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Milestone for Whitianga Waterways

Tom O'Leary Dec 12
Milestone for Whitianga Waterways
Future development includes a marine precinct with marina berths, a dry stack for big trailer boats and small launches, and 12 architecturally designed floating homes.

Whitianga Waterways reached a milestone in its development in November last year, with the opening of New Zealand’s first man-made residential island Endeavour, offering a unique address for 114 residential lots and eventually, more than 300 people.

“Endeavour is a showpiece for the whole Whitianga Waterways development,” says Whitianga Waterways project manager Peter Abrahamson.

“It features a network of walkways across it and areas where people can interact with the canal, such as a man-made beach, a boat ramp, and other points where people can launch kayaks and go fishing.”

Building on Endeavour began in 2006, when the island was connected to the mainland by Endeavour Bridge. There are now homes across 80% of the island. Several more islands will follow at Whitianga Waterways, with the second already under construction.

“It’s a great achievement to get the first one open, and Endeavour is the central island in Whitianga Waterways.”

Whitianga Waterways development company Hopper Developments is working with local iwi to come up with an appropriate name for the next island, and this one is going to be bigger than Endeavour, with 160 residential sections and its own retail precinct.

After 18 years of development, Whitianga Waterways is now about 40% complete. “We envisage another 20 years of development as it rolls out,” Peter says.

“There is still a lot of demand. Our main market is out of Auckland, followed closely by the Waikato, and another area that has popped up lately in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.”

He says this latest property cycle has seen people moving in full-time and becoming residents of Whitianga Waterways. “We are making the distinction from a seaside holiday resort to a fully-fledged, serviced town.”

Countdown, The Warehouse, and PlaceMakers have already moved in to waterways land on the main road into town, and the new Mobil service station on the entry road to the island opened in October.

Peter is a born and bred local who used to get cows off some of Whitianga Waterways’ blocks back in the day.

“I look at those blocks now and see million dollar homes. From that perspective, you do realise just how much it has changed.”

The 60-unit Marlin Waters retirement village is under construction, as is the stage 10 bridge and the Marlin Waters floating clubhouse, both due for completion in November.

Milestone for Whitianga Waterways

After 18 years Whitianga Waterways is now about 40% complete, with another 20 years of development to come.

 

Resource consent has been lodged for a 120-unit visitor hotel on a canal front site, and Whitianga Waterways is also consented for a 220-unit retirement complex, The Moorings, which will offer different levels of aged care. Plans for The Moorings include three four-storey apartment blocks.

A medical centre is planned for a nearby $1 million piece of land donated by Whitianga Waterways and is expected to house many of the town’s health services and outpatient clinics. Peter says there could also be a market for medical tourism.

Future development also includes a marine precinct with marina berths, a dry stack for big trailer boats and small launches, 12 architecturally designed floating homes, and a live-aboard marina.

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