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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 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.
  • Section 3: Orakei Basin boardwalk: in construction.
  • 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

Public engagement

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 and attracted 293 submissions.

You can read the public feedback report (PDF 3MB), including an analysis of feedback and our responses.

We will use the feedback to help us finalise the design. We will share the final design with all submitters once completed.

Section 3 - Ōrākei Basin boardwalk

Public engagement

The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport undertook two rounds of community consultation about a replacement balustrade for Section 3 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path between September and December 2018.

We received a strong message from the community in the first round of consultation that they believe a height of 1.2 metres is appropriate for the boardwalk handrail and we are pleased to be able to provide this on this section of the path.

Following the second round of feedback the design and materials of a replacement balustrade for the Orakei Basin boardwalk has been selected.

The balustrade that has been selected (pictured below), from two options, comprises a mix of metal and wood, with thin metal slats to provide the best visibility of the surrounding area. This option received 67% of votes (156 votes) from the 233 people overall who took part in the survey.

Option A - balustrade Orakei Basin web

Read what people said in the first round of consultation in the summary report (PDF 2.2 MB, 21 pages).

See the results of the second round of consultation (PDF 198KB).

Next steps

We are now focused on getting the new balustrade manufactured and installed as soon as possible so that this section of the path can be fully open for everyone to enjoy.

The boardwalk is expected to be finished by the middle of 2019. The NZ Transport Agency and AT are grateful to the public for their feedback and also for their patience while the work is undertaken to complete this section of the path.

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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