On Friday morning, along with over a hundred people, including the project team, representatives from Te Pūkenga Koeke o Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa and Ngāti Whakaue and students from Rotorua Primary School, Te Rangihakahaka and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu, we gathered to celebrate the opening of Stage 1 of the Rotorua Lakefront Development.
The opening of the boardwalk marks the completion of another stage of the wider lakefront redevelopment, after the opening of Memorial Plaza in April. We are excited to be working across the whole redevelopment with an awesome project team, including Isthmus and Tonkin & Taylor.
The new boardwalk plays an important role in connecting the recreational area of the lakefront development to the water, as its arcs across the bay, joining the headlands – bringing the lake closer to the people of Rotorua. Each end of the boardwalk will provide a different experience for visitors. The western end offering space for recreational water sports including waka ama, whilst the eastern end offers a reflective space, celebrating the character of the lake.
Kingi Biddle, Te Arawa Lakes Trust representative, said the Rotorua lakefront would be a space that strengthened the connection between people and the water. “Our stories are here. Our ancestors are here. Great landmarks of time are here for Ngāti Whakaue,” Biddle said.
In her speech at the event, Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick said the project was about “creating a world-class lakefront experience”.
We are proud to be a part of this project, creating a space that celebrates the local culture and community and brings people together and now it is open to the public we cannot wait to see the community enjoy it!
The boardwalk area of the Rotorua lakefront is now open to the public. Lakefront visitors can access the new lake edge via three entry points; the lake end of Memorial Plaza, next to the lakefront operators, and at the Motutara Point end of the reserve, during 7.30 am and 5 pm.
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