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Maitai to Rocks Road Walking and Cycling Improvements

Contractor Higgins
Project Manager Opus
Funding Partner NZTA Urban Cycleway Initiative
Budget $1.9 Million
Status Construction complete Sept 2018

Maitai to Rocks Road cycling project map

Project completed September 2018 

Construction work has now been completed. The Shared path will be officially opened on Sunday 30 September 2018 at 11 am. Members of the public are most welcome to come along. 

There will be a free sausage sizzle on site and the official ribbon cutting will be done by Mayor Rachel Reese and Acting Associate Minister for Transport James Shaw. The ribbon-cutting will happen at the end of the path nearest to The Customhouse backpackers and everyone will be welcome to ride the path once the formalities are finished. 


February 2018

Construction will begin on site on 12 February and Higgins has been appointed as the contractor.

The creation of this new facility means there are some changes to the road along the route. These changes are shown in the plan above and include:

Port side of Haven Road:

  • 3m wide shared path
  • bus stop relocations
  • removal of two areas of car parking to create space for the path and bus stops
  • new Haven Road crossing point local to Fountain Place.

 Landward side of Haven Road:

  • improve existing on-road cycleways (on both sides of the road)
  • car parks removed on the right-hand side of vehicle crossings (when exiting) to improve visibility
  • safety improvements at Russell Street intersection.

 The plan below shows the works we’ll carry out and their location. 

Another feature highlighted in the plan is the trial closure of the median cut-through opposite 183 Haven Road.  Closing this cut-through will reduce the number of conflicting vehicle movements across Haven Road.  During the trial, we will determine how the closure impacts the use of the road and other cut-through points.  

You can find more detail on the project at  

January 2018

Work is now set to begin later in February to construct the three-metre-wide shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. The project goes from the existing Maitai River shared path, along Queen Elizabeth II Drive, Haven Road and Wakefield Quay. Work involves constructing new shared paths, kerb, line markings, crossings, landscaping, street lighting and resurfacing of the intersections along Haven Road.

Most of the work will be done during the day in the road shoulder, reducing the impact on traffic flows along this busy route. There will be one lane closed with Stop/Go traffic management for the resurfacing and lane marking work to be done at night, but in the main, the work will be off the carriageway which will minimise the impact on road users.

The New Zealand Transport Agency is leading this project and appreciates that this road is a key route in and out of Nelson and thanks all drivers for being patient while it is underway. If people are able to use Waimea Road/ Rutherford St to get to and from the city, that may help while work is underway.

 Work on the shared pathway is expected to be complete by the end of June, weather permitting.

 Cycling advice Maitai River pathway to Rocks Road

Cyclists will need to cycle on the roadway where crews are working, as the marked cycle lane will be closed while these works are underway. Experienced cyclists may choose to use the traffic lane, given the slower speed limit. Drivers are asked to take care around cyclists.

November 2017

Detailed design has now been completed. Download a copy of the design here (2.9MB PDF). The project will go out to tender soon with the aim of starting construction in February 2018. 

May 2017

This project will now progress through to detailed design and construction.

The cycle route will connect the existing Maitai Shared Path near Wildman Avenue, to the proposed Haven Precinct and existing amenities on Wakefield Quay. The preferred option is for a shared path on the seaward side of Haven Road and improved on-road commuter cycle lanes.

The Works and Infrastructure Committee agreed to support recommendations that the NZ Transport Agency take the lead on the delivery of the project. Under this recommendation, the project will be funded by central government’s Urban Cycleway Fund. Delivery of the project will continue to involve council officers to ensure it is integrated with other projects in the area.

January 2017

Investigations into options for a facility to improve safety for cyclists and walkers along the Haven Road Portion of State Highway 6 have been undertaken. C consultation with landowners and stakeholders is underway and a decision on the final option to proceed to detailed design will is expected to be made in March 2017.


Nelson City Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency want to make cycling a safe, convenient and commonplace way of getting around Nelson.

Haven Road is a significant route for commuter cyclists travelling from Tahunanui to the CBD and back. However it currently has minimal facilities for the “interested but concerned” cyclist group. These are the cyclists who are not as confident as the daily commuter cyclist, but could be if they had appropriate facilities to use.

Four options have been considered as part of the investigation and a preferred option developed. These options include:

  • Do minimum consisting of providing a painted buffer to provide additional width to existing on road cycle lanes
  • A separated on road facility in either direction providing a physical barrier between traffic and cyclists
  • A shared pathway on the northern (Seaward) side of Haven Road (Preferred Option)
  • A shared pathway on the southern (inland) side of Haven Road

Download before and after visualisation information on Haven Road. (5.2MB PDF)

Once built, the new facility will form part of the coastal route identified by NZTA as key infrastructure. The project has been successful in obtaining Urban Cycleway Programme Funding from NZTA and is included in the 2015-2018 Regional Land Transport Plan and the 2015-2025 Log-term Plan.

Council has commissioned Opus Limited to deliver the next stage of the project. You can read more about the National Urban Cycleway Initiative.


The community and stakeholder groups were asked to provide feedback on the preferred option and how it should look and function if built. The feedback period closed on Wednesday 22 February 2017.