Wellington's eastern gateway


The Cobham Drive walking and biking improvements along the seaward side of Cobham Drive are part of our plan to turn this coastal recreation area into an eastern gateway for Wellington.

This is the main transport route to and from Wellington Airport and is often the first glimpse of the city and its harbour for visitors. It's also home to the Meridian Energy Wind Sculpture Walk.

The new two-way bike path and separate footpath will make things safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Landscaping, planting, seats and bike parking will provide places where people can enjoy the views.  

As a popular commuter route from the east, and visitor and recreational destination, the route forms part of Tahitai and Te Aranui o Pōneke / the Great Harbour Way – our region’s goal to one day have a walking and cycling path all the way around Wellington Harbour to Sinclair Head on the south coast.

Completion of this project has been pushed out until early-mid December. We are working with Wellington Water and Greater Wellington Regional Council to replace the old stormwater pipes at the eastern end of the rock revetment. The installation of new pipes and manholes is proving tricky and taking a little longer than expected. 

Cobham Drive artist's impressions

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Te Awa-a-Taia (the beach and park area adjacent to Evans Bay Marina where the Zephyrometer is).

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Cobham Drive landscaped area 2 artists impression Aug 2019

One of the landscaped areas to be developed along Cobham Drive.

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Cobham Drive landscaped area artists impression Aug 2019

One of the landscaped areas to be developed along Cobham Drive.

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Cobham Drive under plane artists impression Aug 2019

One of the landscaped areas to be developed along Cobham Drive (near the airport runway).

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Cobham Drive urban forest artists impression Aug 2019

The area near the Urban Forest sculpture.

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Cobham Drive urban forest artists impression from road Aug 2019

The area near the Urban Forest sculpture.

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Cobham Drive wind sock akau tangi artists impression Aug 2019

The area near the Akau Tangi sculpture.

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Construction work along the seaward side of Cobham Drive resumed from 15 May 2019. The area will be fenced off progressively as contractors build the remaining sections of path and landscaping, with planting to follow. 

The first section of new path, between Miramar wharf and Calabar Road, was completed in December 2017.
New street lighting poles with LED lights and banners were installed along the Cobham Drive central median during 2018 and early 2019, and cables were moved underground. The old lighting and trolley bus poles were removed as part of this work.

The new paths, landscaping, lighting, seats, viewing platforms at the wind sculptures, and improvements at the small beach area at Evans Bay Marina are scheduled to be completed in May 2020. Planting of the area will be carried out after this during the winter. 

Coastal erosion work along part of the Cobham Drive foreshore will mean the Troy Street carpark area is likely to be completed in July 2020. 

Councillors approved the project in June 2017 following community engagement. 

What to expect during construction

The area along the seaward side of Cobham Drive will be landscaped and planted with hardy coastal species.

The wind sculptures will be enhanced with landscaping, seats and bike parking.

The existing shared path will be replaced with a two-way bike path and separate footpath.

The small off-street parking area near the Troy Street roundabout will be upgraded, with new bike parking and five P180 car parks. 

See the details of what's changing

The new Cobham Drive paths are part of the harbourside route around Akau Tangi / Evans Bay, named as Tahitai (one tide, one journey) by Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o te Ika. 

This route will also form part of a future Te Aranui o Pōneke / the Great Harbour Way.

With the first phase of the two-way coastal bike path on Evans Bay also under way, the Cobham Drive paths will help to connect the eastern suburbs with the central city. Once complete, it will be possible to ride the 7km journey between Miramar cutting and the city without having to ride on the road.


Keep up to date with how work on Cobham Drive is going and understand the process so far. New events will be added as the project progresses.

View the project timeline.

The Let's Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) programme plans to make it safer for people to cross some of our busier roads including Cobham Drive.

Consultation on options for helping people on foot and on bikes to safely cross Cobham Drive is likely to happen in mid-2020. A safe crossing would connect with new paths under construction on the seaward side of Cobham Drive, around Evans Bay, and new paths in and around Kilbirnie.


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