Upgrade of Ngauranga Gorge cycling and walking path underway from next week – 19 April update


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is starting work next week on repairing and upgrading the cycling and walking path on the southbound (downhill) side of State Highway 1 through the Ngauranga Gorge.

Update: 19 April 2022

Repairs and upgrade works have been postponed to Tuesday night 26 April.

From Monday night 18 April, crews will begin repairs and upgrade work to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians using the path. The work is expected to finish around the end of June 2022, weather permitting.

This is the next part of the Ngauranga Gorge Safety Improvements Project which started on the northbound path in April 2021.

The southbound side will see several improvements, including widening the path at some locations, installing new cyclist and pedestrian markings, drainage and vegetation clearance. A section of the safety barrier will be renewed and upgraded to the latest safety standards.

Cyclists and pedestrians can continue to use the path during the project.

Most work will take place at night when path users will be guided past the works. Cyclists may need to dismount and walk at times.

During the day, path users should experience only minor inconvenience, for example, an uneven surface in some places for brief periods until work there is completed. Where there is excavation for the safety barrier renewal, path users should expect a temporary narrowing of the path.

For safety at all times, we encourage cyclists to keep speeds down and for all path users to remain alert and look out for each other.  

Motorists travelling southbound on State Highway 1 can expect night-time traffic management and reduced speeds, including a lane closure and a brief period of Newlands ramp closures. Motorists are advised to drive carefully past the worksites for the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and road workers.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding while these important safety improvements are underway.