Auckland Transport

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. The path will be built in 4 stages.

Project status: Consultation closed 8 October 2017.
Project zone: East/Central.

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, 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.


  • 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 Ōrākei Basin: early 2018 to late 2018.
  • Section 3: Orakei Basin boardwalk: mid 2017 to early 2018.
  • Section 4: Orakei Basin to Tamaki Drive: early 2018 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 September 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 Ōrākei Basin

Construction expected in early 2018 to late 2018.

Glen Innes Shared Path Section2

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. A slip-resistant surface will be applied to the wooden boardwalk for walking and cycling in wet weather.

LED lighting inside the wooden handrail 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.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2018.

GI to Tamaki Dr section 3 map

Section 4 - Ōrākei Basin to Tamaki Drive

From 11 September to 8 October 2017, AT and NZTA sought feedback on the preferred route for section 4. We will consider all feedback and use it to help refine the proposal.

The route starts at Ōrākei Basin near the new Orakei Bay Village development, crosses the Orakei Road bridge and follows the eastern edge of Hobson Bay on a structure, completely separate to Ngapipi Road. It joins Ngapipi Road just south of the boat sheds and provides a safe connection to Tamaki Drive at the Ngapipi Road intersection, that will soon become signalised with traffic lights.

GI to Tamaki Dr Shared Path section 4 map

The alignment of the route along the coastline is indicative at this stage. Further investigation and public feedback will help us determine the best possible positioning.

Benefits of the route

  • Provides an opportunity to experience Hobson Bay, with scenic views of the bay and coastline reserve.
  • Offers shelter from wind and is distanced from rail traffic and noise.
  • Safe, convenient connection to cycling facilities on Tamaki Drive for recreational users and commuters (see local connections).
  • Provides opportunities to build future connections and is easier to access by surrounding communities.
  • Attraction for tourists and visitors from other parts of Auckland.

Proposed features

  • Approximately 4m wide.
  • For shared use by people on foot and bike.
  • Easy/low gradients for ease of use and accessibility.
  • Fully separated from traffic.
  • Good lighting will extend hours of access, particularly during winter months.

Community input will help shape these aspects of the path.

Local connections

This section of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path will improve access to Ōrākei Train Station, Orakei Bay Village, Tamaki Drive, and the city centre by connecting to:

  • Section 3 of the shared path (this route is about 745m longer than routes along the train line for city-bound users, but provides a much better connection for those wanting to travel east from the Tamaki Dr-Ngapipi Rd intersection).
  • Tamaki Drive existing cycle facilities east of Ngapipi Road intersection.
  • the Tamaki Drive Cycle Route (design revised following public consultation) via Ngapipi Road intersection.

It will also provide a traffic-free route from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive for cyclists, providing another travel option from the eastern suburbs into Auckland city and the waterfront.

Work under way at the Tamaki Drive-Ngapipi Road intersection will allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross over Tamaki Drive and connect to other routes in the area.

See a map of the programme of improvements in the area (PDF 172KB)


For the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, and during construction, we will need to prune some trees with low-hanging branches along the coastline from Orakei Road Bridge. No trees are expected to be removed.

Route evaluation process

Eight options to link the path with Tamaki Drive were assessed by AT and NZTA, taking 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 were then taken forward for further, independent investigation, including geotechnical study and value engineering, to identify a preferred route.

Concept drawings

Boardwalk along the coastline in Ōrākei Bay

GI to Tamaki Dr section 4 artists impression

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

Have your say

From 11 September to 8 October 2017, we sought feedback on our preferred route for Section 4 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

We will consider all feedback and use it to help refine the proposal. We will prepare and publish a report on the feedback received and any changes made to the proposal following the feedback period. If you have provided your contact details when you gave us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available.

Path designs

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