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Project introduction

Te Ara Tupua is the project to create a walking and cycling link between Wellington and Lower Hutt. It will deliver a safe, connected and attractive route, enabling more people to walk or bike, and connect with local paths in both Wellington and the Hutt Valley. 

  • Project type

    Walking & cycling
  • Project status

    Consenting, Construction

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About the project

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is partnering with iwi mana whenua (Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa), Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council to create Te Ara Tupua – a safe and efficient walking and cycling route between Wellington and Lower Hutt.

The name Te Ara Tupua was gifted to the project by Te Atiawa Taranaki Whānui.


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Expected benefits

Te Ara Tupua will provide a high-quality shared path, suitable for a wide range of users, enabling a step change in the number of people choosing to walk or ride between the two cities.

More people riding and walking will help reduce carbon emissions, improving health, and will ease the pressure on other transport options. 

It will contribute to regional walks and rides like Te Aranui o Poneke – the Great Harbour Way and the Remutaka Cycle Trail, supporting local and national tourism and recreational opportunities.

The new path will also increase resilience – better protecting the rail line from storm and sea surges, and future proofing for sea level rise between Ngā Ūranga and Pito-one. 

What’s happening?

Funding and consents have been approved for the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section. A delivery team, Te Ara Tupua Alliance, has been formed to start the detailed design and plan the construction approach.

The section was listed in the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track consenting) Act 2020 which provides a new decision-making process. You can find information about the fast-track consenting process, our consent application, and the consent decision on the Environmental Protection Authority website.

The Pito-one to Melling section is under construction. Work began in late 2019 and is expected to be complete by early 2023.

Project Contacts

Te Ara Tupua – TeAraTupua@nzta.govt.nz
More contact info
  • Te Ara Tupua Team, PO Box 5084, Thorndon, Wellington 6145