NZTA helped fund the SkyPath design and supported its consenting through the Resource Management Act process. SkyPath attaches to the Auckland Harbour Bridge at a cost of approx $67 million.
However NZTA is now planning to build a separate bridge called the Northern Pathway, which has been selected for fast-tracked RMA processing. The Northern Pathway has pro's and con's... it's slightly wider (5 metres) and would have no limit of the number of users, however it's a lot more expensive (currently estimated at $240 million), needs a new resource consent and now NZTA advise it requires an anchorage buttress in Te Onewa Pa Reserve along with the removal of houses and scheduled (protected) pohutukawa. We recommend this design for the landing at Northcote Point that does not require removal of houses.
Unfortunately the Northern Pathway also introduces significant delay and risks. The project's delivery timeframe has been slipping while the costing increases significantly. With the 2020 election approaching, National's transport infrastructure package excludes walking & cycling across the Auckland Harbour - which we say just isn't smart.