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Project introduction

Te Ara Tupua is the new name for the Wellington to Hutt Valley walking and cycling link project. It will deliver a safe and efficient route between Wellington and the Hutt Valley for cyclists and pedestrians, and connect with local paths to extend the region’s cycling and walking network.

  • Estimated project cost

    $100–130 million
  • Project type

    Walking & cycling
  • Project status

    Consenting, Construction, Design

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About the project

The NZ Transport Agency is partnering with Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council to create Te Ara Tupua - a safe and efficient walking and cycling route between Wellington and Lower Hutt. Te Ara Tupua will also connect with other walking and cycling facilities such as the Petone Esplanade and the Hutt River Trail.

View the Te Ara Tupua overview map [PDF, 303 KB].

Expected benefits

  • a high quality shared path for people who want to cycle or walk
  • sustainable and affordable transport
  • promotes healthy lifestyles
  • riding a bike becomes a safer and more attractive transport choice shifting people from vehicles to cycling and walking which also reduces traffic congestion and emissions
  • the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike using a path that accommodates less confident as well as experienced cyclists
  • more connections to the wider cycling network
  • better safety standards and capacity improves the network's resilience to events such as storms and earthquakes
  • supports tourism-related cycling and boosts the Wellington regional economy.

Next steps

Consents have been granted and funding has been confirmed for the Petone to Melling section. Construction is expected to begin later in 2019.

Funding for the Ngauranga to Petone section has been approved by the Agency’s board, and the Transport Agency is now asking for public feedback on the path’s design before applying for consents in late 2019 or early 2020.


Graphic showing project timeline.

Project Contacts

Te Ara Tupua –
More contact info
  • Te Ara Tupua Team, PO Box 5084, Thorndon, Wellington 6145