Moana Anu Anu Harbour Walkway

The development of stage 1 of the Moana Anu Anu Harbour Walkway in Whangamata was completed in December 2012.

Latest Update (October 2012)

We’ve almost completed the first stage of the Moana Anu Anu Walkway. However we will halt the construction of the next stages to address issues over consents for a boardwalk in the estuary, and the costs involved.

Whangamata Area Manager Garry Towler sought the board’s support to delay further stages until he investigates the costs, the likelihood of gaining consents, and consultation is undertaken.

Latest Update (August 2012)

Thirty pohutukawa trees have been donated to TCDC from Project Crimson for planting on the Moana Anu Anu walkway.

All the concrete paths have now been completed for the walkway but the finishing touches are being hampered by poor weather. When complete it will allow walking and cycling through some spectacular local scenery.

We have been drafting up concepts for proposed future stages that will create a walkway linking all of Whangamata’s reserves and allows walkers to enjoy up to 8km of tracks with various surfaces. Some will be paved, others will remain in existing grass, with sign posts keeping users on track. This concept will be done in stages as and when funding becomes available, and we’ll be making sure we communicate closely with any adjacent property owners as each stage is considered.


Project Background

The Te Ara O Te Wairoa Walkway takes in the beauty of the Whangamata Estuary and Harbour while providing linkages to our network of reserves.

Some of this walkway remains in grass and walkers are directed by signage while other sections include concrete paths and boardwalks.

The vision is for a network that extends around the harbour from the town to the former pub site at Eileen Allen Drive and eventually allows walkers and cyclists to get to Onemana.

Work will be carried out over a number of years as budget becomes available. The first stage is currently under construction and will provide linkages between existing harbour edge grassy reserve from Awarua Point near the causeway to new sections of walkway, behind the industrial part of town.

It’s a truly stunning area featuring places to rest and enjoy the scenery. At Awarua Point look out for the plaque marking the place where Whangamata’s first ever shop was located. 

Te Ara O Te Wairoa (Moana Anu Anu Harbour) Walkway

Starting at Hetherington Reserve, continue along the estuary edge behind the town’s industrial area to an access way at Sharryn Place and Wattle Place. Look for signage through Moana Point Reserve that directs walkers along the grassed trail, approximately 2km.


Future Proposed Stages

We have been drafting up concepts for proposed future stages that will create a walkway linking all of Whangamata’s reserves and allows walkers to enjoy up to 8km of tracks with various surfaces. Some will be paved, others will remain in existing grass, with sign posts keeping users on track. This concept will be done in stages as and when funding becomes available, and we’ll be making sure we communicate closely with any adjacent property owners as each stage is considered.


Timeline

2009: Budget established for work to be carried out over three financial years. The 2009-10 allocation postponed to later years.

2010/2011: TCDC working with iwi and residents. Users of industrial land contacted to clear equipment and goods from areas of encroached reserve land so first stage can begin. Reserve area cleaned up and prepared for work to commence.

February 2012: Walkway named Te Ara O Te Wairoa Walkway.

Late March: The first stage of the Te Ara O Te Wairoa (Moana Anu Anu Harbour) Walkway goes out to tender.

April: Tenders closed 18 April 2012.

May: Tender awarded.

Late May: Construction of signage, entry car park and a walkway path begins. Additional work carried out at Moana Point Reserve with new signage to help keep users on track.