New promenade and cycleway added
Access to the waterfront just got easier with the opening of a new promenade and cycleway around the harbour.
The $12 million Westhaven Promenade is up to five metres wide and runs from the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Wynyard Quarter.
It includes street furniture, lighting, signage and viewing platforms as well as the incorporation of an old marina pontoon to create a new public access pier.
Mayor Len Brown says Auckland’s waterfront is up there with the best.
‘‘Westhaven Marina is spectacular and it’s only right we show off this part of the waterfront and get people to fall in love with living in a maritime city.
‘‘As well as being a valu- able visitor attraction, the route will also form a key part of a wider walking and cycling network in the city centre,’’ Brown says.
Several cultural design elements such as Maori whakatauki (proverbs) and waka stories are integrated into the design to reflect the relationship of the promenade to significant sites and harbour landmarks.
It will eventually form part of a 21km cycleway stretching from the harbour bridge in the west to St Heliers in the east.