Love Your Leith: Round Two

Earlier this year, we went to the Dunedin community with the first round of Love Your Leith to identify your values, visions and ideas for how the lower reaches of the Leith could look – and we had some great responses!

Some key things you told us you want are:

  • Better accessibility to the water
  • Less concrete, more nature
  • Connected, shared pathways along the river
  • Spaces for seating, public art, or sculpture
  • A greater connection to the river

And there was plenty more feedback. Check out the full engagement report here.

Informed by your initial feedback, the Leith Project Working Group has developed potential concepts for enhancement of the Forth St - Harbour section of the Leith, and these are now ready for your feedback.


The potential concepts

The Forth St - Harbour section of the Leith is quite long so to make it more manageable we treated it as three distinct sections: Forth Street to Anzac Avenue; Anzac Avenue to State Highway 88; and State Highway 88 out to the Harbour. Each section has a different environment from the next and therefore, different themes for design were used.

Click on the section titles below to view more information:

1. FORTH STREET - ANZAC AVENUE - Theme: Natural stream

2. AVENUE AVENUE - STATE HIGHWAY 88 - Theme: Tidal estuary

3. STATE HIGHWAY 88 - HARBOUR - Theme: Connect to sea


Your Leith, your say

We'd like to know what you love about these concepts. Have we got it right? Which part would you like to see happen first?

This second round of Love Your Leith consultation will help to confirm or change the ideas captured and finalise the concepts that the Working Group will present to Council later this year.

Have your say by clicking on ‘My Feedback’ below or visit the display panels at Otago Polytechnic’s Hub.


Feedback is now open and will close 5pm Friday 24 August. Display panels will be at the Hub until 9 August.


Earlier this year, we went to the Dunedin community with the first round of Love Your Leith to identify your values, visions and ideas for how the lower reaches of the Leith could look – and we had some great responses!

Some key things you told us you want are:

  • Better accessibility to the water
  • Less concrete, more nature
  • Connected, shared pathways along the river
  • Spaces for seating, public art, or sculpture
  • A greater connection to the river

And there was plenty more feedback. Check out the full engagement report here.

Informed by your initial feedback, the Leith Project Working Group has developed potential concepts for enhancement of the Forth St - Harbour section of the Leith, and these are now ready for your feedback.


The potential concepts

The Forth St - Harbour section of the Leith is quite long so to make it more manageable we treated it as three distinct sections: Forth Street to Anzac Avenue; Anzac Avenue to State Highway 88; and State Highway 88 out to the Harbour. Each section has a different environment from the next and therefore, different themes for design were used.

Click on the section titles below to view more information:

1. FORTH STREET - ANZAC AVENUE - Theme: Natural stream

2. AVENUE AVENUE - STATE HIGHWAY 88 - Theme: Tidal estuary

3. STATE HIGHWAY 88 - HARBOUR - Theme: Connect to sea


Your Leith, your say

We'd like to know what you love about these concepts. Have we got it right? Which part would you like to see happen first?

This second round of Love Your Leith consultation will help to confirm or change the ideas captured and finalise the concepts that the Working Group will present to Council later this year.

Have your say by clicking on ‘My Feedback’ below or visit the display panels at Otago Polytechnic’s Hub.


Feedback is now open and will close 5pm Friday 24 August. Display panels will be at the Hub until 9 August.


  • 1. FORTH STREET - ANZAC AVENUE

    by Charlotte, 22 days ago
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    Here we've followed a 'natural stream' theme, and included native plantings on a naturalised embankment to improve the environment.

    It was important that we enhanced connectivity with other parts of the Leith, and create spaces for the community. This mirrors previous works completed upstream.

    Key features:
    • Removal of the centre wall to create a single meandering stream (some sections will remain to support bridges)
    • Embankment on true right side with native riparian plantings
    • Connected shared pathways near the water level with access ramps. Floodable during high waters
    • Flexible use spaces for seating or...

    Here we've followed a 'natural stream' theme, and included native plantings on a naturalised embankment to improve the environment.

    It was important that we enhanced connectivity with other parts of the Leith, and create spaces for the community. This mirrors previous works completed upstream.

    Key features:
    • Removal of the centre wall to create a single meandering stream (some sections will remain to support bridges)
    • Embankment on true right side with native riparian plantings
    • Connected shared pathways near the water level with access ramps. Floodable during high waters
    • Flexible use spaces for seating or artwork.

    Cross-section adjacent to Riego St:



    Photorealistic image taken from footbridge looking upstream:

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  • 2. ANZAC AVENUE - STATE HIGHWAY 88

    by Charlotte, 22 days ago
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    In this section, the water level goes up and down with the tide, creating an estuarine environment, and we’ve come up with concepts that enhance the theme of a ‘tidal estuary’.

    This area also has high foot traffic, especially during events at the stadium. Enhancements could improve road safety and enhance connectivity.

    Key features:
    • Embankment on both sides with estuarine plantings and ‘destination space’
    • Underpass on both banks at Anzac Ave bridge
    • Connect with existing pathways
    • Creative spaces such as artwork space on existing centre wall
    • Increased visual appeal by planting native plants...


    In this section, the water level goes up and down with the tide, creating an estuarine environment, and we’ve come up with concepts that enhance the theme of a ‘tidal estuary’.

    This area also has high foot traffic, especially during events at the stadium. Enhancements could improve road safety and enhance connectivity.

    Key features:
    • Embankment on both sides with estuarine plantings and ‘destination space’
    • Underpass on both banks at Anzac Ave bridge
    • Connect with existing pathways
    • Creative spaces such as artwork space on existing centre wall
    • Increased visual appeal by planting native plants along stadium river edge
    • Improve the SH 88 underpass access to stadium.


    Cross-section adjacent to stadium carpark:


    Photorealistic image taken from right bank looking downstream:

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  • 3. STATE HIGHWAY 88 - HARBOUR

    by Charlotte, 22 days ago
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    Here at the mouth of the Leith we designed with the theme of 'connect to the sea'.

    We've linked enhancements with the DCC's new shared pathway bridge and improved connections with already existing pathways and access.

    Key features:

    • Improve existing access along the true right bank
    • Tidy area and plant suitable native plants to soften fenceline
    • Connect to existing pathways
    • Create safer access points along bank
    • Potential 'destination space' at end.
    Cross-section adjacent from marina:

    Photorealistic image take from right bank looking upstream:

    Share your feedback at the 'My...

    Here at the mouth of the Leith we designed with the theme of 'connect to the sea'.

    We've linked enhancements with the DCC's new shared pathway bridge and improved connections with already existing pathways and access.

    Key features:

    • Improve existing access along the true right bank
    • Tidy area and plant suitable native plants to soften fenceline
    • Connect to existing pathways
    • Create safer access points along bank
    • Potential 'destination space' at end.
    Cross-section adjacent from marina:

    Photorealistic image take from right bank looking upstream:

    Share your feedback at the 'My Feedback' tab on the project home page.

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