Waterfront Precinct Projects

Te Matau a Pohe

Completed 2013
( Council )
  • well-connected
  • sustainable-futures
  • liveable-community
  • culture-and-heritage

This 265 metre long iconic bascule bridge has stitched together the eastern and western sides of the lower Hatea River, connecting Port Road with Riverside Drive, and is a key connector bridge for the Hatea Loop. The bridge provides enhanced connectivity to the city centre from the east whilst reducing vehicle congestion around the iconic Town Basin. The 25 metre long central lifting span allows yachts to pass, whilst shared walking and cycle paths allow the opportunity for a recreational loop walkway that engages with the river edge and connects William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island Reserve with other community facilities.

Hatea Loop, Huarahi O Te Whai

Completed 2014
( Council )
  • public-focus
  • well-connected
  • environment
  • sustainable-futures
  • liveable-community
  • culture-and-heritage

The 4.2 kilometre loop pathway circumnavigates the lower Hatea River, and provides opportunities to engage with the river edge and acts as a hub for social interaction and cultural identity. The 2.5 metre wide pedestrian and recreational cycling shared use pathway integrates a wide range of activities and destinations within the wider Town Basin. From 2016, new assets will be developed across both sides of the river, including playgrounds catering for all ages, sculptures, interpretive signage, jetties, cafes, a cultural centre, markets and active sports’ facilities.

 

Kotuitui Whitinga

Completed 2014
( Council )
  • public-focus
  • well-connected
  • environment
  • sustainable-futures
  • liveable-community
  • culture-and-heritage

This 85 metre long bridge stitches together the eastern and western sides of the Waiarohia Stream, connecting Hihiaua Reserve with the eastern bank of the stream and is a key connector bridge for the Hatea Loop. An opening mechanism allows small water craft to pass, whilst shared walking and cycle paths have created the opportunity for a recreational loop pathway which engages with the river edge.

Canopy Bridge

Completed 2012
( Council )
  • public-focus
  • liveable-community
  • culture-and-heritage

A transparent windbreak has been added to the upstream side of the Town Basin Canopy Bridge to provide shelter from the prevailing winds. This windbreak provides added comfort to a range of events including art and craft markets. Lighting is used to create visual interest, promote special events and highlight the urban form of the structure. The transparent material ensures views of the upper Hatea River and the adjacent 1936 Victoria Bridge.

Car Park to Park

Future Project 2017-2019
( Council )
  • public-focus
  • well-connected
  • environment
  • sustainable-futures
  • liveable-community
  • culture-and-heritage

A new green space on the river’s edge will provide a hub for activities, social interaction and events and provide a stepping stone between the city centre and the Town Basin. The transformation from car park to park will provide an opportunity to create a regionally significant park which also meets the needs of a growing city centre and busy waterfront. The design of this space will include opportunities such as an events’ space, youth and play facilities, the integration of the Canopy Bridge and Hatea Loop, and other community facilities. A water feature will be the main attraction in this space. This project is funded in the Long Term Plan.

Bascule Car Park

Future Project 2015 onwards
( Council / Private )
  • public-focus
  • sustainable-futures
  • liveable-community

This informal parking space will be redeveloped into a more formal gathering space that includes car parking, public toilet facilities, picnicking facilities and overnight parking, for visitors on the Hatea Loop, Te Matau ä Pohe, Glassworks Promenade and various sporting destinations in the area. Council has some funding allocated and owns the land.

Hatea Drive Parking Facility

Future Project 2026
( Future concept )
  • public-focus
  • sustainable-futures

An additional parking facility is proposed at the intersection of Hatea Drive and Dent Street. This multi-storey facility would offset loss of surrounding on grade car parking and is strategically located both in close proximity to the Town Basin, and city centre. No funding is allocated by Council.

50m Pool

Future Project 2026
( Future concept )
  • public-focus
  • sustainable-futures
  • liveable-community

A proposed extension of the existing indoor aquatic facility to accommodate a full length 50 metre pool will be an important regional facility and ensure Whangarei is able to accommodate significant aquatic events and competitions. There is no funding at this time.

