Athenree Shared Path

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We’re investigating a new, shared walkway and cycleway connecting Athenree to Waihī Beach across the Waiau Estuary. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think of the proposal.

The proposed path design is:

  • 380 metres long across the estuary from Island View
  • 2.5 metre wide boardwalk
  • connecting to a 440 metre long surfaced path through Dr North Reserve to Pōhutukawa Drive
  • mobility scooter and wheelchair friendly
  • includes an elevated section over the highest tide level in the Waiau Estuary channel to allow small boats to pass under
  • uses a minimally invasive design that protects the estuary environment, and the historical and cultural heritage of the area.

A shared path across the estuary would add a special experience to the existing trails around Athenree and Waihī Beach. Visitors and residents would be able to enjoy the estuary from a new angle, and could walk between communities within an hour, adding to the liveliness of the area without creating congestion from cars and parking.

You can view the enlarged map of the proposed location here.



Council and the Waihī Beach Community Board have allocated funding for the design of the path and to prepare a resource consent application, but need to gauge community support before we go any further.

What do you think of the shared path? Take our survey below.

We’re investigating a new, shared walkway and cycleway connecting Athenree to Waihī Beach across the Waiau Estuary. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think of the proposal.

The proposed path design is:

  • 380 metres long across the estuary from Island View
  • 2.5 metre wide boardwalk
  • connecting to a 440 metre long surfaced path through Dr North Reserve to Pōhutukawa Drive
  • mobility scooter and wheelchair friendly
  • includes an elevated section over the highest tide level in the Waiau Estuary channel to allow small boats to pass under
  • uses a minimally invasive design that protects the estuary environment, and the historical and cultural heritage of the area.

A shared path across the estuary would add a special experience to the existing trails around Athenree and Waihī Beach. Visitors and residents would be able to enjoy the estuary from a new angle, and could walk between communities within an hour, adding to the liveliness of the area without creating congestion from cars and parking.

You can view the enlarged map of the proposed location here.



Council and the Waihī Beach Community Board have allocated funding for the design of the path and to prepare a resource consent application, but need to gauge community support before we go any further.

What do you think of the shared path? Take our survey below.

Page last updated: 13 October 2021, 14:21