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

The development of the two-way bike path around the coast between Carlton Gore Road and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is a major project that will take about two years. The first section around Pt Jerningham is expected to take about 10 months.


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Construction around Pt Jerningham


What's changing in 2019/early 2020

  • Construction contractors Downer will start work on Oriental Parade near the intersection of Carlton Gore Road in late April 2019. Over about 10 months, they will work around Pt Jerningham to complete the first 800m of the planned new two-way harbourside bike path.
  • New sections of seawall will be built in this location to fill in the gaps between the existing sections built in the 1930s. This will provide more public space above so separate paths for people on foot and on bikes can be developed. It will also better protect the road.
  • The footpath will be 2m wide or more in most places. The two-way bike path will be about 3m wide. Traffic lanes will generally be 3.5m wide. Extra width will be provided on bends.
  • Two look-out spots with views over the harbour, rocky point below and back to the city will be developed.
  • People will be able to step down to the rocky point via a series of large concrete seating platforms in two places - at the end of Oriental Bay and at Pt Jerningham.
  • The public areas around the point will be on two levels as they are now. The lower level will be mainly for people on foot and will have easy access (no steps).
  • Weathered (corten) steel will be used on the barrier fences, look-out points, seats, rubbish bins, place name signs, and bike stands.
  • New sections of two-way bike path will gradually replace the existing narrow on-road bike lanes.

Construction east of Pt Jerningham


What's changing from early 2020

  • Construction of the new two-way bike path will continue in sections as far as the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
  • Detailed designs for the areas east of Pt Jerningham are still in development. This will involve more discussion with local residents in some locations. information on when and how the work will be carried out will be available later in 2019.
  • New pedestrian crossings will be installed at Kio Bay and Balaena Bay.
  • Parking on the seaward side will be against a kerb, as now, with a .8m-1m-wide buffer between the kerb and the 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.

What to expect


What to look out for when work is happening

  • A 30km/h speed limit will be in place at all times where work is happening.
  • Between 9am and 4pm, traffic will be down to one lane through the work zone most of the time.
  • Temporary traffic lights will operate at these times.
  • Outside these hours, including at peak times, traffic lanes will normally operate in both directions.
  • The work site and construction fencing means the traffic lanes will be narrower than usual, which is why the 30km/h speed limit will be in place at all times.
  • Weekend work is possible at times.
  • It will take longer to travel through this area particularly 9am to 4pm, so take another route if you can or allow extra time.
  • Large vehicles, and goods trucks that can’t use the Mt Victoria Tunnel will still be able to use the route.
  • People will be able to walk, run, bike and drive through this area at all times, but will need to take extra care.
  • The existing on-road bike lanes will be out of action where work is happening, so people on bikes will generally need to share the 30km/h section of road with other traffic.
  • Parking in the work area will be affected.
  • Bus stops will need to be temporarily relocated at times during the construction period.
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