We're making changes for people on foot and on bikes

This section of the route goes along Oriental Parade from Carlton Gore Road  and along Evans Bay Parade as far as the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) at Greta Point. 

With the paths and landscaping around Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham to Little Karaka Bay already in use, construction work will soon be starting on the new walking and biking paths between Weka Bay and NIWA. This will take about eight months and should be completed in late 2021.

The section between Little Karaka Bay and Weka Bay will include improvements to some of the seawalls and changing the road layout where it's particularly narrow. The detailed design and consenting for this area will take longer so we are getting on with the more straight-forward section near NIWA.  


The 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. 

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  • The two-way asphalt bike path will be between the footpath and the road, at the same level as the footpath. It will be 3m wide wherever possible, and narrower in some places where space is constrained.
  • The exposed aggregate concrete footpath will generally be 2m wide but the width will vary depending on the space available.
  • Parking for 173 vehicles will remain along this stretch (15 fewer than before).
  • New seawalls at Little Karaka Bay and Balaena Bay will help to create more space.
  • Parking on the seaward side will still be against the kerb, with a .8m to 1m-wide buffer between the kerb and bike path to give people space for getting in and out of cars.
  • Bus stops on the seaward side will have a 1.5m-wide buffer between the kerb and bike path for people getting on and off buses.
  • New pedestrian crossings will be installed at Kio Bay and Balaena Bay.
  • Traffic lanes will generally be 3.5m wide. Extra width will be provided on bends.
At Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham
  • New sections of seawall have been built to fill in the gaps between the existing walls. This has created more space for developing separate paths for people on foot and on bikes. The new seawalls will also better protect the road.
  • Around the point, the footpath is on the lower level with easy access from above (no steps).
  • There are two lookout spots at footpath level, with seats and planting, where people can stop and enjoy the views.
  • Large concrete platforms in two places mean people can step down to the rocky point.
  • Weathered (corten) steel will be used as part of the barrier fences, look-out points, seats, rubbish bins, place name signs, and bike stands.
  • New lighting poles with banner arms have replaced the existing poles.

These bus stop relocations were approved by Councillors in 2018 following community feedback in 2017.

Detailed design for this area between Little Karaka Bay and NIWA is in development and this will likely involve more discussion with some local residents. 

  • Northbound bus stop outside 48/50 Evans Bay Parade relocated to be outside 56/60 Evans Bay Parade.
  • Northbound bus stop outside 90 Evans Bay Parade to be removed.
  • Southbound bus stop located at Balaena Bay public changing rooms relocated 20m further south.
  • Southbound bus stop opposite 128 Evans Bay Parade relocated to be opposite 148 Evans Bay Parade. 
  • Northbound bus stop at 212 Evans Bay Parade relocated to be outside 208 Evans Bay Parade.
  • Southbound bus stop opposite 220 Evans Bay Parade relocated about 20m further south.

Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham changes

See how the Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham area looked before the work was completed.

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