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Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path

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.

Project status

Section 4 (Ōrākei Basin to Tāmaki Drive) consultation

Consultation on the design for Section 4 closed on Monday, 6 September 2021.

What happens next?

We’ll consider all the feedback we receive, and:

  • use it to help finalise the design for Section 4.
  • Share a summary of the feedback we received and the outcome of the consultation

What did we consult on? – Find out more about the design for Section 4 here.

Project overview

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.

Map showing the 4 stages of the Glen Innes to Tamaki shared path.
Image: Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path route map.


  • Safe and convenient for people on foot or on the bike.
  • 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.

Project progress

  • 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: consultation - detailed 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.

We aim to complete the remaining two sections (2 and 4) as quickly as possible. 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 the Section 4 boardwalk and bridge will depend on the duration of the consenting phase, which will begin after our community consultation is completed. 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.

Section 1 - Merton Road to St Johns Road

Since opening in December 2016, this section is drawing a weekly average of 800 trips by people on bikes and on foot.

Glen Innes Shared Path Section 1 Map

Section 2 - St Johns Road to Ōrākei Basin

Glen Innes Shared Path Section2


Enabling work started mid-August and has included preparing sites for construction, vegetation removal, and the formation of haul roads and site compounds. Vegetation removal, as part of our enabling works, is timed to cause minimal disruption to our local fauna so will take place outside of birds breeding season.

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.

Watch the videos about the construction process of Section 2 on the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency website.

Read the details about the construction to find answers to your questions (PDF 458KB).

Section 2 - boardwalk section running parallel to the eastern rail line in Pourewa Valley, Meadowbank.
Section 2 - boardwalk section running parallel to the eastern rail line in Pourewa Valley, Meadowbank.

Design for section 2

The design for Section 2 has been finalised following feedback from the community (PDF 3MB), received late 2018, and lessons-learnt on Sections 1 and 3 and through the consenting process with Council. We learnt on Section 3 (Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk) that the community prefers a balustrade design that provides the best possible view of the surrounding area, and on Section 1 that closely spaced landings can give a bumpy ride for people on bikes.

We also know the community is interested in the positioning of the path and connections to it, as well as the landings (flat sections of the path) and other design aspects. We have included this information and details about other design aspects below. We have provided illustrations, maps, and cross-sections to give people a good idea of how the shared path will look and where it will be positioned.

Purewa cemetery
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:

Section 3 - Ōrākei Basin boardwalk

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.

Section 4 - Ōrākei Basin to Tāmaki Drive

GI to Tamaki Dr Shared Path section 4 map

Consultation on the design for Section 4 closed on Monday, 6 September 2021.

Your views are being considered by us before we finalise the design and apply for consent.  

We will be applying for consent for the sections of the path that follow the road (see map below) so that we can start work on these sections earlier, with the aim of delivering these sections to align with the opening of Section 2 (mid-2022). This will give people a convenient and safe connection to Ōrākei Road and on to Tāmaki Drive before Section 4 fully opens.

The Resource Consent for the bridge and boardwalk will be notified, which means that people will be able to have their say as part of this process as well. If consent is granted and depending on any conditions imposed, it is estimated that the bridge and boardwalk will take 14 months to construct.

Section 4 - design information

We’ve been working closely with our Mana Whenua project partners and key stakeholders including Ōrākei Local Board, Bike Auckland and some of the property owners close to the path route. Through our work with these stakeholders, we:

  • have ensured recreational water access is retained.
  • are ensuring the shared path through Whakatakataka Reserve (where the pathway
  • connects to Ngapipi Road) complements Ōrākei Local Board and Auckland Council aspirations to restore the reserve.
  • will ensure the boatsheds remain accessible, and safety for path and shed users are provided.
  • have designed the overwater section (boardwalk and bridge) for sea-level rise.
  • have sought to minimise the size of the boardwalk and bridge, and design it in a way so that it complements the natural environment.

