Waterview Shared Path project updates Waterview Shared Path project updates

Get the latest updates on the new cycling and walking path that connects Waterview and Mt Albert.


20 October

Come and celebrate the new shared path at our fun day for family and friends on Saturday, 4 November 2017, from 10:30am to 2pm.

The event hub will in Harbutt Reserve, corner of Harbutt Avenue and Phyllis Street. There will be loads of activities all along a 1km stretch of the shared path.

Find out more about the Waterview Shared Path fun day.

6 October

The final stage of the Waterview Shared Path has been officially opened this morning.

Waterview Shared Path opening

Image: Councillor Ross Clow, Albert-Eden Local Board Member Margi Watson, Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore, NZTA’s Pete Clarke, and Auckland Transport’s Kathryn King cut the ribbon to officially open the path.

Read the media release: Final link in Waterview Shared Path opens.

23 August

The remaining sections of the path and bridges are nearing completion, including the Phyllis to Harbutt Boardwalk, Soljak Place Bridge, Trent Street Link, and 2 boardwalks in Unitec.

The opening of the whole path is planned for early October 2017.

Phyllis to Harbutt Boardwalk

Harbutt Bridge under construction August 2017

The Harbutt bridge is approaching completion after the concrete deck was poured in mid-July.

The dramatic red and white railing has been installed and represents last remnant māhoe rock forest that was once extensive across the Auckland isthmus. This bridge will also have a pou whenua.

Work on the section of path through Harbutt Reserve end of the bridge to Soljak Place Bridge is also nearing completion.

Soljak Place Bridge

Soljak bridge construction

Work on the Soljak Bridge is at a very advanced stage.

Installation of balustrades, lighting poles, and CCTV cameras will continue during August before planting around the bridge is done.

The staircase at the northern side of the bridge, to take people to/from Trent Street, is nearly complete.

The overhead electricity wires for the trains were lowered by KiwiRail to accommodate the bridge passing overhead.

Two of 4 bridge piers that hold up the deck feature soon-to-be-unveiled artwork that accentuates the 25kv of the rail corridor and Māori interpretative lighting design.

28 July

Alford Street Bridge opening

Transport Minister the Hon Simon Bridges, Auckland Mayor the Hon Phil Goff, and AT Board Chair Dr Lester Levy have opened the first 440m of the path - from Alford Street-Great North Road to the second speed table in Unitec, including the Te Piringa (Alford Street) Bridge. 

The opening included the unveiling of a 7m pou whenua at the Unitec end of the bridge.

The pou or waka maumahara (memorial pillar) was carved by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei master carver Katz Maihi, and commemorates Ngāti Whātua iwi's ancestor, Te Auaunga. 


21 December

The installation of two piers for the Alford Street Bridge was completed in the first week of December. 

Alford Street bridge - bridge pier installation

Alford Street bridge - bridge pier installation

Phyllis to Harbutt Boardwalk

All material suspected to contain asbestos has been removed and rock breaking was undertaken.

Piling work for the central pier and northern abutment will startin late January 2017.

Soljak Bridge

The southern abutment has been poured for the Soljak Place Bridge that will cross over the western railway line. One bridge pier has also been installed.

A crosshead will be placed on top of the piers to take the weight of the beams for the bridge early in 2017, following the completion of the northern abutment and the installation of the other two piers.

Soljak Place Bridge - southern abutment and pier with falsework around it.

5 December

Alford Street Bridge

A capping beam has been established on the eastern side of Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek). This is part of a palisade wall that will retain the eastern abutment of the bridge. Deep ground anchors will add further strength.

A 450-tonne crane and 10 pre-cast pier sections have been delivered to Waterview Esplanade. These sections were progressively installed at night during the last week of November.

alford st bridge beams

Image: Capping beam and temporary bridge on the western side of Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek). 

alford st bridge casing

Image: Vibration hammering of casing into the ground on the eastern side of Te Auaunga.

Video: Time-lapse of progress on the bridge.

Phyllis to Harbutt Boardwalk

Building and domestic waste materials (suspected to include asbestos) that was dumped several years ago in the area between Harbutt Reserve and Phyllis Reserve has been professionally removed. We are awaiting confirmation from specialists that the site is free of hazardous materials before work resumes.

We will send a letter to residents and other stakeholders when the bush area is re-opened.

Soljak Place Bridge

Piling work has resumed on the northern side of the western railway line opposite the Mt Albert Pak ’n Save. Increased background noise is expected but we will continue to monitor vibration and noise levels to ensure they are within council regulations.

We expect to release the final design for the path connecting Soljak Place Bridge to Trent Street soon.

12 July

A temporary platform was built to lift the precast sections of Alford Bridge into place. 

The finished Alford Street Bridge is set to open in early 2017.

13 June

Construction of the Alford Street Bridge is underway.

Image: Piles are driven into the ground to build a temporary structure from which the bridge can be built.

Alford Street Bridge Construction 

5 February

Start of construction

A ceremony has been held to launch the Waterview Shared Path.

The first sod was turned by cabinet minister Paula Bennett accompanied by representatives of the organisations that have joined to create the new connection, which will contribute to the Auckland urban cycleway programme.  

Read the media release: Construction beginning on Waterview cycling and walking connection.


24 September

Waterview Shared Path Joe Wilson Leading A Karakia

On 16 September, a dawn karakia celebrated the upcoming start of construction for Waterview Shared Path.

Held near the site from where Alford bridge will connect Unitec Institute of Technology with Great North Rd, the ceremony (lead by Joe Wilson of Te Ākitai Waiohua) was an acknowledgement of the area's significance for mana whenua, including Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Te Ākitai Waiohua, Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki and Te Kawerau a Maki.

Construction of the path is expected to start in early 2016, once consents are granted and site investigations are completed over the coming months.


18 December

The period for public submissions on the Notice of Requirement (NOR) has been extended from 23 January to 5 February 2015.

14 November

AT is applying for consents on Waterview Shared Path. AT has developed preliminary designs for the route and will lodge a Notice of Requirement (NOR) with Auckland Council.

Public submissions will be from 5 December 2014 to 23 January 2015.