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Project introduction

The NZ Transport Agency is investigating options to deliver a safe and efficient route for cyclists and pedestrians traveling between Wellington and the Hutt Valley and to extend the region’s cycling network by connecting with local paths along the route.

  • Estimated project cost

    $10 million–$54 million
  • Project type

    Walking & cycling
  • Project status

    Investigation & Design

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About the project

The NZ Transport Agency is partnering with Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council to provide a safe and efficient 12-kilometre walking and cycling route between the Wellington CBD and Melling. The W2HV Link will also connect with other walking and cycling facilities such as the Petone Esplanade and the Hutt River Trail.

The project involves three sections:

  • Wellington CBD to Ngauranga section – a Wellington City Council project. This cycling facility will run from Bunny Street along Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road to the Ngauranga interchange. This section is jointly funded by the Urban Cycleways Fund, the National Land Transport Fund and the Wellington City Council.
  • Ngauranga to Petone section – an NZ Transport Agency project. This is a shared off-road path from the Ngauranga interchange to the Petone interchange. This section is jointly funded by the NZ Transport Agency, the Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
  • Petone to Melling section – an NZ Transport Agency project. This is an off-road cycle path with shared path connections linking the Petone railway station to the Hutt River Trail. This section is jointly funded by the Urban Cycleways Fund, The NZ Transport Agency and the Hutt City Council.

View the Wellington to Hutt Valley Cycleway/Walkway overview map [PDF, 303 KB].

Expected benefits

  • a high quality shared path for people who want to cycle or walk
  • sustainable and affordable transport
  • promotes healthy lifestyles
  • riding a bike becomes a safer and more attractive transport choice shifting people from vehicles to cycling and walking which also reduces traffic congestion and emissions
  • the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike using a path that accommodates less confident as well as experienced cyclists
  • more connections to the wider cycling network
  • better safety standards and capacity improves the network's resilience to events such as storms and earthquakes
  • supports tourism-related cycling and boosts the Wellington regional economy.

Urban Cycleways Programme

Cycling in Wellington took a significant step forward with the announcement from the Urban Cycleways Programme that it will fund part of the Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link.

Urban Cycleways Programme funding will be used to concentrate on early construction on the Wellington CBD to Ngauranga section and the Petone to Melling section. Work on the Wellington to Ngauranga section is being undertaken by the Wellington City Council.

The Petone to Ngauranga section of the path is not eligible for Urban Cycleways Programme funding because it cannot be constructed within the required timeframes.

Learn more about the Urban Cycleways Programme and the investment this will mean for cycling in the capital.

Next steps

The next steps for the project are to finalise the design, obtain any consents needed for the Melling to Petone section and begin construction.

We are refining our proposals for the Ngauranga to Petone section and expect to undertake further public engagement before lodging consents.

Project Contacts

Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link – w2hvlink@nzta.govt.nz
More contact info
  • Phone: 0508 9248 5465
  • The Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link Team
    PO Box 5084
    Thorndon
    Wellington 6145

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