A city fit for the future

Wellington is growing, and more people will be living in apartments or townhouses – in suburban areas on main transport routes as well as the central city. The 2021 Spatial Plan allows for more medium density living in the central city suburbs like Newtown and Berhampore.  

To support this growth, we’re changing to a more sustainable transport system that will reduce harmful emissions and give new and current residents more choices for how they can get around. 

Our goal is to be a city where people of all ages and abilities can move easily and freely on foot, bike, scooter, or public transport, and free up space for those who need to drive. 

The route - the most important connections

Map outlines the route connecting from Island Bay along Adelaide Road to Luxford Street, then along Rintoul Street to Riddiford Street.

Paneke Pōneke is our plan for a citywide network of connected bike/scooter routes that will be combined with improvements for people walking, scooting and taking the bus. 

We’ve made a start on improvements for people on buses and bikes from Newtown to the city. We're now looking at making similar changes from the northern end of The Parade in Island Bay through Berhampore to Newtown via Adelaide Road, Luxford, Rintoul and Riddiford streets. This project would complete the route connecting the south coast through to the city.

The Berhampore to Newtown connection project will make it easier and safer to get places in these neighbourhoods, including local shops, cafes and businesses, childcare centres, schools and tertiary institutions, hospitals and health services, community facilities, parks, sports and recreation. 

We’re using adaptable materials so we can quickly install changes once the design is approved. This means people can start using the route sooner, then make suggestions to help refine the designs once they’re installed. Making changes in this way will help to get the bike network in place as quickly as possible so more people can benefit. 

Information about related projects previously planned for Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook.

How to be involved

We’re working with technical experts and meeting with key stakeholders and businesses in this area to help inform the proposed changes.

As part of helping us understand the local context, we are keen to learn about how you and your whānau currently use and experience this area. Your feedback will help us to get the designs right and evaluate the changes. We’ll also be gathering data about numbers of people on bikes, scooters and buses, and monitoring the parking situation. 

Stay in touch and get involved

We're keen to involve the community as we go, so we will be sending updates when there are opportunities to get involved or have your say.

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Got questions about this project? Email the team: newtownberhampore@wcc.govt.nz