Great Harbour Way hails opening of Cobham Drive path

The opening today of the Cobham Drive walking and cycling paths has transformed this section of Te Aranaui o Pōneke, the Great Harbour Way, into a feature of the harbour perimeter pathway.

Opening of the Cobham Drive path
The opening ceremony of the Cobham Drive walking and cycling paths – starting with the wiata and blessing to open the path

“This fills in an important jigsaw piece in the completion of Te Aranui o Pōneke/the Great Harbour Way,” GHW Trustees Chair Graeme Hall said.

Opening of the Cobham Drive path
Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor speaking on behalf of  Transport Minister Michael Wood, with Mayor Andy Foster and Deputy Mayor Sarah Free.

“With breakthough approvals recently granted for Te Ara Tupua (the Petone to Ngauranga path) and the Eastern Bays (Eastbourne) path, the dream of having a walking-cycling path around the entire 72km perimeter of our wonderful harbour is almost a reality.”

GHW has recently had constructive talks with Centreport about the prospect of a path through, over or under the port, the only section of the GHW where the path doesn’t touch the harbour, Mr Hall said.

“Wellingtonians love the waterfront and that linear park will soon stretch from Red Rocks to Baring Head. In one of Wellington’s gateways, the new Cobham Drive walking and cycling paths showcase what is possible – to make walking, cycling, scooting or whatever, attractive options for commuting and leisure.”

Former Mayor and GHW trustee, Celia Wade Brown congratulated the City Council for recognising that cycling and walking are integral to making Wellington one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Opening of the Cobham Drive path
A large attendance of people celebrated the official opening of the path.

Founder of the Great Harbour Way concept, Mary Varnham, said that as the Great Harbour Way nears completion, it will become a magnet to locals and domestic tourists alike. 

“The completition of these harmoniously-designed walking and cycling paths on Cobham Drive, taking in Meridian Energy’s Wind Sculpture Walk, has transformed this section into one of the features of the Great Harbour Way.”  

For further information, contact Graeme Hall 021 606 101

The Great Harbour Way/ Te Aranui o Pōneke is a 72 km walking and cycling route around Te Whanganui-a-tara, the harbour of Wellington, from Ōrua-pouanui /Baring Head in the east, to Te Rimurapa/Sinclair Head in the west. Few, if any, opportunities exist elsewhere in the world to walk or cycle the entire coastline of a major city harbour, continually touching the water’s edge.

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