We're making more space for people on foot and bikes

Work to develop a new two-way bike path around the harbour on the parts of Oriental Parade and Evans Bay Parade between Carlton Gore Road and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) started on 23 April 2019 near Ōmarukaikuru/Pt Jerningham.

IGL View 2 Pt Jernningham

The two-way bike path will gradually replace the existing narrow on-road bike lanes and make this scenic route safer and more enjoyable for people walking and biking.

Once complete, it will be possible to ride between Miramar cutting and the city without having to ride on the road. The 7km journey will be along the wider new paths being developed on Cobham Drive, this new two-way bike path, existing shared paths south of NIWA and in Oriental Bay, and the new section of bike path near Freyberg Pool.

The harbourside route around Akau Tangi/Evans Bay has been named Tahitai, meaning one tide, one journey. It will also form part of a future Te Aranui o Pōneke/Great Harbour Way.

Long-term, it is planned the two-way bike path will continue to the Cobham Drive intersection, replacing the existing shared path. However, funding constraints mean we need to take a staged approach.

Phase 1, between Carlton Gore and NIWA, is under way. Detailed design for the areas east of Pt Jerningham are in development and this will involve more discussion with local residents in some locations. Councillors approved the project in March 2018 following community engagement in 2017.

Phase 2, the section between Greta Point and the Cobham Drive intersection, requires more design work and will likely be developed in the future. 

View the construction details or a route video of the upcoming changes.


Project timeline and construction updates

Keep up to date with how the project is going, and understand the process so far. New events will be added as the project progresses.

23 April 2019 Construction gets under way

The construction of new sections of seawall, improved public spaces, and the first 800m of a new two-way bike path will be under way near Point Jerningham from Tuesday 23 April.

Contractors will be starting on Oriental Parade, opposite the Carlton Gore Road intersection. They will be moving the kerb and traffic lanes further across towards the hill to make space for a wider footpath and the two-way bike path on the seaward side.

There will be fewer parking spaces in this vicinity while the work happens and when it's completed. The roadside car parking on both sides of Oriental Parade below Carlton Gore Road will be removed as part of changing the road layout along this section. The P120 parking layby below Carlton Gore Road will be out of action while the work happens.

A second work crew will start further along towards Pt Jerningham to build the access ways down to the rocks before installing pre-cast concrete walls along the footpath edges. Once these are in, they can start building the new sections of seawall.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place from 23 April.

You'll still be able to walk, run, bike and drive through this area at all times, but please take extra care. People will still be able to get down to the rocks except in fenced-off areas where work is happening.

11 April 2019 Blessing ahead of construction starting

Iwi representatives from Taranaki Whānui will bless the site at Ōmarukaikuru/Point Jerninham near where construction work will start.

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter will attend, with the Mayor, Councillors and NZ Transport Agency.

8 March 2018: Evans Bay bike path approved by Councillors More Less

Councillors on the City Strategy Committee approved the proposed two-way bike path and related changes for Evans Bay.

The next stage of this project is to complete the detailed designs, including revised plans to widen the six narrowest sections so the footpath, bike path and traffic lanes can be a consistent width all the way, develop construction plans, and carry out an independent safety audit. We expect construction to start in early to mid-2019.


11 December 2017: Consultation closes on traffic changes for Evans Bay Parade (phase 1) and Kilbirnie connections More Less

The feedback period closes at 5pm today for traffic changes (resolutions) required  for the first phase of a two-way bike path around Evans Bay, from the intersection of Oriental Parade and Carlton Gore Road to just north of Greta Point. Consultation is also closing on the traffic changes proposed for nine streets in Kilbirnie and over to the Newtown shops. Councillors are expected to consider the submissions and make a decision on these projects in early 2018.

25 November 2017: Drop-in session More Less

We're holding the second of two drop-in sessions at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on Saturday 25 November, 10am to 4pm.

You will have the opportunity to learn more about proposed changes to Evans Bay Parade, as well as nine other streets in Kilbirnie, and over to the Newtown shops. You'll be able talk with the designers and provide your thoughts.

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How we got here


Following open days and community feedback about routes in the east, we worked closely with three eastern suburbs community working groups during the first half of 2017. 

The working groups spent many hours poring over plans, asking questions, looking at things from a range of different perspectives, debating the pros and cons, grappling with challenges and trade-offs, thinking about all the possibilities, and whittling down the alternatives. They talked about parking, resident and business needs, trees, heritage features, lane widths, safer speeds, driveways, existing safety issues, pedestrian crossings, intersections and bus stops.

Then, in September 2017, Wellingtonians had the opportunity to comment on short-listed options for Evans Bay.

More than 400 people attended open days at ASB Sports Centre, and 582 people made online or written submissions about streets in the east.

Since then the Council has analysed 918 separate pieces of feedback to help determine the proposed designs for the various streets, including the coastal route around Evans Bay between the intersection of Carlton Gore Road and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). It also decided which projects to progress first. View the previously approved plans for Evans Bay phase 1. 

Our decisions have been influenced by what people told us, the funding available, more detailed information about likely costs for the different projects, and a desire to start with busy sections that will make the biggest contribution to the planned network.



Evans Bay process

Evans Bay overview