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Project introduction

SeaPath is a proposed walking and cycling path between Esmonde Road in Takapuna and Northcote Point on the North Shore of Auckland. This will provide an immediate connection between the Northern Busway and the Northcote ferry service, along with other walking and cycling routes in the area.

  • Project type

    Walking & cycling
  • Project status

    Investigation

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Creating connections

SeaPath, the proposed walking and cycling path on the North Shore, will work in conjunction with other proposed future projects in the area to provide a direct walking and cycling connection between the North Shore and Auckland’s central city.

Increasing numbers of pedestrians and cyclists are expected following the completion of SkyPath, a proposed walking and cycling path attached to the eastern side of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and the Additional Waitematā Harbour Crossing which could provide the opportunity for walking and cycling on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Route selection

Three route options have been investigated, as well as multiple options for connecting with the existing street network.

Following a series of site visits, research, analyses of opportunities and constraints and stakeholder feedback, the current preferred option is for a landward route between Northcote Point ferry terminal and Esmonde Road, largely on the western side of the Northern motorway.

The other options investigated include a coastal edge route on the eastern or Shoal Bay side of the motorway and a seaward route also on the eastern side of the motorway on a boardwalk type structure in the harbour.

The proposed route

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the proposed route during the consultation process in March and April 2016.  Read the report [PDF, 1.8 MB] to find out more about the approach and key themes from this consultation.

The feedback received is helping to inform the project team as they progress through to the next phase and the focus of next stage of community engagement will be on confirmation of the route, refinement of the design, mitigation of potential impacts and identification of opportunities for enhancements.

If you would like further information,please email us at seapath@nzta.govt.nz or sign up for updates via our website.

SeaPath proposed route

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Benefits of SeaPath

  • Provides an improved and more direct access between the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Northcote Point Ferry Terminal and Esmonde Road near Akoranga Bus Station.
  • Connects in with existing and proposed walking and cycling routes in the area.
  • Creates an improved access between residential and key employment and education facilities.
  • Creates tourism, leisure and cultural opportunities which will support local economic opportunities and provide health benefits.
  • Responds sensitively to the surrounding landscape, environment and built context.
  • Minimises impacts on the natural habitat and flora.

Significance of the area

Shoal Bay and the surrounding area has a number of important ecological, cultural and historical characteristics. Shoal Bay is a natural heritage location of regional significance and is home to extensive mangroves, saltmarsh and shellbank communities. It is also a key feeding and roosting area for migratory and coastal wading bird species including Oystercatchers, Caspian tern and NZ Dotterel.

Both the Onepoto Domain and Tuff Crater have popular walking tracks around their native bush-clad crater rims. The steep Pohutakawa-lined slopes that look over Shoal Bay and the Northern Motorway are classed as Outstanding Natural Landscapes, and hilltop properties include many historic heritage-listed houses.

Walking and cycling in Auckland

The number of people choosing to walk or cycle to work, study or for leisure in Auckland has been steadily growing in recent years. That number is set to increase sharply with a huge investment in walking and cycling improvements planned for the city during the next three years and beyond.

People who are cycling more often are enjoying the benefits of using a bike as a means of transport or for recreation. Cycling is cost-effective, provides certainty of travel time and for many people it is the quickest means of transport to get to work or study. Local journeys to shops, cafes and parks can be more convenient and in addition, many people are enjoying the fitness benefits of walking and cycling.

Research indicates that making the transport network safer for people on bikes, is the most effective way of achieving the goal of 30% increase in cycle journeys by 2019.

The NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council are working together on a $200 million programme of cycle improvements over the next three years. The focus is improving connections to public transport interchanges, as well as into, and around, the city centre.

Walking and cycling network integration

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