Wakely Road shared path on hold

Plans to upgrade the Wakely Road track to be a safer walking and biking route between Newlands and Ngauranga are on hold for now due to the costs involved and limited available funding.

Instead, Wakely Road will be considered as part of a wider project in 2019-2021 to work with the community on safer biking routes in and around Newlands, including the Ngauranga connection.

In the meantime, we may be able to make some gradual improvements to the Wakely Road track as funding allows. 

Wakely Road 

What would change

Most of Wakely Road is a rough four-wheel drive track, from the intersection of Spenmoor Street and Lyndfield Lane down to Centennial Highway. Work to upgrade the track to a safe walking and biking shared path would include:

  • new storm water drainage and removal of old culverts
  • levelled and paved surface
  • graded corners to limit speed
  • more safety fences in steeper areas
  • trees and other vegetation cut back
  • signs at each end of the path
  • a biking connection from Glover Street to the Wakely Road path.


How this will help

Once upgraded, this section of Wakely Road will be an off-road shared path that can be used by more people. It will provide a better connection from Newlands and the northern suburbs to the Hutt Road walking and biking paths and, in future, to the Wellington–Hutt Valley link.

This is one of a series of changes to improve connections and make it safer and easier for people to get to the central city by bike.


Next steps 

  • Community engagement on biking routes in and around Newlands, including the Ngauranga connection, is scheduled for 2019-2021.
  • The feedback period on the traffic changes (resolutions) related to this proposal was 25 July to 11 August 2017.
  • Councillors approved the proposal to upgrade the track and improve access between Glover Street and the bottom of the track on 14 September 2017.


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