Rocks Road Walking and Cycling Improvements


Contractor: TBA
Project Manager:  Opus
Budget: $3 million
Status TBA
Time frame: 4 years


The Public consultation process in mid 2014 sought feedback from the community on two concepts to increase walking and cycling use; improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians and make the area more attractive. NZTA is leading the project with project managers OPUS engaged.


Rocks Road is an iconic community asset as well as being one of the Nelson City’s most popular and busy stretches of road. It is unique in terms of its heritage status, its recreational potential and the fact that it offers a prime connection between the city and the sea. As such, Rocks Road offers an unrivalled amenity corridor, suitable for cycle commuters, recreational walkers and cyclists.

Nelson has an admirable record in walking and cycling initiatives and our  network of quality walkways and cycleways makes much of our city safe and easy to navigate. Nelson City Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency recognise that the current cycling and pedestrian facilities along Rocks Road, between Tahunanui Beach and Wakefield Quay, could be improved to make these activities safer, more enjoyable and more attractive to a wider range of people.

Nelson City Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) jointly investigated ways to improve the walking and cycling experience along Rocks Road.