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Project introduction

The Northern Pathway project will provide a seamless dedicated walking and cycling link between Auckland’s City Centre and the North Shore which will connect with existing local paths to extend the region’s walking and cycling network.

October 2021 update

On 2 October 2021 the Government announced that it would not proceed with the standalone bridge component of the Northern Pathway project and instead investigate an alternative way for people to walk and cycle across the Waitematā Harbour. 

Please read the frequently asked questions for more information.

  • Project type

    Walking and cycling
  • Project status

    Design, Investigation

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About the project

The Northern Pathway, from central Auckland to Albany on the North Shore, is split into three connected sections for delivery.

Name Status
Westhaven to Akoranga Design and consenting
Akoranga to Constellation Drive Business case phase
Constellation Drive to Albany Construction phase (as part of the Northern Corridor Improvements project)

The three sections of the Northern Pathway project are at different stages of delivery and together will provide a seamless walking and cycling link between central Auckland and the North Shore.

Benefits

  • Provides choice for people to travel between the city centre and North Shore using active modes of transport
  • Travel using active modes such as on foot or by bike becomes a more appealing travel option, helping to get people out of their cars
  • Reduces the number of short trips completed by private vehicle
  • Provides people with a healthy, environmentally friendly way to commute to and from work and education, access services or connect with friends and family
  • Supports future growth of the walking and cycling network on both sides of the harbour
  • Increases access to transport hubs on the North Shore such as Akoranga, Constellation and Albany Bus Stations.

Partnership with mana whenua

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is committed to working in partnership with mana whenua to deliver the project following the principles of Te Ara Kotahi including recognising and providing for cultural heritage, identity and Mātauranga Māori.

Te Ara Kotahi – Our Maori Strategy factsheet [PDF, 985 KB]

Working with partners, stakeholders and community

Waka Kotahi is dedicated to working closely with partners, stakeholders and community throughout the design and delivery of the Northern Pathway.

It will be an important community facility supporting greater travel choices, health and wellbeing and recreational use of space for those travelling between central Auckland and the North Shore.

Coordination with Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and Panuku Development Auckland as well as interest and community groups will ensure that the Northern Pathway recognises cultural history and utilises local knowledge to help the project teams understand the areas we are working in and how best to design for safety and accessibility.

Northern Pathway sections

  • Westhaven to Akoranga

    On 2 October 2021, the Government announced that it would not proceed with the standalone bridge component of the Northern Pathway project and instead investigate an alternative way for people to walk and cycle across the Waitematā Harbour.

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  • Akoranga to Constellation Drive

    About the project

    The Akoranga to Constellation Drive section of the Northern Pathway will connect with the other sections at each end. The project team will also look into how this section connects with the local network of shared paths to help increase access to the walking and cycling network.

    Next steps

    Waka Kotahi awarded the contract at the end of 2019 to develop a preliminary design for this section as part of a business case. During May and June 2020, we sought feedback from partners, key stakeholders and the community to help identify the preferred option for this section.

    Now that the preferred route has been identified, it will need to be endorsed by our Board and funding approved before the detailed design can begin.

    Akoranga to Constellation Drive preferred route [PDF, 2 MB]

    This project was not included in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) or the current Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) which is from 2021 to 2024. However, this project is eligible for funding in the next RLTP. If this funding is confirmed, the next step would be for the business case to go through internal quality assurance before it goes to the Waka Kotahi Board for endorsement.

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  • Constellation Drive to Albany

    About the project

    This section of the Northern Pathway will deliver 7km of shared walking and cycling path as part of the wider Northern Corridor Improvements project. The shared path will include a wide range of local road and park connections, helping to increase accessibility to the local bus stations and key destinations.

    Construction is currently underway on this section of the Northern Pathway as part of the wider Northern Corridor Improvements project.

    Auckland Northern Corridor Improvements project information

    Next steps

    Construction of the Northern Corridor Improvements project, including the new walking and cycling paths, is expected to be complete in late 2022/early 2023.

     

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