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Kōpū Marine Precinct

The Hauraki Rail Trail passes through the Kōpū Marine Precinct, which is being built with a combination of government and local funding. When complete in 2024, the new facilities will make the most of a growing marine servicing industry.

Land-based works began in early October with work on the commercial wharf beginning in March 2023. The new wharf, commercial boat slipway and recreational boat ramp should be completed in November 2023. Recreational boat trailer and car parking will follow in April 2024 with a public opening anticipated in May 2024. 

It is estimated that the Kōpū Marine Precinct could bring economic returns of up to $58.5 million over the next 30 years. It brings fresh opportunities to the boat repair and maintenance, aquaculture, trade and transport industries.


Photo: Kōpū Marine Precinct


Once built the infrastructure will consist of:

An 80m long commercial wharf and floating pontoon enabling in-water marine servicing and vessel loading

An expanded, unsealed haul out area and upgrade to Quay Street entrance, suitable for truck deliveries and boat haulage to hardstands within the marine precinct

An upgraded, concrete reinforced slipway

Formation of a new access road (King Street)


With resource consents finally in place, the Fulton Hogan and Thames Coromandel District Council Kōpū Marine Project is well underway. Work has begun preparing the ground for King Street, a new road which will connect Queen Street to the new public parking area.

Progress has also been made digging out the small mangroves in a large silt trap next to the Waihou River. The mangrove habitats provide shelter and food for the Banded Rail, and so the team are working with ecologists to protect the species.

A sturdier surface in this location will be created in its place to provide a better surface for vehicles, trailers and boats using the recreational boat ramp. On-going works will also see new stormwater culverts on King Street, and further mangrove removal and ground excavation in the marine precinct area.


Photo: Kōpū Marine Precinct


You can find out more information about the project and the timeline for the programme here.


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