
- Pourewa Valley to Tahapa Reserve East (PDF 9.2MB)
- Tahapa Reserve East and West (PDF 7.5MB)
- Meadowbank Station to Ōrākei Basin (PDF 5MB).
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.
Consultation on the design for Section 4
In August, we asked for views on the proposed design for Section 4 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path. Thank you to everyone who gave feedback.
We heard from 355 people and more than 80% of people told us they like the design. This is a great result and reflects the care the team took to include key 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 Orakei 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, but 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.
Phasing delivery means that work can start earlier on the short sections of Section 4 that follow the road (along Ōrākei Road and Ngāpipi Road). This will give people a more convenient connection from Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk and to Tāmaki Drive before the boardwalk section opens.
Work in the Orakei Road area and the connection to the Orakei Basin Boardwalk will start in January. Traffic may be slowed where it passes our worksites, but no traffic lanes will be closed. If you are on foot or bike, please take care around the worksites and follow the wayfinding signage.
The timeline to complete the boardwalk depends on the duration of the consenting phase – which will start early next year - and any conditions imposed. Construction, which we estimate taking 14 months, can get underway if consent is granted.
Concrete deck formed at the gully bridge
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
- access for boatshed owners and safety for path shed users is provided
- 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