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Paparoa Point north of Kaikoura

Wakatu Quay


The development of Wakatu Quay will celebrate the strong cultural history and unique identity of this site while providing innovative opportunities for economic growth, sustainable employment and expansion and community gathering spaces.


Leading New Zealand architectural practice Warren and Mahoney has been appointed the designers of the Kaikōura, Wakatu Quay development. Potential development may include a hospitality, tourism/activity operator, community gathering points, space to play/fish/walk and education facilities. 



Link Pathway


In July 2021 Kaikōura District Council announced that they were successful in gaining a grant of $1.9m from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) to develop a Link Pathway from the Memorial Garden along the Esplanade to the seal colony at Point Kean. 

The pathway presents an exciting opportunity to enhance the beach front walking experience for local residents and visitors to Kaikōura alike. There is an opportunity to create a high quality foreshore walkway that provides connectivity from the town centre to Point Kean and also ties in proposed new developments along that route. We are looking at opportunities to include artwork and family friendly activities and meeting areas along the pathway to ensure the pathway is a fantastic experience for all.

Those overseeing the new pathway project are currently in the process of securing all necessary consents and approvals for the project and progressing the design further. 

The link below showcases the alignment of the new pathway and highlights the linkages it will have with various other walking tracks and connections across the Peninsula. Click here to view the Kaikōura Link Pathway 3D Model.