We have also reflected feedback received from consultations on other sections of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive 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 to the surrounding area and natural environment.
  • 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.

Hobson Photosim

Section 4 route and design map with pull outs

Download the above image in PDF

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.

rest area

Section 4 from Ngapipi Rd

Boardwalk design

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.

You can view the full design pack here

Boardwalk detail

Connecting to Ngapipi Road

The boardwalk will connect to Whakatakataka Reserve and a shared path will follow on through Whakatakataka Reserve to Ngapipi Road.

  • Positioned along the coastline edge to retain usable space within the reserve
  • Water access via a separate ramp
  • Any trees removed will be replaced and supplemented with native planting
  • Surface markings and speed calming alert path users to take care as pedestrians and cyclists may enter from opposite directions.

Whakatakataka Reserve

The pathway following Ngapipi Road and Ōrākei Road

Safety on Ōrākei Road and connection to Section 3 (Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk)

This area is becoming increasingly busy, with new places to shop, eat and visit for entertainment. Many people are choosing to visit on foot or by bike, and students also travel through the area to catch buses or the train. Pedestrian crossings and traffic lights at the intersection at the Orākei Train Station park and ride will make the area safer and more accessible for everyone.

Orakei Road

The shared path will follow the road in two locations:

  1. Ōrākei Road, from approximately Ōrākei Bay Village to Purewa Bridge, and
  2. Ngapipi Road, from Whakatakataka Reserve to Tāmaki Drive.

The footpaths will be widened to about 4.0m. There is enough available space to do this without impacting the road width or changing vehicle lane widths. A 600mm flush safety buffer of textured /coloured concrete will run along the edge of the shared path, acting as a visual cue to encourage people away from the roadside. The arrangement will be slightly different outside the boatsheds on Ngapipi Road, where a parking bay for shed users and visitors will sit next to the shared path. Here, the buffer will ensure people avoid the dooring zone – see below for more information.

Section 1

The shared path next to the boatsheds

The heritage-listed boatsheds on Ngapipi Road are iconic. It is important to maintain ongoing access to the sheds can continue to be used for boating activities. We have been working closely with shed leaseholders to understand how they use the area so that the path design safely accommodates both shed and path users.

Design features:

  • 2.6m-wide parking bay.
  • 0.6m-wide flush dooring buffer between the parking bay and shared path.
  • The road will be shifted slightly closer to the cliff line, but lane widths will remain similar.

Some tree trimming and tree removal will be required

Section 2

You can view the full design pack here

Planting and restoration

Any vegetation removed along the project length as a result of our works will be replaced and supplemented with representative native species to enhance the quality and diversity of habitat and support native wildlife. Mana whenua and Auckland Council will assist with plant selection. Our plans have also been designed to support Ōrākei Local Board and Auckland Council plans to restore Whakatakataka Reserve.

The route for Section 4

View from East

The reasons this route was identified as providing the best outcomes include:

  • There are opportunities for future connections to be built due to proximity to adjacent roads/land.
  • It gives Ōrākei residents access to the path (via Whakatakataka Reserve).
  • It safely connects to new and existing walking and cycling facilities on Tāmaki Drive via a signalised intersection with Ngapipi Road.
  • It is convenient for both recreational users and commuters.
  • Low gradients can be achieved, making it user friendly and accessible.
  • It offers a scenic view of the coastline reserve and an opportunity to experience the bay and natural environment.
  • It is pleasant, offering shelter from wind and distance from rail traffic noise.

You can view the Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) report of alternative routes for Section 4.

You can download the consultation brochure PDF here

Section 4 (Ōrākei Basin to Tāmaki Drive) design consultation

Consultation on the design for Section 4 closed on Monday, 6 September 2021.

What happens next?

We’ll consider all the feedback we receive, and:

  • Use it to help finalise the design for Section 4 before applying for consent.
  • Share a summary of the feedback we received and the outcome of the consultation with you.

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