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Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path

Auckland Transport (AT) and the NZ Transport Agency are creating a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians that will follow the eastern rail line 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.

Project status: Construction.
Project zone: East.

Project overview

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 be constructed in 4 stages between 2015 and 2018. This staged approach and the 2 organisations sharing resources means the project will be efficient and cost-effective.

The path will complete a missing link in Auckland’s cycle network and connect with cycle routes to Point England and the shared path along Tamaki Drive.

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.

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path map


  • 4-metre wide (approximately) path constructed mostly in concrete. Timber boardwalks will be used for short water crossings such as Orakei Basin, and concrete for longer structures such as the proposed Hobson Bay crossing.
  • Safe and convenient for people on foot or on bike.
  • 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.
  • Path design will link into local communities and the project will identify future links that could be built at a later date.
  • The path connects communities with public transport along the route.
  • Community input will help shape aspects of the path.

Project planning and construction

Construction of section 1 began in October 2015. The whole project is scheduled to be completed in late 2018.

Construction timeline

  • Section 1: Merton Road to St Johns Road: late 2015 to late 2016 (completed).
  • Section 2: St Johns Road to Orakei Basin: mid 2017 to mid 2018.
  • Section 3: Orakei Basin boardwalk: mid 2017 to early 2018.
  • Section 4: Orakei Basin to Tamaki Drive: late 2017 to late 2018.

Dividing the route into sections recognises the different consenting and construction challenges of each.

AT will apply to Auckland Council for the consents required to further develop the designs for each section and begin construction. We will apply for consents at several stages during the project. Once consents are obtained, the design will be developed and refined for construction.

The consents needed to construct some sections of the path may be publicly notified. This means that you can have a say on the application.

Map of the construction sections of Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path

GI to Tamaki construction section map March 2017

Section 1 - Merton Road to St Johns Road

Opened December 2016.

Glen Innes Shared Path Section 1 Map

Section 2 - St Johns Road to Orakei Basin

Construction expected in mid 2017 to mid 2018.

Glen Innes Shared Path Section2

Section 3 - Orakei Basin boardwalk

Construction expected in mid 2017 to late 2017.

Map of section 3 Orakei Basin boardwalk

Section 4 - Orakei Basin to Tamaki Drive

Eight options to link the path with Tamaki Drive have been assessed by AT and NZTA. In determining the options, a number of factors have been considered that take account of safety, encroachment on private land, environmental and heritage considerations, and maximising public amenity by creating a path that is pleasant and easy to commute.

Three options are being taken forward for further investigation that will include geotechnical study and value engineering. We expect to seek public feedback on a preferred option in mid 2017.

Construction is expected late 2017 to late 2018.

Documents / maps for section 4

GI to Tamaki Dr section 4 map

Concept drawings

Looking towards the city from Tahapa Reserve

Glen Innes Shared Path Towards City From Tahapa Reserve

A wider boardwalk across Orakei Basin

Glen Innes Shared Path Boardwalk Across Orakei Basin

A bridge crosses Purewa Stream as the path descends towards Meadowbank Station

A bridge crosses Purewa Stream as the path descends towards Meadowbank Station

Path designs

Public engagement

2016 open days

Before continuing the path through Meadowbank and Orakei in late 2016, we shared our plans with the community.

We the community to meet the project team and view the path designs for the next phase at 2 open days.

In late April, Auckland Council will publicly notify our applications to build the Meadowbank and Orakei sections. Feedback on the applications can be made at this time.


Feedback on the path closed on 19 December 2014. We further developed the path route and design for section one (Merton Road to St Johns Road).

AT received 127 submissions, with a majority giving positive feedback on the project.

Comments focussed on the way in which the path improves connectivity to the city and links with public transport along the way. 

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport