Cycleways and shared paths

Find out about the the cycleways and shared paths we're building so Hutt City residents can move through the city and reduce their carbon footprint.

Beltway Cycleway

We want to build a cycleway between Seaview and Taita. We are starting with building our first section between Waterloo and the Hutt River.

The Beltway Cycleway is part of our work to change the way our city moves and to help everyone get from A to B in the easiest, safest and most enjoyable way, whether you are commuting to work, going to school or just out for a recreational ride.

Cycleways and Shared Paths, like Beltway, can reduce traffic and improve air quality, they’re cheaper than roads, safer for cyclists, resilient and they will make our city more attractive.

The route, when completed, will eventually run from Taita to Seaview along High Street and Oxford Terrace adjacent to the Hutt Rail Line and, over time, will provide additional links to form a connected Lower Hutt cycling network between residential areas, workplaces, the hospital, schools and recreation areas.

This project is included in the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) 2018-21 priority list of projects in the Wellington Region. It will be jointly funded by Hutt City Council and NZTA.

Walk and Cycle the Hutt 2014-19 Strategy (PDF 2.3 MB).

The Northern Section - Wingate to Taita (PDF 973 KB) in yellow on the map

The Central Section - Waterloo to Wingate (PDF 1.7 MB) in orange on the map

Eastern Bays Shared Path

The project is a 4.4 kilometre walking and cycling path that will run along Marine Drive in two sections:

  1. between Ngau Matau Point Howard and the northern end of Oruamatoro Days Bay
  2. between the southern end of Oruamatoro Days Bay to Eastbourne.

In the future, it will also link to other paths and regional routes such as the Remutaka Cycle Trail, and a future network of walking and cycle paths around Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington Harbour.

The shared path project also includes new seawalls for improved protection from storms and waves. Construction of the path will enhance the environment where possible and will provide a base for future resilience work on the road and underground services.

Construction is likely to be completed in stages over an approximately five-year period. We expect to start construction work in late 2021/early 2022.

Walk and Cycle the Hutt 2014-2019 strategy

Manor Park Shared Path

Hutt City has a great natural environment and the evolving network of cycleways and shared paths is being developed to reduce emissions and traffic congestion, and provide safe and efficient connections across the city for walkers and cyclists.

The Manor Park Shared Path will complete a key section of the Hutt River Trail and create an important link to the Remutaka Cycle Trail.

Work on a 1.7 kilometre stretch of land between Manor Park Golf Sanctuary and the rail line, running from York Avenue to the Silverstream Rail Bridge, began on 1 September and is due to be completed by December 2021.

Remutaka Cycle Trail

The 115km regional trail starts and finishes in Lower Hutt and is one of 22 Great Rides in Ngā Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail.

It's one of New Zealand’s premier cycle trails, mainly off-road, taking in unique river, mountain and coastal scenery, mixed in with local heritage, culture and attractions.

The trail includes the Hutt River Valley, the Remutaka Range historic rail trail, South Wairarapa rural roads and the south-east Wild Coast Trail to Orongorongo. It can be ridden in either direction, but is commonly started in Petone and takes 2–3 days to complete.

We are collaborating with our trail partners to develop a long term experience development plan for the Remutaka Cycle Trail. This will detail collective projects to enhance the trail experience for users and realise the potential of our trail for our community and region – including further trail and business development, marketing and sustainable funding.

The trail’s long term vision is to be a loop ride right around the Remutaka Range via Eastbourne.

Te Ara Tupua – Petone to Melling

Te Ara Tupua aims to create a walking and cycling link between Wellington and  Hutt City.

Hutt City Council is partnering with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on the Petone to Melling section of Te Ara Tupua, which will join the future Ngauranga to Petone section and Wellington CBD to Ngauranga sections.

Key elements of the Petone to Melling section include:

  • rail underpasses at Petone and Parliament Street (near the Normandale overbridge)
  • a well-marked route through the Petone railway station car park
  • a cycle bypass for southbound cyclists at the Dowse interchange
  • a connection to the existing Hutt River Trail.

Wainuiomata Connector (Heartland) Ride

Wainuiomata has developed a Heartland Ride connecting the Wainuiomata Coast to the Hutt River as part of the Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

A new 28km Cycle Route will start at the Orongorongo River car park at the end of Coast Road in Wainuiomata and go through the Wainuiomata township, over the Te Hikoi Arawera / Wainuiomata Hill Shared Pathway and connect to the Hutt River Trail.

The route will be a Grade 3-4 ride attracting riders who are experienced riders and who are used to riding on rural roads, and be promoted alongside Remutaka Cycle Trail's more rugged coastal trail sections.

The Wainuiomata Connector Ride aims to deliver a safer on-road cycling route, increase recreation and tourism opportunities and positively benefit the health and wellbeing of the community.

This will include:

  • enhanced road safety for all users
  • employment from attractions and businesses that feature along the trail and are participating in trail related promotion
  • increasing Lower Hutt’s appeal and competitiveness as a destination
  • maximising opportunities for a range of recreational and health benefits for active communities.

The Remutaka Cycle Trail attracts thousands of riders each year across the region and generates around $4million in revenue and Wainuiomata stands to benefit from riders spending on hospitality, activities and accommodation.

Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path

Te Hikoi Ararewa (The Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path) was officially opened in June 2019.

Te Hikoi Ararewa is a key project in providing a safe and integrated network for commuting and recreational purposes that will form part of a wider strategic network with future linkages to the Beltway Cycleway and the CBD.

It has many benefits for Hutt City residents, such as:

  • a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists on a high speed road
  • safety improvements for road users including new LED lighting and roadside barriers
  • attractive facilities for new users
  • improved connectivity between Lower Hutt and Wainuiomata
  • increased active choices
  • improved access to existing mountain bike trails and walkways.

Hutt City Cycling and Micromobility Single Stage Business Case

This report sets out a road map for the next stages in developing a connected network of cycleways and shared paths in Lower Hutt, building on the progress made under the Walk and Cycle the Hutt 2014-2019 strategy with includes Te Hikoi Ararewa (The Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path), Eastern Bays Shared Path and The Beltway Cycleway.

Developing a connected network for active and sustainable modes of transport is strongly aligned with the Government Policy Statement on Transport and with Waka Kotahi NZTA, Greater Wellington and Hutt City Council strategies . Read the full Hutt City Cycling and Micromobility Business Case.