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A section of the Te Awa shared path winding through grass and trees.

Te Awa Cambridge to Hamilton shared path

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Project introduction

The Te Awa shared path will provide a safe and accessible walking and cycling option between Cambridge and Hamilton. It will link in to existing sections of the Te Awa path to create a 60km walking and cycling route between Karapiro and Ngaruawahia.

  • Estimated project dates

    Oct 2019–Jun 2022
  • Project type

    Walking and cycling
  • Project status

    Construction

Overview

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in partnership with Hamilton City Council, Waipa District Council, Waikato District Council, Waikato Regional Council and the Te Awa River Ride Charitable Trust is building a shared path connecting the communities of Hamilton, Tamahere and Cambridge.

The shared path will be a safe and reasonably direct route which links into key destinations as well as existing urban cycling networks. In some places the path will run alongside local roads while in other places it will be close to the Waikato River. An underpass to safely allow traffic to cross State Highway 21 was opened in April 2022.

Map of the underpass [JPG, 4.6 MB]

This 20km shared path is being built by four different organisations, as shown on the map below.

The four organisations are working to different timeframes so each section will be finished at different times. With the opening of the SH21 underpass Te Awa is now complete from the Grassroots Trust Velodrome near Cambridge to Newell Road, Tamahere, with the final section from Riverglade Drive to the Hamilton Gardens to be completed.

Construction began in October 2019, with Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter turning the first sod, and will be complete by mid-2022.

Read the construction announcement(external link)

Project partners