PROJECT INFO 2017-08-31T23:06:08+00:00

Project Information

Te Whau Pathway will link 33 reserves, esplanade strips, sports parks and roads along the western edge of the Whau River. The pathway will provide safe walking and cycling connections to enable more people to get around our community other than by car, including better connections to 13 schools, and access to the New Lynn to Avondale cycleway and the North-Western cycleway.

The pathway will be located on reserve land and in the marine environment through the use of boardwalks.
Alongside the construction of Te Whau Pathway, environmental restoration of the banks of the Whau River with native plants is being carried out at community planting days. Check the Events Page to find out about upcoming opportunities to get involved.

The project is planned to be staged over 5 – 8 years which will be dependent on funding for the physical works.

Where we are now

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Construction of the first stages of Te Whau Pathway began in April 2015. Sections of the pathway have been completed at Archibald Park, Ken Maunder Park, Olympic Park and McLeod Park.

Ecological restoration has begun at Archibald Park, Ken Maunder Park and McLeod Park.

The urban and landscape design framework for Te Whau Pathway was consulted on and completed in 2017. The urban and landscape design framework defines the design principles and concepts of Te Whau Pathway to support the consent process and to guide subsequent design development. The framework includes the design objectives and concepts for paths, bridges and boardwalks, landscape design, accessibility, wayfinding, and legibility of the whole route.

Download the Urban and Landscape Design Framework (11MB PDF)

What’s happening next

The next priority for Te Whau Pathway is detailed design for on-land paths in Queen Mary Reserve, Roberts Field, Rizal Reserve and Tiriroa Esplanade.

The map below shows the likely sections of the pathway to be completed in the first four years of Te Whau Pathway Project.

Please get in touch with the project team at any stage if you have questions or feedback. Email or phone Jacki Byrd on 021 945 172.

Design Features

Minimum 3m Wide Shared Path
For pedestrians and people on bikes

Offer an easy gradient, and accessibility in most places for
people of all abilities

Maximise Whau River Experience 
With boardwalk sections mainly in the coastal area

Community Engagement
Engage with Community and volunteers in the development and restoration works

Improve The Natural Environment
Clean-up of the water’s edge

Where possible provide bridges to allow access up estuaries for small boats

Provide Spaces
For education, break out areas and learning opportunities

Kayak Entry and Exit Points
Provide entry and exit points for kayaks

Sustainable Design
Incorporate sustainable design and environmental accountability

Interpretation Signage
Provide interpretation signage and stories about local heritage

Recognise Cultural Heritage
Celebrate the significant cultural history around the Whau River

Removal and Restoration
Weed removal and restoration to open up view shafts

Transport Choice
Provide safe walking and cycling connections to give
people more transport choices

Provide new spaces for recreation such as fishing and bird watching