Te Whau Pathway artist impression

Above: Te Whau Pathway concept image with Covil Park on the right

Te Whau Pathway

Te Whau Pathway will be a 12km shared path for pedestrians and people on bikes, linking Manukau Harbour at Green Bay Beach to the Waitematā Harbour at Te Atatū Peninsula.

The pathway will follow the western edge of the Whau River. It will provide entry and exit points for kayakers. It will ultimately link 33 reserves, esplanade strips and sports parks along the river. The walkway will be located on reserve land as well as in the marine environment through the use of boardwalks.

A draft scheme plan and preliminary design for the pathway will be open for public consultation from 13 March to 16 April 2017.

What are we seeking feedback on?

We want your feedback to help us improve and refine the design of Te Whau Pathway. Local knowledge will give us a better understanding of how you will use the pathway, and any issues you may foresee. Please tell us:

  • what you like and what you would change about the pathway route, and why (e.g. are there any additional links/connections you would like added)
  • whether you think you will use the path, and where are you likely to travel to/from
  • if you foresee any issues arising from the creation of the pathway.

Further information

For more details, such as design plans and a detailed map of the route, you can:

  • visit or - where you can also sign up to newsletters
  • call on (09) 355 3553
  • talk to us in person at:
    • Bay Olympic Soccer and Sports Club Olympic Park, 36 Portage Road, New Lynn, on Sunday 19 March, between 10am and 3pm
    • Kelston Community Hub, 68 St Leonards Road, Kelston, on Saturday 25 March, between 10am and 3pm.


Features and benefits

Te Whau Pathway will:

  • be a 3m wide (minimum), 12km shared path for pedestrians and people on bikes
  • link the Manukau Harbour at Green Bay Beach to the Waitemata Harbour at Te Atatu Peninsula, using concrete paths and a boardwalk through reserve land and the coastal area
  • link 33 reserves, esplanade strips, sports parks and roads along the western edge of the Whau River
  • provide safe walking and cycling connections to give people more transport choices
  • offer better connections to 13 schools, and access to the North-Western Cycleway and the proposed New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path
  • offer an easy gradient, and accessibility in most places for people of all abilities
  • maximise opportunities to experience the Whau River, and offer new spaces for recreation (such as fishing and bird watching) and education
  • improve the natural environment through a clean-up of the water’s edge, restoration and weed removal following construction
  • improve and promote better access to the river for small boats
  • attract tourists and visitors from other neighbourhoods to enjoy the coast-to-coast pathway
  • include a Kaiarataki (Maori designer), procured in partnership with mana whenua, to apply Te Aranga Maori design principles in the pathway design.

The project is planned to be completed in stages over the next five to eight years, with work being carried out as funding allows.

Completed work

The first stages of construction were completed in November 2016, giving walkers and cyclists the beginnings of a route between Glendene and New Lynn. The four sections of stage one, totalling 2.8km, run through Olympic, Ken Maunder, Archibald and McLeod parks.

Current work

A scheme plan and preliminary design are underway to confirm the preferred alignment and design of the boardwalk sections of the pathway. Public consultation on these documents will be open between 13 March and 16 April 2017. See Shape Auckland  for more information.

Design work is underway for on-land paths for Queen Mary Reserve, Rizal Reserve, Roberts Field and Tiroroa Esplanade.

Future Work

Once the scheme plan is confirmed, detailed design will be worked through and resource consent will be applied for to build a boardwalk through the coastal marine area to link up existing on land sections.

Te Whau Pathway map


Project partners 

Te Whau Pathway is a collaborative project with council working in conjunction with the community to progress the walkway. Project partners include: the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust, the Whau and Henderson-Massey local boards, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Te Kawerau a Maki and Auckland Transport.



Council is working with the community to fund the walkway. Funding for the project has been provided by the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust, the Whau and Henderson-Massey local boards, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. An application to the New Zealand Transport Authority will be made to seek funds for the boardwalk sections of the pathway.

The Whau Local Board and council funded the design, consultation, consenting and project management for stage one and the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust, with a grant from The Trusts Community Foundation, funded the construction. Auckland Transport funded the Feasibility Report and the Scheme Plan.

Te Whau Pathway

Above: A section of Te Whau Pathway at Archibald Park, Kelston 

To keep up to date with the project please visit the Te Whau Pathway project website or the Facebook page.

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