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Nelson Street Cycleway Nelson Street Cycleway

Nelson Street Cycleway will link the Upper Queen Street bridge to Quay Street via a shared path and separated cycle lanes. The cycleway will be built in 3 phases.

Project status:
Phase 1: Complete.
Phase 2: Complete.
Phase 3: Under review.

Project zone: Central.

Project overview

Nelson Street Cycleway will form a crucial part of the cycle network in Auckland, connecting the shared off-road pedestrian and cycling path on Upper Queen Street to the waterfront at Quay Street.

The cycleway is a mixture of shared pedestrian and cycling paths, cycle path and one-way and two-way on-road cycle lanes separated from the general traffic by raised buffer islands.

Phases and milestones

  • Phase 1: Link from Upper Queen Street to Nelson Street via Canada Street; new bridge to the old Nelson Street off-ramp. Opened 3 December 2015.
  • Phase 2: Cycleway running on both sides of Nelson Street from Victoria Street West to Fanshawe Street and on Market Place to Pakenham Street East. The phase also includes a cycling facility along Pitt Street between Beresford Square and Hobson Street. Consultation on design closed October 2015. Work completed December 2017.
  • Phase 3: Completing the cycleway and the central city cycle loop via Customs Street West/Market Place to Quay Street. This phase is currently under review.

Route map

See a route map of the cycleway phases (PDF 211KB)


  • Links with the Northwestern cycle route, Grafton Gully and the waterfront, creating a walking and cycling spine along the western side of the CBD.
  • Provides a key transport route into and around the city, part of a new network of cycleways planned for the city centre.
  • Helps make urban cycling a safer and more attractive transport choice.
  • Supports increased numbers of people choosing to cycle to the city for work, education or recreation activities (increasingly important due to the major improvements proposed in the city in the coming years).
  • Provides thousands of local residents with better travel options within the city (over the last decade, Auckland's CBD has become one of the most densely populated parts of the country).
  • Suitable for cyclists with a variety of confidence levels.

Find out more about AT's cycling and walking programme.

Phase 1: Upper Queen Street to Nelson Street link and new bridge

Phase 1 links Upper Queen Street to Nelson Street via Canada Street and a new bridge to the old Nelson Street off-ramp. The cycleway continues down the west side of Nelson Street to its intersection with Victoria Street.

The new bridge and off-ramp are exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists.

Phase 1 of the cycleway (including Te Ara i Whiti - the Lightpath) opened on 3 December 2015.

Phase 2: Nelson Street to Market Place and Beresford Square to Hobson Street

Pitt Street/Beresford Square to Hobson Street

Phase 2 comprises of two sections:

  • Nelson Street (from Victoria Street West) to Market Place just after the Pakenham Street East intersection.
  • Pitt Street/Beresford Square to Hobson Street.

Both sections were completed in December 2017. 

Phase 3: Nelson Street to Quay Street

This phase of the project is under review.

In late 2017, we consulted on proposal to install a bi-directional cycleway on Market Place, Customs Street West and then the western side of Lower Hobson Street, completed the city centre loop. We would like to thank everyone who provided feedback at that time.

Any future plans to complete phase 3 will be re-consulted.

Link to Westhaven to City centre route

This phase will also provide a link to the Westhaven Drive to City centre route via Gaunt Street, Viaduct Harbour Avenue and Customs Street West - a direct route into the city designed for those comfortable sharing the road with cars.

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport