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Town Basin Redevelopment

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This page contains information about the work underway to enhance the Town Basin and surrounding area.
Updated: 7/10/2019 4:15 p.m.
Photograph of the Victoria Bridge Canopy.
​The Victoria Canopy Bridge

There are several major developments planned for the Town Basin. These are designed to expand the range of activities and attractions for people to enjoy in the centre of Whangarei.

Projects completed at the Town Basin over recent years have included:

  • the Hatea Loop Walkway,
  • The Art Walk and Heritage Trail,
  • Canopy Bridge,
  • development of The Hub and
  • relocation of the Whangarei Art Museum to the area.

Future developments proposed for the area include those outlined below.  

New Town Basin Park 

The conversion of the space currently used as a carpark at the Victoria Canopy Bridge, between Dent Street, Riverside Drive and the Hatea River, will transform the area into a high quality urban park.

A new green space on the rivers edge will provide a hub for activities, social interaction and events and provide a stepping stone between the CBD and the Town Basin.

Due to open in late 2020, the new Town Basin Park will provide an important link between Whangarei’s waterfront, the Huarahi o te Whai Hātea Loop Walkway and the City Core.

The $5.2 million project will transform the waterfront site next to the Victoria Canopy Bridge into a new, versatile urban space with:

  • an amphitheatre and great lawn for community events and general recreation,
  • a new, small-scale play space,
  • an interactive water feature,
  • a large kinetic sculpture and
  • public amenities. 

To view information about the development of the Central City, please follow the link below.


Hundertwasser Wairau Maori Art Centre (HWMAC)

Following the result of a binding referendum, in June 2015, the community supported the development of the HWMAC using the Old Harbour Board building.

This is a community driven project, with some funding from Council along with a lease for the Trust to develop to HWMAC.

The Trust secured funding in 2017 and it is expected the building would open in 2020.


Hihiaua Cultural Centre

The Hīhīaua Cultural Centre Trust is developing a proposal to build a Maori Cultural centre on the Hīhīaua Peninsula.

The Trust is currently fundraising and Council has allocated a capital grant of $500,000 in year one of the current Long Term Plan to provide seed funding to assist the Trust’s fundraising efforts.

This large cultural centre is set on Hihiaua Reserve, which sits at the confluence of Hatea River and Waiarohia Stream. This building, reminiscent of a beached waka would provide a vessel for local history and artefacts and a hub for interpretation, education and cultural tourism.



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