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This page contains a summary of the Tutukaka Structure Plan and a link to the full version of the document.
Updated: 9/07/2013 4:12 p.m.

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


The area included in this Structure Plan extends from Sandy Bay south to Tutukaka and the mouth of the Ngunguru River. The area has a pre-dominantly 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 Tutukaka marina in the harbour.

The Tutukaka Structure Plan has been identified as a high priority planning area in recognition of the ‘hub’ or centre it provides for the wider Policy Area. It identifies outcomes for living, working, playing and protecting the area. The key elements are:

Live in Tutukaka

  • providing a diverse marine centre as a people oriented ‘heart’
  • promoting development that provides for protection of vegetation and landscape values in the hills and hinterland (backdrop of Tutukaka)
  • maintaining discrete or clustered settlements, with ‘urban’ expansion clustered around nodes (e.g. Tutukaka and Whangaumu)
  • using topography and natural features to guide boundaries of development;
    Promoting a special sense of place by retaining the dominance of the natural landscape
  • 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 Tutukaka

  • promoting tourism and a maritime service centre in the Tutukaka Basin
  • encouraging marine based services
  • discouraging use of the coastal road for forestry and advocating no further commercial planting of forestry east of Matapouri Road.

Play in Tutukaka

  • recognising the active recreation and boating function within the Tutukaka Harbour while maintaining the quiet beach experience elsewhere
  • recognising the imperative of maintaining natural character and water quality of the coastal marine area
  • 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 a recreation hub with visitor facilities around the marina.

Protecting Tutukaka

  • protecting important habitat areas (e.g. for kiwi) and natural character values
  • maintaining 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 public vantage points (including the road)
  • protecting and enhancing heritage values of the area through establishing walkways (with appropriate signage and interpretative material).

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

Tutukaka Structure Plan [3.3mb] 



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