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glen innes to tamaki shared drive artist impression

Project introduction

The project will provide a new shared path for walking and cycling between Glen Innes and Tamaki Drive. The 7km route will enable people to walk, run or cycle from the eastern suburbs to the city centre.

  • Estimated project cost

    Less than $100 million
  • Project type

    Walking & cycling
  • Project status


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The route will connect with and expand the Auckland Cycle Network and align with the long term vision of the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council to build world class cycling infrastructure that promotes cycling as a safe and convenient transport choice.


Provides a missing link in the Auckland Cycle Network, enabling people to connect with routes at Point England and Tamaki Drive.

Expected to become one of the city’s most scenic bike routes – popular with commuters coming into the city and those using the path for fitness and recreation.

Better connections for walking and cycling between the eastern suburbs and the waterfront.

Have your say

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.

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.

Artist's impression of the balustrade.

Read more about what people said in the first round of consultation in the summary report [PDF, 2.2 MB]

See the results of the second round of feedback [PDF, 199 KB]

The Transport Agency is 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 Transport Agency is grateful to the public for their feedback and also for their patience while the work is undertaken to complete this section of the path.

About this project

The project will be delivered by the Transport Agency and Auckland Transport in four sections between 2015 and 2021.

Section One – between Merton Road in Glen Innes (near Countdown Supermarket) and St Johns Road opened in 2016.


  • 4-metre wide (approximately) path constructed mostly in concrete. 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.


  • Section 1: Merton Road to St Johns Road: completed
  • Section 2: St Johns Road to Orakei Basin: 2019 to 2021
  • Section 3: Orakei Basin boardwalk: late 2017 to mid 2019
  • Section 4: Orakei Basin to Tamaki Drive: 2020 to 2021

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