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

Auckland Transport (AT) and the NZ Transport Agency are creating a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians 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. The path will be built in 4 stages.

Project status

Project zone: East/Central

Consultation on the design for Section 2 and the replacement balustrade design for Section 3 closed on Friday, 9 November.

What happens next

  • AT and the NZ Transport Agency will carefully consider all the feedback received.
  • Once all feedback has been assessed and other investigations are completed, we will provide a report on the feedback received for both Sections, the outcomes and outline the next steps.
  • The reports will be available on the AT and NZ Transport Agency websites and we will contact all submitters who provided us with their contact details.
  • A decision on the replacement balustrade for Section 3 will be made by 21 December 2018.

What we consulted on

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

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path map

Image: Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path route map.


  • 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.
  • 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: late 2015 to late 2016 (completed).
  • Section 2: St Johns Road to Ōrākei Basin: design and consultation.
  • Section 3: Orakei Basin boardwalk: in construction/consultation.
  • Section 4: Orakei Basin to Tamaki Drive: in investigation stage. Design and community feedback will follow.

Due to the complexity of the project, the work programme for completing the whole shared path has been extended, with Sections 2 and 4 not expected to be completed before the end of 2021.

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

GI to Tamaki construction section map September 2017

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

AT and the NZ Transport Agency sought feedback on the proposed design for Section 2, which travels from St Johns Road through Pourewa Valley to Orakei Basin. The consultation ran from 15 October to 9 November 2018.

Section 2 will comprise a mix of concrete paths, boardwalks and concrete bridges and be approximately 4m wide along the entire route.

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path map

Connecting to Section 1

We are proposing several improvements to make it safer for people to cross St Johns Road and St Heliers Bay Road, and to access the shared path, including:

  • Installing a raised cyclist-pedestrian crossing across the slip lane on St Heliers Bay Road.
  • Increasing the size of the traffic island to provide more room for pedestrians and people on bikes.
  • Widening the footpath at the intersection on the western side of St Johns Road.

The slip lane at the top of St Heliers Bay Road will be realigned slightly to make room for a larger island.

Glenn Innes to Tamaki Driver

Pourewa Valley to Meadowbank Train Station

Concrete path

To ensure the path is accessible to everyone, where it passes through steep terrain, flat sections (landings) will provide a break in the uphill gradient.

We listened to feedback about the spacing between landings on Section 1 and have designed longer, more widely-spaced landings for Section 2. This should provide a smoother ride for people on bikes and people using mobility aids.

Where possible, we will also widen each landing out to one side to provide a space for people to stop out of the path of other users - and on some of the landings we will install seating.

At the top of the valley, a post-and-wire fence will be installed along the boundary with Meadowbank Pony Club.

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Section 2

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Section 2 Post and Wire detail


One of the options we are investigating is installing sections of boardwalk along the bottom of Pourewa Valley. We are currently confirming the feasibility of this option. Any boardwalk structure is likely to be timber framed, with timber balustrades and hardwood handrails. Slip resistance, grip and durability are important in this environment, given the high volume of people on bikes anticipated to use the path daily. The structures and surfacing must also be strong enough to carry maintenance vehicles.

For these reasons, we are investigating the use of fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) decking panels and other options on top of the timber frame.

Section 2 Boardwalk

Section 2 Boardwalk - detail


There will be a bridge across a small gully in the reserve and another across the railway lines. Both bridges will have concrete decks and dark grey steel balustrades with contrasting hardwood handrails. The balustrades will be angled inwards slightly to prevent bike pedals and handle bars from catching.

Section 2 Bridge - overview

Section 2 Bridge - detail


Lighting is important for safety and to extend the hours of use for the path, especially in winter. On the bridges and boardwalks, lighting is likely to be installed on the underside of the top railing. Next to the concrete path, lighting columns will be installed.

The lighting will be designed and angled to ensure minimal light spillage outside of the shared path.


The shared path will enhance connectivity to local sites of ecological value in Pourewa Valley and the surrounding reserves. The remnant coastal forest is already being restored by local community groups and we are playing our part to support their work.

Any vegetation lost as a result of site works will be replaced with representative native species to enhance quality and diversity of habitat, and to support indigenous wildlife. We will also carry out pest-plant and weed control to support the restoration. Iwi will assist us with plant selection and the local community may be invited to participate in carrying out restoration tasks.

Meadowbank Train Station to Ōrākei Basin

A concrete path will follow the railway line, pass under the existing pedestrian overbridge, and run past the train station and car park to Purewa Road.

