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Great Harbour Way – Ngauranga to Petone cycling and walking path within 3 years

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The inclusion of the Ngauranga to Petone section of the Great Harbour Way cycle and walking path in yesterday’s announcement of the Government’s transport priorities is an exciting development, says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

The Great Harbour Way is included in a $1.25 billion package of transport initiatives for the region as part of the National Land Transport Programme for 2012-15, announced by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Mayor Wade-Brown, a champion of the Great Harbour Way, says if the Ngauranga to Petone link is properly upgraded it will provide manifold benefits to the region in tourism, health, the economy and better transport choices.

“I look forward to hearing more details about how much money will be committed and how this pathway will actually be upgraded,” says Mayor Wade-Brown.

“The Great Harbour Way Te Aranui o Pōneke, when properly completed, will take advantage of one of Wellington’s greatest features to provide the ability for people to walk or cycle the entire coastline.

“This would provide a unique advantage for the Wellington region, something that would really appeal to outdoor-minded travellers as it connects with other key walking and cycling tracks such as the Wairarapa trail and Hutt River Trail.

“Residents would also be able to enjoy a safe cycling and walking link between Hutt City and Wellington that would provide a boost for fitness and leisure while lessening the load on State Highway 2 and the train network. It’s a perfect fit for the Wellington region.”

Transport portfolio leader Councillor Andy Foster says “There are no real surprises in the package with significant focus on roading capacity, including the controversial flyover option for the Basin Reserve. This is all part of Government’s well signalled Roads of National Significance programme.

“I’m pleased to see the delivery of the Ngauranga to Aotea Quay improvements and that there will be advanced investigation work on the Petone to Grenada link,” says Cr Foster. “Both projects have good benefit cost ratios and will deliver significant benefits for road users and improve access to the Port and industrial areas of Hutt City.

“The support for better walking and cycling networks, especially the Great Harbour Way, is a very positive step reflecting strong support from the Councils and people of the region.

“The ongoing commitment to delivering a more reliable and modern rail and bus system is also essential to the region, especially after so many years of deferred maintenance of the rail system,” says Cr Foster.

“Absolutely brilliant,” says Mary Varnham

May 2011: Mayors united in support of Great Harbour Way

November 2010: Hundreds of cyclists help mayors launch Great Harbour Way


  1. Sridhar, 30. August 2012, 21:36


  2. Sigurd Magnusson, 31. August 2012, 20:27

    Agreed 🙂

  3. Cr Paul Bruce, 1. September 2012, 22:16

    Finally we have funding! at least for the section from Petone to Horokiwi. Now we have to keep pushing to make sure the walk/cycle way is completed in a timely fashion, ahead or instead of the Roads of National Significance. Why? because it has the largest BCR (Benefit cost Ratio), the best safety outcome and will make the region more resilient in the face of rising fuel prices!

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  4. Maximus, 2. September 2012, 17:58

    Paul, I wonder if you know how much design work has been done on the Great Harbour Way already? Are there plans and sections available for the public to view? And do you have any idea what will be done from Horokiwi to Wellington? – as without fully connecting up, cyclists will still have to brave the motorway to the Hutt.

  5. lindsay, 2. September 2012, 19:25

    Maximus: the mayor’s announcement says the development is to be from Petone to Ngauranga, which would take care of your concern … Re detail – there’s a lot of detailed planning, including a report from Boffa Miskell, on the Great Harbour Way website which is here

  6. Maximus, 3. September 2012, 5:48

    Thanks – yes, I have read the Boffa Miskell report. Useful, with nice pics and plans, but does not address the 2 key issues yet in terms of design.

    1. Exactly how / where is the pathway going to run on the seaward side of the railway tracks? That’s a huge question and potentially very expensive if they have to increase the rock armour along that stretches between Petone and Ngauranga.

    2. Bridges on / off / over the motorway needed at either end? Good, but massively expensive?

  7. insider, 3. September 2012, 14:31

    Anything that requires significant money will kill the claimed cost benefits, because most people are still never going to use it while southerlies and northerlies still blow in Wellington, much as they don’t use it now. Being so exposed means it will have to be very strong and will probably require frequent maintenance due to erosion, corrosion and the regular storm tossed debris.

    I propose a long plastic tube that will insulate users from the wind and rain. Wave tossed boulders would just bounce off.

    Or maybe build a tunnel. They seem to be very popular and apparantly are very cheap 🙂

  8. Cr Paul Bruce, 3. September 2012, 15:27

    In reply to Maximus:
    The original funding for the NZTA project was specified as just being a seaward cycle/walk way, for the section from Petone to Horokiwi. It was then to reconnect to the present slightly upgraded cycle way via an overbridge. There has been preliminary consultation and investigation done on the Petone end connections to SH2, Hutt Road and the foreshore. Contact Josephine.Draper@nzta.govt.nz if you have some suggestions.
    This first bit is the most expensive as it involves more infill.
    I oppose the building of an overbridge, as it would be money that could have been spent on the actual cycle way. The planners have also indicated to me, that they feel a bridge would be a waste of money.

    It was assumed that more funding would eventually become available to complete the track on the seaward side, where there is already an access way over most of the distance.
    Mayors are being briefed on the details of the present funding allocations today. Regular Councillors were not invited!

    About 10 of us spent a recent Saturday morning looking over the section Ngauranga to Kaiwharawhara with WCC, NZTA and CentrePort officials. The Hutt section of the present cycleway on the footpath is the most dangerous section. The ideal would be to continue on the seaward side and then along the Aotea Quay, but CentrePort are unable (or unwilling) to release a couple of metres of land to make this possible. Paul Barker, WCC Manager Travel Demand Management & Safety is the person to talk to about this section.

    Small improvements have been made to other sections of the GHW. Allan Brown allan@metallion.co.nz can give the detail on progress to date.

  9. Celia WB, 3. September 2012, 16:02

    NZTA is consulting with fast cyclists, potential cyclists and walkers. No final design yet. Suggest you contact the helpful mike.seabourne@nzta.govt.nz
    to be kept up to date. There are potential very short term steps and longer ones needed – quite possibly all in the next three years.

    Also I walked the Ngauranga to Horokiwi section with KiwiRail, NZTA Hutt city, CentrePort, Wellington waterfront and GW last month to see what can be done there.

    The cycleway and walkway linking Petone and Ngauranga is definitely in the National land transport programme 2012 – 2015. That’s a huge step forward for walking and cycling.