Project Information

Te Whau Pathway will link 33 reserves, esplanade strips, sports parks and roads along the western edge of the Whau River. The pathway will provide safe walking and cycling connections to enable more people to get around our community other than by car, including better connections to 13 schools, and access to the New Lynn to Avondale cycleway and the North-Western cycleway.

The pathway will be located on reserve land and in the marine environment through the use of boardwalks.
Alongside the construction of Te Whau Pathway, environmental restoration of the banks of the Whau River with native plants is being carried out at community planting days. Check the Events Page to find out about upcoming opportunities to get involved.

The project is planned to be staged over 5 – 8 years which will be dependent on funding for the physical works.

Where we are now

Construction of the first stages of Te Whau Pathway began in April 2016. Sections of the pathway have been completed at Archibald Park, Ken Maunder Park, Olympic Park and McLeod Park.

Ecological restoration has begun at Archibald Park, and will continue in winter 2017, along with restoration at Ken Maunder Park and McLeod Park.

Preliminary design for the pathway is underway, which involves looking at the entire pathway’s route configuration, layout, design and alignment. Preliminary design bridges the gap between concept and detailed design. The preliminary design process is expected to be completed by June 2017. Over this period, we will undertake public consultation, giving the community the opportunity to give feedback on the design of the pathway.

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What’s happening next

The next priority for Te Whau Pathway is detailed design for on-land paths in Queen Mary Reserve, Roberts Field, Rizal Reserve and Tiriroa Esplanade.

The map below shows the likely sections of the pathway to be completed in the first four years of Te Whau Pathway Project.

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Please get in touch with the project team at any stage if you have questions or feedback. Email or phone Jacki Byrd on 021 945 172.

Design Features

3m Wide Shared Path
With timber boardwalk and concrete paths

For all abilities on an easy gradient

Maximise Whau River Experience 
With boardwalk sections mainly in the coastal area

Community Engagement
Engage with Community and volunteers in the development and restoration works

Improve The Natural Environment
Cleanup of the water’s edge and water quality

Where possible provide bridges to allow access up estuaries for small boats

Provide Spaces
For education, break out areas and learning opportunities

Kayak Entry and Exit Points
Provide entry and exit points for kayaks

Sustainable Design
Incorporate sustainable design and environmental accountabilty

Interpretation Signage
Provide interpretation signage and stories about local heritage

Recognise Cultural Heritage
Celebrating European and Maori involvment in the area

Removal and Restoration
Weed removal and restoration to open up view shafts

Walkers and Cyclists
Cater for active travellers

Passive Recreation
Provide recreational opportunities such as fishing and bird watching