Mapua Wharf’s Popularity Grows

Tuesday 7 February 2017

A survey of the number of people using the Mapua Wharf over summer shows numbers were up about 15% on last year, as thousands chose to spend time in the shops, cafes and enjoying the waterfront.

The new figures come as the Tasman District Council carries out a public survey to find out people’s wishes for the wider Mapua waterfront area.

The Council surveyed cyclists and pedestrians entering and leaving the wharf on three days over the holiday period, with numbers ranging from 7985 on 15 January up to 10,224 people on 2 January 2017.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said numbers were up on last summer by 8%, 15% and 25% on each of the three days surveyed.

“It can be difficult making a direct comparison year on year because weather and other factors can make a big difference to visitor numbers on any given day, but such a clear increasing trend shows what a popular destination Mapua has become.

“I’m really happy people are enjoying the results of the investment we have made in Shed 4 and the wider wharf area.”

Mayor Kempthorne said the Council’s Mapua Waterfront Survey was open until 13 February, and urged people to have a say.

“We’ll use the survey results to help guide future decision making on the use of Council-owned land in the waterfront area – including the Waterfront Park, Mapua Wharf, remediated commercial and residential land, and Grossi Point. It will also give us a steer as to the amount and type of infrastructure that may be needed, and future funding needs.”

People can fill in the survey at www.tasman.govt.nz/feedback or pick up a hard copy from the purple mailboxes located around Mapua.