Coromandel Harbour Facilities Project

Harbour facilities around the Coromandel need to be upgraded as we prepare for higher visitor numbers and increased usage of wharf and boat ramp facilities by both recreational and commercial users. Developing the infrastructure to allow for a fast ferry from Auckland will also have major economic benefits for the entire Coromandel District.

We've got a number of projects on-the-go around the Coromandel Harbour to upgrade our boat ramps and wharves as we prepare for more visitors and growing recreational and commercial use.

Expanding and improving our harbour facilities  in a safe and sustainable manner will help cater for growth in our aquaculture and tourism industries - with significant economic benefits for our district.

Here's a brief update on some works that have been done over the past few months.

Hannafords Wharf

Hannafords Wharf 2018

A weather event in July 2018 saw some major erosion and cracks at the top of the path down to Hannafords Wharf. which have now been repaired.

Sugarloaf Wharf

The proposed expansion of Sugarloaf will require significant external funding so we continue to work with CoroMFA, regional and central government to facilitate this project where appropriate. 

Stephen Hand has been elected as the new chairman to replace Gilbert James for CoroMFA.  

Waitete Bay boat ramp

Work to mitigate erosion following the January 2017 storm and king tides has been completed.

Coromandel Wharf

Required maintenance to ensure the Wharf is up to health and safety standards has been completed. Concept designs and appropriate user needs are still being developed for the replacement of the section that was damaged and had to be removed in the January 2018 storm.

Port Charles Wharf

Repairs have been completed but further work is needed in the next 12-24 months to renew some of the structural elements of the wharf. The wharf is safe for public use.

Interest in Coromandel Harbour

Coromandel Harbour - Marina Concept

We continue to facilitate the development of marine and wharf facilities in Coromandel Town.  Further introductions and consultation meetings with key stakeholders and interested parties continue with a number of parties including:

1 - Pita Street Developments, which is focused around Furey's Creek on a proposed marine facility (see picture above) that would include boat-stack storage on land, limited berths for fishing charter boats, a marine services area for minor maintenance, facilities for charter vessels and a potential ferry landing. This marine facility proposal, if successful, will enhance the ability to use Furey's Creek, which will complement the proposed Jacks Point boat ramp improvement project proposed in the LTP. Wider public consultation by Pita Street Developments on the proposed marine facility is planned for the coming months. The consent application for the marine facility proposed by Pita Street Developments will be fully publically notified once the concept has been further discussed with key stakeholders. You can read more about what's proposed for the Marine Gateway at Coromandel here.

2 - The Pier Trust (which is proposing the development of a "pier" extending out from Coromandel Harbour). This was first mooted by the late Driving Creek founder and well-known artist Barry Brickell with a project team now progressing this vision.

For the Pita Street Development, further consultation with iwi around the adjacent Patukirikiri Reserve and surrounding land is planned before any concept designs are finalised. These discussions may result in a wider harbour plan that encompasses the Pier concept and any other potential developments.

Meanwhile, our Council's role is around facilitation, which involves working with potential developers on projects that support community needs.  Our Council staff and the Coromandel-Colville Community Board have developed a set of evaluation criteria for any harbour proposals received. On 22 May 2018 Coromandel-Colville Community Board passed the following resolution at its meeting:

That the Coromandel-Colville Community Board:

  • Receives the ‘Coromandel Harbour Projects update' report, dated 2 May 2018.
  • Recommends to Council that the Coromandel-Colville Community Board supports a continuing facilitation process by TCDC as appropriate, to progress harbour development opportunities that align with its approved criteria; and
  1. Supports the continued investigations to progress the proposal presented by Pita Street Developments.
  2. Supports the continued facilitation by TCDC staff for other potential developers that align with agreed criteria.

We will continue to work with the various parties until realistic concepts have been determined.  There is still a way to go in the process including a full consideration of alternatives and a RMA process which we expect will involve full public notification and consultation.


Marine and Harbour Facilities Strategy

This was adopted by Council in December 2017.

The Strategy sets out a long-term plan for the boat ramps, wharves and jetties across the District and will help inform our 2018-2028 Long-Term Plan (specifically in relation to our marine and harbour assets and facilities).

It takes into account health and safety, access, growing visitor demand and potential funding partnership opportunities.

The Strategy has an Action Plan, which includes:

  • Prioritising upgrades of facilities from a district-wide perspective
  • Identifying the most appropriate initial and on-going funding mechanism for each facility (user-pays, partnership models).
  • Developing a funding strategy, which creates opportunities for specific investment and joint ventures.
  • Work with private owners, government organisations, iwi to resolve and clarify ownership and consenting anomalies in relation to existing facilities.
  • Work with interested parties on appropriate marine/habour development at Coromandel Harbour

You can read the Marine and Harbour Facilities Strategy here.


Coromandel Stakeholders Working Group

The Coromandel Harbour Stakeholders Group is called upon to update and discuss progress on the project. The Stakeholders Group was established in 2015 and is made up of members from the community, iwi, businesses, local and regional government, recreational fishers, aquaculture and environmental groups. The group's role is to give feedback on the various options and make recommendations and direction on the project.


Coromandel Pier Concept

Driving Creek Railway founder and a team on behalf of the late well-know Coromandel artist  Barry Brickell came up with a proposal to develop a "pier" extending out from Coromandel Harbour.

This is not a Council-led initiative, however in 2017 our Council contributed $10k to support work on a business case, which has now been completed.

Partnering with parties like this, who have an interest in research into the Harbour is also an efficient and effective way of purchasing additional information needed and ensure that we have also explored all the options,

Mr Brickell's concept proposes a 1.2km wharf built out into the northern end of the Coromandel harbour, with a price tag of $18 million. It would be the longest pier in the country, allowing boats of up to 2m draught to berth in all tides. 

Details of the concept can be found at www.coromandelpier.wordpress.com