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Pāpāmoa Shared Pathway

We’re creating a new shared pathway along the Pāpāmoa Coastal Reserve to make walking and cycling safer, to create a reserve space for people to enjoy, and to protect the Pāpāmoa Dunes (Te Ākau ki Pāpāmoa).

We want to know what you think

The pathway has been developed from what we have heard from the community over a number of years, and we want to check in with you now to make sure we're on the right track.

We have a short survey for you to complete to tell us what you think about this project. The survey closes on Sunday 27 November and will take about 2 minutes to complete.

Take the survey

Please let us know what additional features you would like us to consider for the final design. Most of these additions will be built in stage two of the project but it's important we start planning for them now.

These features could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Seating
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQs
  • Shade
  • Trees
  • More dune (ecological) planting
  • Formal car parking areas
  • Showers
  • Drinking fountains
  • Play along the way elements
  • Exercise equipment
  • Rubbish bins
  • Doggie bag dispensers.

Key features of the shared pathway

The mostly gravel pathway will make walking and cycling safer next to Pāpāmoa Beach Road and further enhances this reserve space.

The pathway provides ample width, with the 3.5m wide pathway designed to fit four people walking alongside each other, or two people going each way.

There will be rest spaces with some timber decking and seating that will align with the side streets and where people are walking from. Two larger ‘activity hub’ spaces are proposed where there would be more space for picnics and food trucks etc.

The pathway will feature signage that shares the stories and history of mana whenua giving people the opportunity to reconnect and engage with this area of cultural significance. Bringing this reserve space to life will support the ecological balance of the dunes while also connecting the community.

The project will happen over two stages and outlined below are the details of each stage.

Stage one features: (funding committed)

  • Pathway between Pāpāmoa Domain and Parton Road Beach access.
  • New public toilets in the open space area (Activity Hub) opposite Parton Road as well as a drinking fountain and seating.
  • Pedestrian crossing points on Pāpāmoa Beach Road, located near Douglas Place, Alexander Place and Grant Place to facilitate safer walking and cycling.
  • Signage that tells some of the history of the area
  • Some additional features as guided by community feedback (limited due to budget)

Stage two features: (subject to funding)

  • Pathway from Parton Road to Taylor Reserve
  • Lookout areas
  • Further upgrades to the facilities and amenities along the full pathway (as guided by community feedback)

Looking to the future

Pāpāmoa shared pathway masterplan (9.3mb pdf)

The Pāpāmoa Shared Pathway masterplan provides a vision for the reserve and considers key access areas and opportunities to link up to a network of shared paths and cycleways in the area and wider region.

Funding has been secured for Stage one, while all other proposals in the masterplan will be conditional to funding in Stage two. Community feedback will also guide the direction of this masterplan and future investment decisions.

Protecting our dunes

While investing in the coastal reserve, we also want to support our dune restoration work, alongside Coast Care.

As part of the pathway’s construction, ground planting with native dune species will be included to support the restoration of the dunes. This will not only support the ecology of the dunes, but also encourage the public to use existing formal paths through the dunes and discourage the creation of new paths.

The dunes are a significant ecological area, and in addition to hosting some rare plant species, they also protect our Pāpāmoa community as the climate changes and sea levels rise.

The dunes hold significant importance to Ngā Pōtiki and Waitaha iwi, who have collected food, played, and battled over these dunes for the last 700 years.

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Survey closes 11:59pm, Sunday 27 November 2022


  • Community engagement

    2 - 27 November 2022
  • Design finalised

    December 2022
  • Stage one - construction begins (subject to contractor and material availability)

    Autumn 2023
  • Estimated completion of stage one

    End of Winter 2023
  • Stage two

    Estimated to be completed in 2025


Subject to contractor and material availability, construction will begin early 2023 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of winter 2023.

The new shared pathway will provide a route to the formalised beach access points, and we will regenerate vegetation that has been damaged by people accessing the informal beach access points. We encourage beach users to use the designated accessways to help protect our dune plants.

The project came about following requests from Pāpāmoa residents for a shared path along the coast. This was supported by a number of benefits Council considered for safety and the environment.

It's hoped that the development of a shared pathway and the creation of rest areas along the way will encourage the use of the formalised beach access ways (rather than the informal ones) that are in place and reduce damage to the dune system.

By planting in the areas between the dune vegetation and the new shared path, we will also be able to manage the intrusion of weeds along the back dune much better.

Over the past two decades, Tauranga City Council and its partners have been encouraging people to stick to the formal paths through the Pāpāmoa dunes.

The dunes are identified as a Significant Ecological Area because there are several rare and significant plant and invertebrate species that live there.

The dunes also help to enhance the resilience of the Pāpāmoa community and protect Pāpāmoa from the changing climate and sea level rise.

Unfortunately, the sensitive dune plants are damaged where people walk, which creates areas where the plants are unable to establish, and the dune system is weakened. Foot traffic also brings in weeds which can take over areas from the more vulnerable native plant species.

There will be plenty of space for parking on the grass along the full length of the path, as the flat areas of grass will be retained for parking.

We will make some minor changes to these areas, which include:

  • Gravelling parking areas to improve maintenance.
  • Adding planting in the swales (low boggy areas) and the high points of the dunes to clarify where it is safe to park.
  • Building low fences at the rest areas of the shared path to manage parking.

The shared pathway will be mostly constructed out of gravel. The path will be just like the Mauao Base Track and will have a generous width of 3.5m wide.

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Survey closes 11:59pm, Sunday 27 November 2022

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Got a question about this project?

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 Phone 07 577 7000 


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