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

Work on the connection between RiverLink and the city centre  has now been deferred, and will be considered in future planning for the period 2024-2027. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has made the decision to remove funding for our project through the Transport Choices Programme. A number of different projects across the country received similar news recently.

What next?

Council wants to complete the project as soon as funding becomes available. When the time comes, we will re-engage with stakeholders, including businesses along the route, to keep them informed of progress.

When built, this project will be an important link in the network we are creating for the city. This will be a new active mode corridor for Lower Hutt. The route will go from Cornwall Street through the city centre to the planned RiverLin k pedestrian and cycle bridge (learn more about RiverLink here).

It will link to the:

  • Oxford Terrace shared path (from Taitā to Waterloo Station),
  • the RiverLink pedestrian and cycle bridge, and
  • Te Ara Tupua Melling to Petōne path, and beyond!

RiverLink to City Centre route

An outline of the new preferred route – along Waterloo Road, crossing Bloomfield Terrace and Queens Drive, before crossing High Street and utilising the right-of-way adjacent to the Countdown car park, ending at the planned RiverLink pedestrian and cycle bridge.

It's an important part of the Central City Transformation Plan to open up our city centre, and will make it safer, easier and more attractive for everyone to get around whether you drive, walk, bike or scooter!

We thank everyone for their feedback and involvement so far. We will keep this page updated as new information becomes available.

Work on the Waterloo Station to city centre cycleway project has now been deferred due to changes with associated projects and recognising the need to minimise distruption as Riverlink construction gets underway. The team is grateful for the feedback provided by the community through the early engagement phases of the project. Council has decided to complete the design process which will allow the team to re-submit for funding approval as part of the 2024-2027 Long Term Plan.

As a result of the deferral, Council approved to retain Knights Road in its current road layout. This allows us to continue to provide some separation and improve safety for cyclists along this route.

We are still committed to making the streets around Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt safe and connected for everyone, now, and in the future and will keep this page updated.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 Pito-One (Petone) to Melling section of Te Ara Tupua,

The Pito-One to Melling project is a 3km safe and separated cycling route stretching from Pito-One to the Hutt River Trail near Bridge Street.

Key features include:

  • a 2.25km long cycleway between the railway line and State Highway 2
  • underpasses at Pito-One and Parliament Street (near the Normandale overbridge)
  • a well-marked shared path through the Petone train station car park
  • a cycle bypass for southbound cyclists at the Dowse Interchange, and
  • Shared path connections to the existing Hutt River Trail.

The new path will eventually join the Ngā Ūranga to Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua, which connects to the Hutt Road and Thorndon Quay cycleways; it will also link to walking and cycling infrastructure set to be built as part of RiverLink.