Walking New Zealand
New Cobham Drive cycleway now open in Wellington
Earlier in March, NZ Transport Agency joined Wellington City Council, mana whenua and the local community for the opening of the Cobham Drive section of Tahitai. These walking and bike paths are part of a future route around the edge of Wellington Harbour from Miramar cutting to the central city. These will also make up part of the Great Harbour Way, a future 72km safe signposted route around the entire perimeter of Te Whanganui a Tara / Wellington. The path was officially opened by MP for Ōhāriu Greg O’Connor, Mayor Andy Foster, and Deputy Mayor Sarah Free. Students from Evans Bay Intermediate School rode along the new paths after the ribbon was cut. “This is one of our busier biking routes so it’s very pleasing that this stretch is now safer and easier to ride than it was – and that people on foot now have a safer place to walk and run,” said Deputy Mayor Sarah Free. “The 430m of new rock revetment has been engineered to spread the force of the sea and help to protect this coastline of reclaimed land, the new paths and state highway. The rock revetment will also provide better places for kororā (little blue penguins) to nest.”
The next stages to provide walking and bike paths around Akau Tangi / Evans Bay are underway now.