Golden Mile improvements

We’re transforming the Golden Mile to move more people with fewer vehicles, creating space for thriving and attractive streets in the heart of Wellington.

About this project

The Golden Mile is an incredible asset for the city and the region. It’s our high street, where we meet, and the main route for buses bringing people into and through the central city. It’s the city’s busiest pedestrian area and our prime employment, shopping and entertainment destination.

Its transformation will create a vibrant and welcoming place to live, work and play as well as make it safer to walk, bike and scoot. Fewer vehicles will mean wider footpaths, better public transport and make it a safer and more pleasant place to walk, shop and dine. Bus services will be improved by having dedicated bus lanes. Bus stops will also be improved, consolidated and relocated to improve bus travel time and reliability.

Changing the shape of the Golden Mile which will also support the Pōneke Promise – a social contract between Wellingtonians, Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Police and the City’s hospitality and retail industries to create a CBD and city that is vibrant, inclusive and compassionate.

Together these changes will support and encourage more walking, cycling and public transport use which will help reduce our carbon emissions. Each of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving partners is committed to making changes to reduce the impact that our transport system has on climate change.


Where this project is happening

The “Golden Mile” refers to the main retail and commercial strip extending from the Parliament end of Lambton Quay, along Willis St and through to Manners St to the eastern end and entertainment hub of Courtenay Place.


What we've heard

In 2020, nearly 2,000 people told us they wanted to see the Golden Mile transformed by significantly changing the road layout to create wider pedestrian spaces (75% more), bus lanes, dedicated areas for bikes and scooters and removing private motor vehicles. People also provided us with great feedback on what they liked and didn’t like about the three options:

  • Streamline: To take some general traffic off the Golden Mile and make buses more reliable
  • Prioritise: Went further to fully prioritise buses and pedestrians
  • Transform: Changed the road layout to create wider pedestrian spaces (75% more), bus lanes and, some, dedicated areas for people on bikes.

We’ve listened and considered what people and businesses have said alongside technical assessments to see which of the three proposed Golden Mile improvement options would work best for our city.

Feedback from individuals, businesses, groups and organisations can be found in the Golden Mile Engagement Outcomes Summary (PDF | 3MB)

Transforming the Golden Mile

The Transform option, with some modifications in response to public feedback, is the technically and publicly preferred option. So, this option will advance to the final stage of its business case.

Modifications to Transform are being guided by what Wellingtonians told us they liked or didn’t like about the concepts. This feedback will help us refine our thinking, and as we move into the final stage of the Business Case, we are looking at how we can:

  • Allow commercial and delivery vehicles to use the Golden Mile at certain times.
  • Keep some loading bays and taxi stands on the Golden Mile and move some to side roads.
  • Keep Tory Street open to private vehicles for through movements while closing turns to and from Courtenay Place.
  • Indent (or set back) bus stops where possible, to allow other buses to pass a stationary bus at the stop and stay on schedule.
  • Apply a staged approach to making changes.

Once the business case is complete, the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme partners will use it to make a final decision on investing in the project.

If you'd like to see how the other options compare to 'Transform', take a look at our Golden Mile Options Report (PDF | 18.7 MB).

Retail Assessment and Intercept survey

As a result of feedback from businesses we also commissioned some research to help inform our technical assessments and understand the retail and parking impact. EY's research looked at how the proposed improvements would impact retailers along the Golden Mile. WSP's Golden Mile Intercept Survey investigated people's travel and behaviour patterns on the Golden Mile to help understand how proposed changes to the Golden Mile, including how the removal of on-street parking and improved streetscapes might change things.

Together the reports predict that:

  • widened footpaths, with more space for bikes and scooters will increase access and lead more customers to the Golden Mile, and
  • overall, the positive impacts to businesses are expected to be highest in the Transform option.

If you'd like to know more about these reports, take a look at our:



Late 2019

You told us what you want the future of Golden Mile to be.


Mid 2020

You provided feedback on three options: ‘Streamline’, ‘Prioritise’ and ‘Transform’.

Mid 2021 (current)

You told us you want to see the Golden Mile ‘Transformed’.

Late 2021

The business case will help us make a final decision on the changes we make to Golden Mile.


Late 2021 And 2022

We will seek your views on what the changes could look like, such as street design, bus stop locations and loading zones.


Late 2022

We will finalise the design and start construction.


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