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Coastal pathway extension (Otupaiia/Marine Park, Waitara to Mangati/Bell Block)

Project partners Manukorihi Hapū, Otaraua Hapū, Pukerangiora Hapū, Puketapu Hapū, and NPDC have designed a 9.7km shared pathway extension to the Coastal Walkway, from Otupaiia/Marine Park in Waitara to Mangati/Bell Block. This will make the entire coastal path almost 23km long.

The project

NPDC completed the most recent section of the Coastal Walkway, from Ellesmere Avenue to Bell Block Beach, in 2014. In 2017, a survey showed 86% public support for extending the shared pathway to Waitara. 

When the extension is completed in 2027, we’ll have a safe and attractive 22.9km off-road shared path from Waitara to Ngāmotu. The wellbeing of our communities will be greatly enhanced as the path will encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

The path will be a great experience for walkers, runners and bike-riders while treating this area with care and respect. The project is an opportunity to educate path users on the significant cultural, traditional, historical and spiritual landscape the shared pathway passes through.

Numerous rest areas and viewpoints will feature along the path, with users encouraged to stop, rest and appreciate the views of the ocean, the coastline and the reefs.  

The pathway will be built in stages, with sections within each stage opened as they are completed.

How we got here

Tangata whenua and NPDC have worked in partnership to develop the pathway’s design.

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Building in stages

Construction will take place over four years, starting later in 2023 and finishing in 2027.

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The highlights

The pathway will include a variety of features that will make the journey a unique experience.

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Before and after: the area between Waitara Beach and the holiday park now, and an artist’s impression of the same area after the path is built. The pathway will be nestled within the landscape and coastal restoration planting.