Maynard collaborated with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to create a fit-for-purpose wayfinding system for Auckland’s Waihorotiu valley. In the heart of Auckland’s CBD, the Waihorotiu path allows pedestrians, people on bikes and other micro-mobility users to have full, safer use of Queen Street, maximising low-carbon access to the wider city centre.

Images released by David St George and Maynard Design Consultancy

The visual language of the ground markings is inspired by the Waihorotiu stream that once meandered through the valley and now flows beneath present day Queen Street. Designed in collaboration with Mana Whenua design studio, Kaunuku, fluid and guiding graphics gently move and connect people across the city centre of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Ground Markings

As well as surfacing the narrative of the underground waterway, the path markings aim to draw attention and enhance visibility, alerting the wider users of Queen Street to the presence of those traveling by bike and micro-mobility. Unique graphic treatments have been designed for different zones and behaviour changes. The ground markings subtly communicate behavioural information including cross flows, direction and movement.