It will then travel along the northern side of Purewa Road to Ōrākei Basin where it connects to Section 3. It is likely that around five car parking spaces at the western end of Purewa Road will need to be removed. We are investigating whether we can change the parking on the southern side of the road to angled parking, which will maximise parking within the remaining space.

We cannot position the path on the land on the northern side of Purewa Road, as this land is used for rail line maintenance work.

Maintenance vehicle crossing/shared space

The shared path will cross KiwiRail and Watercare access roads located at the basin end of the path. This is unavoidable, as we are unable to re-route the shared path or move the access points. However, we are working with Watercare and KiwiRail to ensure the design in this section creates the safest environment possible. We will:

  • Install a bollard(s) to prevent unauthorised vehicle access.
  • Use markings/surface treatments on the path to indicate the shared space.
  • Install signs to alert path users and maintenance people of each other’s presence.

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Maintenance access

Public engagement

We sought feedback on the proposed design to make sure the proposal meets the needs of locals and the different users of the area in the best possible way. 

The consultation closed on Friday, 9 November 2018.

We will:

  • Consider all feedback and use it to help refine the design.
  • Prepare and publish a report on the feedback received. The report will include any changes made to the proposed design following the feedback period.
  • If you provided your contact details when you gave us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available.

Section 3 - Ōrākei Basin boardwalk

Work to widen the existing boardwalk around Ōrākei Basin to 4.5m has begun.

The path will remain open while this work takes place, but at a reduced width, so please take care while walking and cycling near the construction area.

We have taken on board the feedback we have received about the new metal balustrade, and to ensure the boardwalk meets the expectations of the community when it is completed, we have reassessed it. The designs need to balance safety and building code requirements with meeting the needs of the community and various users of the path, as well as fitting with the local environment.
While we determine a replacement balustrade, work is continuing so that it can be fully reopened as soon as possible. This includes finishing the installation of the new decking. To do this it’s likely the existing wooden balustrade will need to be removed. If the new handrail designs have not been finalised by the time the decking has been completed we will re-install the existing wooden handrail to ensure the path can be reopened again as soon as possible. When the new design is agreed it will be used to replace both the wooden and the metal handrail.

LED lighting inside the wooden balustrade along the boardwalk will provide both a visual and practical function and extend the hours of use. The contractors will ensure all material from the work site in Ōrākei Basin is safely disposed of and run-off treated to reduce any environmental impact from construction.

GI to Tamaki Dr section 3 map

Options for a replacement balustrade

We have developed three indicative design options and presented them to the community for feedback. 

Balustrade height

We have now obtained approval to deviate from the design standard which could enable the balustrade height to be reduced from 1.4m to 1.2m high. This dispensation has been made for Section 3 only, as it has been specifically assessed as safe for people on bikes and people on foot with a 1.2m high balustrade.

At the lower height of 1.2m there is more flexibility around the type of balustrade that can be built for this section. When it was being designed for a height of 1.4m we needed to include metal in the design. At 1.2m high there is the flexibility to provide an entirely wooden balustrade if that is preferred by the community.

Current balustrade

This is the current metal balustrade to be replaced.

Section 3 - Current Railing

Style 1

This option consists of a timber top railing, timber posts and a metal infill. A gap will be created beneath the top railing to further allow ‘see through’. The metal infill will be either black or a shade of silver.

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Style 1

Style 2

This option consists of a timber top railing, metal posts and a metal infill. A gap will be created beneath the top railing to further allow ‘see through’.

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Style 2

Style 3

This option consists of a timber top railing, metal posts and a timber infill.

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Style 3

Public engagement

We will use your feedback to make a decision, and will accelerate the manufacture and installation of the new balustrade for both sides as quickly as possible.

The consultation closed on Friday, 9 November 2018.

We will:

  • Consider all feedback and use it to inform the design of the replacement balustrade.
  • We will make a decision on the new design by 21 December this year.
  • If you provided your contact details when you gave us feedback, we will notify you when the decision has been made. 

Section 4 - Ōrākei Basin to Tamaki Drive

AT and NZTA sought feedback on the preferred route for section 4 in 2017, and received a good support for the preferred route.

Download the public feedback and decisions report (PDF 1MB)

We received many suggestions and are using this to inform the design, which is currently underway. We will share the design with the community for feedback once the initial design is complete. 

GI to Tamaki Dr Shared Path section 4 map

The exact alignment of the route along the coastline is indicative at this stage. Further investigation during the design phase (underway) and public feedback will help us determine the best possible positioning.

Concept drawings

Boardwalk along the coastline in Ōrākei Bay

GI to Tamaki Dr section 4 artists impression

For more information on this project

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