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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

    $100–130 million
  • Project type

    Walking & cycling
  • Project status

    Consenting, Construction, 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 is now complete. This cycling facility runs from Bunny Street along Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road to the Ngauranga interchange. This section was 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. 

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.

Next steps

Consents have been granted and funding has been confirmed for the Petone to Melling section. Construction is expected to begin later in 2019.

Funding for the Ngauranga to Petone section has been approved by the Agency’s board, and the Transport Agency is now asking for public feedback on the path’s design before applying for consents in late 2019 or early 2020.


Graphic showing project timeline.

Project Contacts

Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link –
More contact info
  • Phone: 0508 9248 5465
  • The Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link Team
    PO Box 5084
    Wellington 6145