The Northern Pathway project will provide a seamless dedicated walking and cycling link between Auckland’s City Centre and the North Shore which will connect with existing local paths to extend the region’s walking and cycling network.
On 2 October 2021 the Government announced that it would not proceed with the standalone bridge component of the Northern Pathway project and instead investigate an alternative way for people to walk and cycle across the Waitematā Harbour.
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The Northern Pathway, from central Auckland to Albany on the North Shore, is split into three connected sections for delivery.
|Westhaven to Akoranga||Design and consenting|
|Akoranga to Constellation Drive||Business case phase|
|Constellation Drive to Albany||Opened to the community on Monday 17 April 2023|
The three sections of the Northern Pathway project are at different stages of delivery and together will provide a seamless walking and cycling link between central Auckland and the North Shore.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is committed to working in partnership with mana whenua to deliver the project following the principles of Te Ara Kotahi including recognising and providing for cultural heritage, identity and Mātauranga Māori.
Te Ara Kotahi – Our Maori Strategy factsheet [PDF, 985 KB]
Waka Kotahi is dedicated to working closely with partners, stakeholders and community throughout the design and delivery of the Northern Pathway.
It will be an important community facility supporting greater travel choices, health and wellbeing and recreational use of space for those travelling between central Auckland and the North Shore.
Coordination with Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and Panuku Development Auckland as well as interest and community groups will ensure that the Northern Pathway recognises cultural history and utilises local knowledge to help the project teams understand the areas we are working in and how best to design for safety and accessibility.
On 2 October 2021, the Government announced that it would not proceed with the standalone bridge component of the Northern Pathway project and instead investigate an alternative way for people to walk and cycle across the Waitematā Harbour.Close
The Akoranga to Constellation Drive section of the Northern Pathway will connect with the other sections at each end. The project team will also look into how this section connects with the local network of shared paths to help increase access to the walking and cycling network.
Waka Kotahi awarded the contract at the end of 2019 to develop a preliminary design for this section as part of a business case. During May and June 2020, we sought feedback from partners, key stakeholders and the community to help identify the preferred option for this section.
Now that the preferred route has been identified, it will need to be endorsed by our Board and funding approved before the detailed design can begin.
Akoranga to Constellation Drive preferred route [PDF, 2 MB]
This project was not included in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) or the current Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) which is from 2021 to 2024. However, this project is eligible for funding in the next RLTP. If this funding is confirmed, the next step would be for the business case to go through internal quality assurance before it goes to the Waka Kotahi Board for endorsement.Close
This section of the Northern Pathway will deliver approximately 6km of shared walking and cycling path as part of the wider Northern Corridor Improvements project. The shared path will include a wide range of local road and park connections, helping to increase accessibility to the local bus stations and key destinations including residential and industrial areas.
This section of the shared path opened on Monday 17 April 2023.
Auckland Northern Corridor Improvements project information
Northern Corridor Improvements shared path [PDF, 2.6 MB]Close