Residents forced to sell homes to make way for Auckland SkyPath feel robbed

Aucklanders being forced to sell their homes to make way for the SkyPath over the Harbour Bridge say they're being robbed of their future.

The long-awaited $360 million Northern Pathway will allow residents to walk and cycle between the North Shore and the city and will eventually stretch to Albany.

It is one of 11 major projects to be fast-tracked through the consent process but it means those set to lose their homes feel totally helpless. 

Carol and Rod Brown have lived in their Northcote Point home with stunning views of the Auckland CBD for 35 years. 

It's pretty clear why they have no desire to move but it's now highly likely they'll be forced to. Part of the proposal will see six homes demolished, including theirs. 

"It's gut-wrenching, I haven't slept in months. We never dreamed that they were going to boot all of these people out," Rob said.

Carol called it "devastating".

"Beyond belief really... particularly given that there would appear to be a lot of other more sensible options that don't involve the destruction of homes." 

While none of the affected residents are against the project, they are concerned about the design of the ramp.

NZTA's preferred option is the largest of all six ramp designs saying it is the safest and most accessible.

"We did a completely different design to make it safe and resilient and do justice to what will be a breakthrough project," transport minister Phil Twyford said.

But Rod says there are other options which could be used, and it would mean they could keep their home. 

Valuations to compensate homeowners have already begun but the Browns say they will be "far worse off" because their future, as well as the view, is priceless.