Picture from drone footage of new walkway

Western Bay of Plenty District Council have posted drone footage of the newly opened Tinopai to Lynley Park section of the Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycleway. 

The path was officially opened by the Hon Simon Bridges, Minister for Transport and Mayors Webber and Brownlees on Tuseday 11 July 2017

(The video link above is to a Facebook page but you do not need to be a Facebook member to watch the video)

Cover of Lizard News Issue 1

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Real work has finally begun on the long awaited Omokoroa - Tauranga Walk/Cycleway.  For the last three years we have been told that the work would start before Christmas. This year that promise has actually come true.

Walkway work underway

Some 260 Post-It note comments (and supporting ticks) were left by residents on the Community Plan Review Group’s boards. Thanks to all who provided such a wonderful and thoughtful response.

Naturally, there were some “hot” topics:

  • Omokoroa Reserves (other than The Domain) (42)
  • Domain/Esplanade/Parking/Boat Ramp (30)
  • Provide for a secondary school (23) – A Ministry Of Education issue
  • Sort out SH2 and the Omokoroa intersection (20) – A NZ Transport Authority issue
  • Trees (14)
  • Rubbish and recycling (13)
  • Cellphone reception (13)
  • Water taxi / ferry to Tauranga (13)
  • Slips (11)

There were other issues raised that the Council, Community Board and Community Plan Review Group have no control over, e.g a Drycleaner and a Village Pub.

You can read the all the feedback here


In the pouring rain at the end of Tinopai Drive, on Friday 5 August 2016, the official party of Western Bay Mayor, Ross Patterson, Minister of Transport, Hon Simon Bridges, and Tauranga Mayor, Stuart Crosby, turned the first sods for the new Omokoroa to Tauranga walkway - cycleway.

Ross Patterson, Hon Simon Bridges, and Stuart Crosby, turn the first sods