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Getting Auckland moving: Grafton Gully Cycleway

The Northwestern Cycleway is one of the most popular cycleways in Auckland, with over 700 people on average using it each day. To help reduce congestion on Auckland’s roads and to connect the city centre with its city fringe suburbs, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Auckland Council decided to extend it. The $11 million, 1.9km long Grafton Gully cycleway extension project was born.

New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA’s) goals:

  • To provide an alternative mode of transport into the city centre.
  • To encourage the uptake of cycling as a healthy and safe mode of transport in Auckland.
  • To provide a safer and more direct route into Auckland city, encouraging novice cyclists to become confident on the road.
  • To provide better connections between the inner city and waterfront for cyclists.
  • To restore one of the last remaining sections of native broadleaf forest in the Auckland isthmus.


What we did:

Construction was divided into five stages and included:

  • A new 3-4m wide concrete cycle path following the general motorway alignment in Grafton Gully, starting from Upper Queen Street and connecting to a shared path at Beach Road.
  • An underpass between Wellesley Street East and Grafton Road.

The outcome:

The extended cycleway provides approximately 15km of almost all off-road access for cyclists between central Auckland and Te Atatu in the west.