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Te ara whīkoi o Te Whau

Te Whau pathway

About Te Whau Pathway Project

Te Whau Pathway is a proposed shared path for pedestrians and cyclists. It will connect Manukau Harbour at Green Bay Beach to the Waitematā Harbour at Te Atatū Peninsula along a traditional Maori taonga waka (portage).

The pathway will follow the edge of the Whau River and link 33 parks, reserves, esplanades, sports parks and roads along the river and Portage Road. It will provide a safe commuter and recreational route for all Aucklanders and visitors, connecting communities in Green Bay, Avondale, New Lynn, Kelston, Glendene and Te Atatū.

The project is a collaborative community-led partnership between:

  • the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust
  • Whau and Henderson Massey local boards
  • Te Kawerau A Maki and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
  • Auckland Transport (AT)
  • Auckland Council.

The Trusts Community Foundation has also contributed to the project.

The development of the pathway will be a significant link in Auckland’s network of cycling and walking routes and will improve community connection to and appreciation of the Whau River.

Te Whau Pathway project time frame

Construction for the earlier stages of the pathway began in 2015.

At the beginning of 2017, AT sought public feedback on the scheme plan and preliminary design for the Te Whau Pathway route. In June 2017 the scheme plan and preliminary design was completed.

So far, the following pathways have been completed:

  • Archibald Park
  • Ken Maunder Park
  • Olympic Park
  • McLeod Park
  • Roberts Field
  • Tiroroa Reserve.

Next steps for the Te Whau Pathway project

The resource consent application for the remaining sections of Te Whau Pathway, including the coastal marine area (CMA) boardwalk, is soon to be notified on the Resource consent public notices page.

For further information: