Town Basin facilities upgrade

  • Project typeInfrastructure improvements
  • Project scheduleStarted in August 2022
A map showing the Town Basin bus area revamp.

A major re-vamp of the Town Basin’s bus and visitor facilities is about to start as visitor numbers increase with COVID-19 receding, borders opening and people starting to circulate more.

The project will improve the area for visitors and the wider community. 

What’s changing?

The project will include safer bus stops for tour buses and cruise ship buses, new public toilets near the playground, upgraded carparks, and more mobility-friendly parking.

There will be new high amenity footpaths, landscaping and wayfinding signs from Pūtahi Park through to Hundertwasser Art Centre, and on towards the already upgraded children’s playground.

A plan showing upgrade of bus facilities at Town Basin is shown below:

A plan showing upgrade of bus facilities at Town Basin.

Town Basin bus facilities upgrade plan(PDF, 10MB)

Town Basin bus facilities - Staging plan(PDF, 5MB)

Funding for the project

Government's Tourism Infrastructure Fund has provided $1.67 million towards the project. The funding was granted in 2019 and then COVID-19 hit and the project was slowed down. 

We were expecting a boom in visitors to our District in 2020, once the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Pūtahi Park opened and cruise ships started arriving at Northport.

The Hundertwasser Art Centre and Pūtahi Park both opened recently, and both are proving very popular. Lots more people are coming into the area, while numbers visiting retail and eateries are also bouncing back under the COVID-19 traffic light system.

Pūtahi Park

We are very pleased to see it back on the schedule and due to begin construction soon. With cruise ships starting to arrive at Northport in the next few months numbers are likely to increase even further, so the improvements will allow tour buses to drop passengers and then wait in town for a couple of hours before picking up the same passengers.


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