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What is a pathway?
We use the word ‘pathway’ to describe a wide smooth path that does not allow vehicles such as cars, vans and trucks. Sometimes we call it a shared pathway as all active modes of transport – from wheelchair users to cyclists – are encouraged to share the route.
About Te Whau Pathway
Te Whau pathway starts in Te Atatū near the second exit on SH16 and finishes in Green Bay. It will be Auckland’s only off-road route to connect the Waitematā and Manukau harbours. For details about its location, please see our route map.
The pathway aims to connect people and places to each other and to green spaces and waterways.
The pathway is accessible and is for everyone to enjoy. Some parts of the path are already finished and you can enjoy these now. The majority of the pathway is still to be built and will be a boardwalk across waterways and through mangrove areas.
Why is it in five sections?
Te Whau Pathway is a complex project because of its length and the fact that it goes through different environments – through water and overland. It was also needed to connect to other transport projects such as the New Lynn Transport interchange, the New Lynn – Avondale cycleway and the proposed Te Atatu Bus Interchange. To ensure it would be delivered well, the project team decided to split the pathway into five sections.
- Portage Road to Olympic Park
- Olympic Park to Ken Maunder Park
- Ken Maunder Park to Archibald Park
- Archibald Park to Laurieston Park
- Laurieston Park to State Highway 16 North Western cycleway.
Sections 1, 3, and 5 do not yet have funding or resource consent.