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Westhaven Promenade

Westhaven Promenade

More of Auckland’s waterfront has been opened up for people to enjoy thanks to a new promenade and cycleway around Westhaven Marina.

Up until now, people cycling, walking or using other means of transport through Westhaven Marina have had to contend with areas that are narrow, congested and difficult to navigate.

The new path and boardwalk is up to five metres wide and runs along the marina’s edge and through to Wynyard Quarter as a recreational “share with care” environment able to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and other users. Fast-speed cyclists will continue to use the road as their main route around the waterfront.

Two boardwalk sections take users out over the water as part of the $12 million project that also includes street furniture, lighting, signage, and landscaping as well as viewing platforms and the re-use of an old marina pontoon to create a new public access pier.

The walkway and cycleway offers a world-class visitor experience by incorporating best practice infrastructure design initiatives including, a Zero Energy Lighting Solution and a structural design that can accommodate future sea level rise.

Several cultural design elements are integrated into the promenade design to reflect the relationship of the promenade to significant sites and harbour landmarks. Maori whakatauki (proverbs) and waka stories are integrated within the precast concrete terrace steps and land-sea fauna expressed at St Mary’s Bay.

The Westhaven Promenade will eventually form part of a 21km cycleway stretching from the Auckland Harbour Bridge in the west to St Heliers in the east.

This waterfront wide route was a concept ranked by the public as the highest priority for early investment during consultation of the draft Waterfront Plan in 2011.

Continued improvements which funding is currently being sought for to further improve safety and user experience along the promenade.

Design and Technical Features 

  • The decking structures have been designed to accommodate anticipated king tide events, sea level rise and storm surges a for 30-50 year lifespan.
  • The timber decking is Spotted Gum hardwood from Australia.  This timber is very hard and suited for marine environments.
  • The timber boardwalk areas over the water sit on driven steel piles into the hard rock below the seafloor.  The piles include a zinc-aluminium primer coat and epoxy painted with marine a marine paint finish.  In addition, seismic piling along the western marina seawall was integrated within the works.
  • The re-use of a 96m portion of the former X-Pier pontoon adjacent to Z-Pier will provide direct water access for recreational boating such as Dragonboats and stand up paddleboarding activities.  This structure will also provide protection for the promenade in storm events.
  • The marina edge seawall was enhanced with rock armour placement that will be softened by retained pohutukawa trees and native coastal plantings.
  • The balustrade reflects marine design and materials with open views across the water.  Deck surface lighting is integrated within the timber handrail.
  • Timber seating and kick-rails will provide pedestrian amenity and promenade edge safety.
  • Several cultural design elements are integrated into the promenade design to reflect the relationship of the promenade to significant sites and harbour landmarks. Maori whakatauki (proverbs) and waka stories are integrated within the precast concrete terrace steps and land-sea fauna expressed at St Mary’s Bay.

Given the scale of this public walkway, numerous details with the decking construction (joists, connection details, timber profile) were reviewed by international timber experts to make certain the deck complies with durability expectations.

Getting there

You can access the Westhaven walkway and cycleway from the western end near the Harbour Bridge and Sitting Duck cafe. Coming from Wynyard Quarter, head down Beaumont Street and onto Westhaven Drive.