Harbour Bridge Park

Harbour Bridge Park

The upgrade of the Harbour Bridge Park public space was identified as a future project in the Waterfront Plan 2012 and the Westhaven Plan 2013 (2015). Work is now progressing on the design of this space to get it ready for construction in 2023.

The Waterfront Plan described the upgrade of Harbour Bridge Park as:

“A new green public space featuring a waterfront walkway and cycleway, providing increased access to the water for St Mary's and Herne Bay residents and the wider community. There will be opportunities for native planting, recognition of cultural heritage, and picnic and fishing spots to make the most of this area’s superb outlook across the harbour.”


Taking this plan off the page, the upgrade to Harbour Bridge Park will involve the following changes:

  • Curran Street will be realigned to the back of the park away from the water’s edge, and redesigned as a one-way traffic system heading west to east
  • A separated cycleway will be installed, providing a key connection between the north-western and central city cycle network
  • Open green space will be designed to encourage recreational activity and as a place for people to spend time enjoying the views
  • Piers will provide an extended viewing point over the water, and can be used for fishing activities which are popular in the area
  • Different seating options will be in place to accommodate a range of users
  • Rain gardens installed within the car parking area will improve the stormwater treatment in the area
  • Ground levels will be elevated to mitigate rising sea levels
  • Car parking provision will be maintained at current levels
  • The wāhi tapu site (site of significance) Te Routu o Ureia will be represented in the space through landscape design, Māori mahi toi (Māori art) and signage in both te reo Māori and English

Wāhi tapu (site of significance)

The land that Harbour Bridge Park resides on is reclaimed, and before 1920 it was a tidal area of the Waitematā Harbour.

Within Harbour Bridge Park there is an identified wāhi tapu site (site of significance) named Te Routu o Ureia (reef of Ureia).

The renowned taniwha Ureia scratched its back on the protected area of reef that juts out from the headland.

The site’s cultural significance will be represented within the landscape design, native planting, Māori mahi toi (Māori artwork), and signage in both te reo Māori and English.

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Project Updates

Concept design is ready for engagement and consultation
March 2022

Concept design is ready for engagement and consultation

After several earlier workshops, the Waitematā Local Board endorsed the concept design for Harbour Bridge Park ahead of public engagement and stakeholder consultation. Eke Panuku is now sharing the design with interested stakeholders and the public to inform them of the planned works, as well as receive and incorporate their feedback where appropriate ahead of creating a detailed design and lodging consent later in 2022.

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