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Matapouri and Woolleys Bay

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This page contains a summary of the Matapouri and Woolleys Bay Structure Plan and a link to the full version of the document.
Updated: 10/07/2013 11:36 a.m.

This Structure Plan is a broad physical plan (or map) identifying areas for growth, protection, parks and other infrastructure and community requirements over the next 20 years. The Structure Plan was adopted by Council in February 2009. 


The area covered by the Structure Plan extends south from Sandy Bay to the mouth of the Ngunguru River. It has a predominantly residential living character with holiday homes clustered amongst bush clad hills. Rural and rural lifestyle development predominates on the western side of Matapouri Road. 

The coastal area includes the Matapouri and Woolleys Bay settlement areas and the Structure Plan has been identified as a high priority planning area. It identifies outcomes for living, working, playing and protecting the area. The key elements are:

Live in Matapouri/Woolleys Bay

  • providing a clustered residential settlement within the bays
  • promoting development that provides for protection of vegetation and landscape values in the hills and hinterland
  • using topography and natural features to guide boundaries of development
  • promoting a special sense of place by recognising and maintaining the special values and characteristics of previous residential development in the area
  • promoting the special lifestyle by encouraging pedestrian friendly villages and walkway linkages between settlement areas
  • requiring adequate servicing as a pre-requisite to growth. 

Work in Matapouri/Woolleys Bay

  • recognise the importance of Tutukaka as a recreation hub with this area as 'passive recreation' playgrounds
  • recognise the importance of the natural character and quality of the coastal marine area and the coastline north and south
  • making provisions for an outdoor education centre at Matapouri.

Play in Matapouri/Woolleys Bay

  • maintaining the quiet beach experience and dominance of passive recreation activities
  • recognising the imperative of maintaining natural character and water quality of the coastal marine zone
  • providing a network of walkways, unformed tracks, recreation access points and linkages through the area and the coastline north and south 
  • maintaining the coastal road as a scenic experience
  • promoting the recreation experience of the bays to the wider area

Protecting Matapouri/Woolleys Bay

  • protecting important habitat areas (eg for kiwi) and natural character values
  • manitaining the wilderness values between coastal settlements
  • managing land use and infrastructure to enhance water quality
  • protecting significant viewpoints, ridgelines and coastal margins viewed from the sea and other key vantage points
  • encouraging community participation and leadership in the protetction of the natural environment
  • protecting the special character and sense of place of the Matapouri settlement. 

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Follow the link below to view the full version of the document.  

Matapouri and Woolleys Bay Structure Plan [2.5mb] 



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