The first stage of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive shared path opened late last year.
The shared path is also known as Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai.
It is a $46 million project that will link the eastern suburbs to the city, and provides cyclists and walkers stunning views.
Ōrākei Local Board Chair Colin Davis says the path will make a huge difference to cyclists and the wider community once completed.
“The Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive shared path will become one of the most scenic cycleways and walkways in the country,” he says.
“It will boost Auckland’s increasing cycling network, help ease congestion and provide another excellent transport option for people.”
Funding from local board
Ōrākei Local Board provided funding, and the board is working with Auckland Transport to provide additional links so there is access from Meadowbank, St Johns and Kohimarama.
The completed route will provide a crucial missing link in Auckland’s cycle network, allowing cyclists to connect to Point England and Tāmaki Drive and giving walkers a picturesque new route.
The first stage of the pathway is 1.6km long. It runs from Merton Road, through Apirana Reserve and connects with St Johns Road near Sunhill Garden Centre.
The 4m-wide path is well lit and has been designed to minimise gradients where possible, making it accessible for cyclists and walkers of all abilities.
Ōrākei Ward Councillor thrilled with project
Ōrākei Ward Councillor Desley Simpson says she’s thrilled with the project.
“When complete, this will be Auckland’s largest cycling project, and provide a car-free connection to the city and public transport,” she says.
“It is completely separated from vehicle traffic. This makes it one of the safest and most scenic routes on which to walk and cycle."
“It’s a real pleasure to see the former Ōrākei Local Board’s support for this project showcased with the completion of this section.”
Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai is due to be completed in 2018.