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20151015 nelson street cycleway 1

Project introduction

The Nelson Street Cycleway will link Upper Queen Street to Quay Street via the disused Nelson Street off-ramp. The proposed cycle route will also cater for walkers and connect to the northwestern and Grafton Gully cycleways, providing easier and safer access to and from the city centre.

  • Estimated project cost

    $5 million to $20 million
  • Project type

    Walking & cycling
  • Project status



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 (AT) and Auckland Council to build world class cycling infrastructure that promotes cycling as a safe and convenient mode of transport.


  • Better connections for walking and cycling in the central city.
  • Encourage the uptake of cycling as a healthy and safe mode of transport in Auckland.
  • Provide a missing link in the Auckland Cycle Network.
  • Better connections between inner city and waterfront for cyclists.

Nelson Street Cycleway flyover

Take a look at how the Cycleway will look once completed

About the project

The project will be delivered by the Transport Agency, AT and Auckland Council in two phases.

Phase one will see the construction of a bridge from Canada Street, connecting with the old Nelson Street motorway off-ramp and continuing as a separated two-way cycle path along the western side of Nelson Street to Victoria Street. Construction of the bridge is first to get underway. It will be built off-site and when completed will be put in place overnight.

Phase two will extend the separated cycle path from Victoria Street down to Quay Street and will also provide a link along Pitt Street to join Karangahape Road and Union Street. The Nelson Street cycle route will complete a missing link in the Auckland Cycle Network and will add to a growing network of paths for walking and cycling in the city.

Project features

  • 160m bridge from Canada St to Nelson St disused off-ramp.
  • A shared path from Upper Queen Street, through to the intersection of Nelson Street and Union Street (including the bridge).
  • An on-road separated two-way cycleway on the western side of Nelson Street between Union Street and Victoria Street.
  • A separated two-way cycleway on Pitt Street between Karangahape Road and Vincent Street, connecting with a shared path between Vincent Street and Nelson Street.
  • An on-road separated cycleway between Victoria Street and Quay Street. This route is still under investigation.

Our partners on this project