Mapua Waterfront Area Masterplan 2018-2038

The Mapua Area Waterfront Masterplan was adopted in 2017. This page provides a brief overview of the plan and links to the project and consultation process used to create it.

About the Masterplan

This Masterplan sets out a strategic direction for the Mapua waterfront and adjacent areas recognising the interconnectivity of the waterfront area.

Each ‘location’ is individually discussed with specific actions for the future, whilst acknowledging that they each impact the area as a whole.

The Action Plan for each location over the one- to five-year horizon proposes a comprehensive working group to implement changes, link work, and ensure continuity of vision and connection.

The Masterplan addresses the complexity of the waterfront congestion, popularity and changes. It also addresses the broader Mapua issues, related to the increase of activity and public demand with a focus on the coastal land and coastline at Mapua.

In developing the Masterplan, Council has considered how it can best accommodate the various and competing demands for community infrastructure and assets, and the differing pressures and issues within the area and the Region.

In implementing the Mapua Waterfront Area Masterplan, Council anticipates ‘place making’ that capitalises on the local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential.


Ultimately, the Mapua Waterfront Area Masterplan will create public and community spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being.

The strategic future direction of the Mapua Waterfront Area encompasses:

  • preservation of the area between Golden Bear Brewery and the estuary as an open space reserve with minor improvements
  • retention of Council ownership, and preservation of the vibrancy of the Mapua wharf area as a ‘visitor destination’
  • retention of the reserve space in Waterfront Park and explore improvements to enhance community facilities and usage
  • retention of Council ownership of the remediated land area at Tahi Street as a strategic asset for the future
  • improvement, preservation and maintenance of the Grossi Point Recreation Reserve
  • improvement and management of parking, lighting, and accessibility and safety of walking areas.

The Masterplan is due for review after five years.

About the Project

The masterplan was developed after several rounds of consultation with the community.

Mapua has been one of the fastest-growing areas in the District over the past few years and has a bright future - both as a great place to live and as an attractive destination for visitors. The rapid growth has led to some challenges, however. We want to make sure Mapua continues to flourish, so some significant pieces of work are underway to meet those challenges.

Read more about the Mapua Waterfront Area Masterplan Project