The RiverLink project is driving improvements to river health, flood protection, amenities and transport connections in Lower Hutt

“The Hutt Valley Chamber is very pleased to partner with RiverLink to help promote and support this project. Our own building is at the centre of this development which will transform the Lower Hutt CBD to face the river. In the longer term, RiverLink will have a huge positive impact on the Lower Hutt CBD, encouraging growth and investment in the area.”

RiverLink is a transformative project for Lower Hutt, with a total budget of nearly $460 million. Its aim is to revitalise Te Awa Kairangi | Hutt River for a more resilient, more connected and more vibrant Hutt City.

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We caught up with Martin White on 11 March 2021, RiverLink’s Project Director to find out what the project means for the business community. Read the update here.

The main themes of the project are:


  • A healthy river
  • Nature and play at the river
  • Getting to the river
  • Getting around the river
  • Being a river city.

The project incorporates transport improvements, including a new Melling Interchange and River Bridge, as well as walking, cycling and public transport links.

Disclaimer: The built riverside developments depicted in this video are an artist’s impression only. The final design of this urban edge of the river is the subject of further studies and future public engagement.

Prepare for RiverLink, 17 March 2021

Riverlink is a very exciting $460m investment over the next six years, which will transform the Lower Hutt CBD but also deliver benefits across the entire Hutt Valley business community. The redevelopment spans from Kennedy Good Bridge through to Ewen Bridge and includes:

  • New stopbanks for the Hutt River at Lower Hutt for flood protection
  • Replacing Melling Bridge
  • Moving Melling train station south
  • New footpath and cycle bridge from Melling Station into Margaret Street
  • Redevelopment of the Lower Hutt CBD with promenades etc facing the River
  • And major redevelopment of Melling / SH2 intersection

We held an event for business on 17 March 2021 to hear directly from the RiverLink Project team.

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Public Open Days have been taking place. See the latest community updates here:

Visit the online RiverLink ineractive map to give feedback online (note the ability to post online feedback closes temporarily after each Open Day, so the map and information can be updated).

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