Kopu marine servicing and business precinct

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Kopu has the potential to play a major marine servicing/supporting node for the north island with a strategic advantage leveraging off its location, cheaper land, and a well-established supporting industrial area, highly accessible by a large labour force

Kopu is well positioned to take advantage of a growing marine servicing industry, situated between three major cities, and on the doorstep of a major recreational fishing playground and regionally and nationally significant aquaculture industry

Council has resubmitted the project for consideration to the Provincial Growth fund for cosent and construction.


In December 2018 central government through the Provincial Growth Fund approved $270,000 towards a business case began investigating Kopu as a centre to support marine servicing operations across the Hauraki Gulf, as well as being a connector for water-based tourism opportunities – connecting across the Hauraki Gulf as well as through to the Paeroa Wharf .

The business case was completed in June 2019 and we submitted a new application to the Provinciial Growth Fund for consent and construction, wihich was declined in December 2019. We have since resubmitted a revised application .

The Business Case

The business case looked at a range of development options and tested these against long term objectives and outcomes to determine where and who is best placed to deliver new investment. The business case primarily focuses on the Kopu landing site and will develop a range of well-informed infrastructure improvement options that can be implemented over time.

This project sits within Councill's wider "Productivity Plan" aimed at improving the economic outcomes for our District. Some of the outcomes is to produce tangible benefits for the community, including employment and improved use of Māori assets. .  

Other key objectives of the business case investment met:

  1. Sustainable investment opportunities that are alihged with iwi cultural values.
  2. Environmental improvements
  3. Adaptive design for climate change
  4. Complementary and supporting existing aquaculture industry
  5. Well defined infrastructure supporting a range of users
  6. Future proofed infrastructure

The Kopu Marine Servicing and Business project fulfils a purpose which is will be complementary to the expansion of the Sugarloaf Wharf (led by the Coromandel Marine Farmers Association (CoroMFA) for commercial aquaculture and the Coromandel Gateway project i(led by private investment company Pita St Developments) in Coromandel Town . You can read more about those two projects here.

Building business in Kopu - the background

Kopu is the gateway (Kaiwhenua) to the Coromandel and is centrally located to three major cities (Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga), New Zealand's two busiest ports and Auckland international airport.

This area has the potential to become:

  • A perfect location for small to medium commercial and industrial businesses
  • An attractive service and information centre upon entry to the Coromandel
  • A worthy recreational destination with access to the Hauraki Rail Trail, Waihou River walking trails, the Kopu marine precinct, heritage features (Cooks memorial and old Kopu Bridge (subject to its future) and other recreational facilities

Kopu Business Ad

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If you're interested in setting up a business at Kopu or want to talk business opportunities on the Coromandel, email our Economic Development Programme Manager Colleen Litchfield, colleen.litchfield@tcdc.govt.nz


Project timeline.

2020 - A revised application submitted to the Provincial Growth Fund.

2019 - Business case completed, A second Provincial Growth Fund application submitted towards consent and build was declined.

2018 - A feasibility study for Kopu was completed and an application to the central government Provincial Growth Fund for a business case to progress the project was approved.

2015 -  Kopu Doing Business Better programme was launched. A working group was established with representation from our staff, NZTA, Waikato Regional Council ,iwi and the Kopu Landowners Association. In conjunction with BECA, a professional services consultancy, it has produced a draft Kopu Develoment concept plan. The draft Kopu Development Concept Plan which has been submitted to Council's Proposed District Plan. 

2014 - With input from the Working Group, BECA produced a draft Kopu Development Concept Plan - Stage 1 Report which was presented to Kopu businesses on 5 March 2014 for their comment and submission to the Proposed District Plan prior to 14 March 2014. Thames Community Board submitted to the Proposed District Plan in favor of the concept plan. This concept plan is intended to be a development framework which will form an additional layer of detail to the Kopu to Thames Structure Plan.

2013  - A survey of Kopu business operators was conducted which helped identify infrastructure and service needs and ideas for the Kopu business park upgrade and gateway concept. The survey resulted in the Kopu Concept Plan Analysis Summary.