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Project introduction

The Grafton Gully Cycleway is an extension of the Northwestern Cycleway, helping create of a well connected cycling route through motorway and urban areas. Grafton Gully provides an almost entirely off-road cycle route from Te Atatu to the city centre and waterfront.

  • Estimated project dates

    Nov 2012–Sep 2014
  • Estimated project cost

    $5 million to $20 million
  • Project type

    Walking and cycling
  • Project status


Project updates


The extension of the Northwestern Cycleway, along the Northwestern Motorway into the city centre, provides safer and easier access to the universities, city centre and waterfront.

This project is one part of the wider Auckland Cycle Network, improving Auckland’s cycling connections in the coming years.


  • Provides an alternative mode of transport into the city centre.
  • Encourages the uptake of cycling as a healthy and safe mode of transport in Auckland.
  • Provides a safer and more direct route into Auckland city, encouraging novice cyclists to become confident on the road.
  • Creates better connections between inner city and waterfront for cyclists.
  • Provides an opportunity to restore of one of the last remaining sections of native broadleaf forest in the Auckland isthmus.

About the project

The Grafton Gully Cycleway, an extension of the Northwestern Cycleway, was opened on Saturday 6 September 2014. 

The latest section of Auckland’s expanding cycling and walking network is a significant milestone in achieving world class cycling infrastructure for Auckland. The NZ Transport Agency, together with its transport partners, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, collaborated on the three sections of cycleway.

The Northwestern Cycleway is one of the most popular cycleways in Auckland, with over 700 people on average using it each day. The existing route is approximately 9 kilometres in length and generally follows the alignment of the Northwestern Motorway (State Highway 16), running from the western edge of Auckland’s city centre to the Te Atatu peninsula.

With the recent completion of the Kingsland Cycleway, which opened to the public in 2010, cyclists are now able to enjoy an almost entirely off-road cycleway between Waitakere and Auckland cities.

The project will include:

  • new concrete cycle path following the general motorway alignment in Grafton Gully, starting from Upper Queen Street, and connecting to a shared path at Beach Road, ranging between 3 and 4 metres wide
  • an underpass between Wellesley Street East and Grafton Road.


Construction on the project is being completed over four stages. Estimated construction commencement dates vary across the four construction packages.

Section Stage Estimated timeline
1 Grafton Road–Alten Road November 2012June 2013
2 Alten RoadBeach Road July 2013August 2013
3 Upper Queen StreetWellesley Street East March 2013September 2014
4 Wellesley Street EastGrafton Road February 2014September 2014

Timelapse of construction

Timelapse video of construction of Grafton Gully Cycleway