Akau Tangi / Evans Bay improvements

We're upgrading this scenic walking and biking route around Akau Tangi / Evans Bay, from Carlton Gore Road on Oriental Bay to Cobham Drive via Evans Bay Parade, with a two-way bike path and separate footpath. The section between Carlton Gore Road and Little Karaka Bay is now in use and includes improvements to the look and feel of Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham, with more space for people to enjoy. 

Once complete, this part of Wellington's coast will be even more of a drawcard for visitors and recreation. 

The new paths on the seaward side will form part of Tahitai (one tide, one journey) and Te Aranui o Pōneke / the Great Harbour Way. 

As a popular walking and biking commuter route from the east, these improvements will make things safer and more enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities. It will also be possible to ride between Miramar cutting and the city without having to ride on the road.


Councillors approved the project in March 2018 following community engagement in 2017. The project is being progressed in two sections:

  • Section 1, between Carlton Gore Road on Oriental Bay and around Evans Bay Parade as far as the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) at Greta Point, is under construction. See what to expect during construction.
  • Section 2, between NIWA and Cobham Drive, requires more design work and will likely be developed in the future. This will involve more discussion with local residents in some locations. 

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We're building a two-way bike path and new footpath on the seaward side from Oriental Bay around Akau Tangi / Evans Bay. 

Section 1, between the bottom of Carlton Gore Road and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), is under way.

The work includes new sections of seawall and public spaces around Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham. The footpath is at a lower level than the bike path and road, with seats, lookouts and platforms for easier access to the rocks. 

As it's completed, the two-way bike path will gradually replace the existing narrow on-road bike lanes.

Detailed design for some of the areas east of Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham is in development and this will involve more discussion with residents in some locations. The design work includes new seawalls at Little Karaka Bay and Balaena Bay, and the section from Weka Bay to Greta Point. 

Section 2, between Greta Point and the Cobham Drive intersection, requires more design work and will likely be developed in the future. For now, the existing shared path along this stretch will remain as is.

The new walking and biking paths on Evans Bay Parade are part of the coastal route around Akau Tangi / Evans Bay, named as Tahitai (one tide, one journey) by Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o te Ika. Tahitai goes from Oriental Bay to the Miramar end of Cobham Drive.

This route will also form part of a future 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.

With the coastal paths on Cobham Drive also under way, the Evans Bay Parade paths will help to connect the eastern suburbs with the central city.

Following open days and community feedback about routes in the east, we worked closely with three eastern suburbs community working groups during the first half of 2017. 

The working groups spent many hours poring over plans, asking questions, looking at things from a range of different perspectives, debating the pros and cons, grappling with challenges and trade-offs, thinking about all the possibilities, and whittling down the alternatives. They talked about parking, resident and business needs, trees, heritage features, lane widths, safer speeds, driveways, existing safety issues, pedestrian crossings, intersections and bus stops.

Then, in September 2017, Wellingtonians had the opportunity to comment on short-listed options for Evans Bay. You can read a summary feedback report (PDF 170KB) and all public submissions (PDF 18.1MB), or see the summary graphs (124KB).

More than 400 people attended open days at ASB Sports Centre, and 582 people made online or written submissions about streets in the east.

Since then the Council has analysed 918 separate pieces of feedback to help determine the proposed designs for the various streets, including the coastal route around Evans Bay between Oriental Bay and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). It also decided which projects to progress first.

Our decisions have been influenced by what people told us, the funding available, more detailed information about likely costs for the different projects, and a desire to start with busy sections that will make the biggest contribution to the planned network.

Keep up to date with how Akau Tangi / Evans Bay is progressing, and understand the process so far. New events will be added as the project progresses.

View the project timeline.


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