A 12km walking and cycle path linking the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours has been unveiled for public feedback.
The Te Whau Pathway project will weave along the western edge of the Whau River between Te Atatu Peninsula and Green Bay Beach using concrete paths through reserve land and a boardwalk through the coastal area.
Early work has started in West Auckland and Auckland Transport is seeking feedback on the scheme plan and preliminary design.
The pathway, at least 3m wide, will offer better connections to 13 schools, access to the Northwestern cycleway and the proposed New Lynn and Avondale shared path.
Whau local board chairwoman Tracy Mulholland said it was a fantastic project and improved access to the relatively unknown Whau River.
Small boats and kayaks will be able to access the river and new spaces are planned for fishing, bird watching and education.
"I think people will be surprised with what is on their doorstep," Mulholland said.
Completion of the pathway is expected to take five to eight years, depending on funding.
Public feedback is open until April 16.