 

Basinview Accommodation

Future Project 2017 onwards
( Private )
  • sustainable-futures
  • liveable-community
  • culture-and-heritage

A large riverside site opposite the Sculpture Park allows for the development of a privately funded residential development which could include tourist accomodation. The site has allowed the continuation of the Hatea Loop pathway next to the water, and could act as a facilitator of additional residences to support city centre activities and build on the success of the Town Basin area.

Whangarei Aquatic Centre

Completed 2007
( Council )
  • public-focus
  • well-connected
  • environment
  • sustainable-futures
  • liveable-community
  • culture-and-heritage

The Whangarei Aquatic Centre includes a 25 metre indoor competition pool, hydrotherapy pool, spa pool, tots’ pool, hydroslides, wave pool, sauna and fitness centre.

 

  • "Would love to see a water type park/ feature for kids something fun and showcase what we love about Whangarei is the beaches and water activities. "

    Vanessa - Parking to Park
  • "Thank you for including this project in the list of future facilities at the Town Basin, as it is hugely important that it is kept on the radar going forward - a 50m pool that could accommodate deep-water activities such as diving and water polo would be a fantastic addition to the aquatic centre."

    Brent - 50m Swimming Pool
  • "This is a landmark. It's not just a bridge it's an iconic structure which connects our city."

    Jake - Te Matau a Pohe
  • "Northland, and particularly Whangarei, is seeing some top competitive swimmers emerging from youth squads, but we are severely hampered by the lack of a 50m facility for training and competition. There is a great potential to attract squads from outside the area for training camps and to hold regional and national competitions - the accommodation proposed for the Basin area would provide an ideal opportunity to exploit this in the same way that the international standard hockey facilities do. "

    Tony - 50m Swimming Pool
  • "Absolutely brilliant. A prime example of what WDC should be doing in terms of public space and urban design infrastructure. Providing this level of connectivity and amenity all but ensures further future (commercial) investment in this area, which frees WDC of this burden. It is no white elephant or folly because it is so usable and its amenity value so high. Please for Gods sake apply this same approach to other areas of the city starting with connection of the arts/culture precinct to CBD to waterfront."

    Jeff - Hatea Loop
  • "The Hatea Loop has been a success in getting people out and about and enjoying the fresh air. The fact that it is flat makes it much more appealing for cycling, running, walking etc. Addition would be more planting of trees with the future in mind on the Pohe Island side so that in the summer heat there would be shade for both the exercising and picnicking.
    "

    Dean - Hatea Loop
  • "Jetty! Where are the jetties so we can get onto the river & interact with river bases activities. Remove mangroves from reyburn house to artpark"

    Eddy - other Ideas
  • "Every time I walk round the loop I think about how the boatsheds at the canopy bridge end of Riverside Drive could be developed into restaurants/cafes like the upgraded boatshed precinct in Napier. The whole Town Basin area needs more restaurants to develop a better night time economy."

    Sara - Hatea Loop

Development Opportunities

What those icons mean

Economic Performance
Te Whakatupu Oranga Whanau

  • A range of quality educational facilities
  • A strong and sustainable economy
  • Promotion of tourism
  • Provide for marine activities

Liveable Community
Nga Whare Noho o Whangarei

  • High quality residential intensification
  • Services and facilities to meet the needs of the community
  • World class design and architecture which is unique to Whangarei
  • Safe and inviting spaces
  • Recreation and wellbeing

Culture & Heritage
Taonga tuku iho

  • Protect valued heritage buildings and uses
  • A meaningful partnership with Mana Whenua
  • Use of Te Aranga Maori design principles
  • Provide interpretation of heritage and culture
  • Celebrate local identity and our unique history

Public Focus
Whakamahorahora

  • A range of well designed spaces for civic activities, sports and recreational activities
  • Exciting and inviting day and nighttime activities, events & facilities
  • Enable interaction with the water and green spaces
  • Vibrant and attractive public spaces for all to enjoy

Well Connected
Honohono

  • Ease of movement between the city and the waterfront
  • Integrated public transport
  • Provide spaces for people of all ages and abilities
  • Comprehensive pedestrian and cycle network

Environment
Toitu te whenua, toitu te taiao

  • Provide flood protection
  • Improve water quality
  • Restore ecological edges
  • Protect surrounding green network and landscape features