About the project
This 5km section of the Northern Pathway starts in Westhaven, travels across the Waitemata Harbour and continues onto Akoranga. This section is the critical link required to connect central Auckland and the North Shore, providing choice for how people travel to work, access services or connect with family and friends.
This section was previously known as SkyPath/Auckland Harbour Bridge Shared Path and SeaPath. Both components have now been combined for delivery of the Northern Pathway.
Detailed Business Case
This section was originally conceived as two separate projects and Waka Kotahi completed individual Detailed Business Cases (DBC).
Auckland Harbour Bridge shared path – single stage business case [PDF, 14 MB]
SeaPath – detailed business case [PDF, 12 MB]
The preferred option for the Northern Pathway is now a standalone bridge alongside the existing Auckland Harbour Bridge, protecting the structural and heritage integrity of the existing bridge which is a key part of the strategic transport network, as well as creating a world class link for people to travel across the harbour on foot and on bikes for generations to come.
This would provide a more enduring solution than the design originally within the New Zealand Upgrade Programme which was a shared path attached to the side of the existing Auckland Harbour Bridge piers. Providing a separated solution that is fit for a growing Auckland with an increasingly decarbonised transport system, will help unlock the significant investment that has already been made to enabling a healthy and sustainable transport system through a number of other walking and cycling connections on either side of the harbour.
The new design allows for growth in the number of people who will walk and cycle over the harbour in the coming decades. Waka Kotahi will continue to look for short-term solutions to be able to provide walking and cycling access across the harbour. These solutions need to address safety, walking and cycling, motorist demands and operational issues.
- Allows for growth in the number of people who will walk and cycle over the harbour in the coming decades.
- A separate structure would safeguard the integrity of the existing bridge which is a key part of Auckland and New Zealand’s strategic transport network.
- A safe and enjoyable walk or ride with a wide deck and places for people to stop and enjoy views of the harbour.
- Enhanced network resilience for all users crossing the Waitematā Harbour.
- Completes a strategic missing link and unlocks investment already made and planned for in the Auckland walking and cycling network.
- Increases access to one of the world’s great harbours and provides health and wellbeing benefits.
- Provides a dedicated 24/7 cross-harbour connection to meet the needs of current and future users.
- Opportunity to create economic, environmental, social, tourism and cultural benefits for Aotearoa.
- Overall, this transformational walking and cycling project is expected to provide more than 175 jobs in the infrastructure industry during its construction.