Te Awa Lakes Development

Creating a landmark gateway to Hamilton

Te Awa Lakes represents a major opportunity to serve the future of Hamilton and the Waikato region through the transformation of a former sand quarry into a significant 62-hectare live-work-play community. The site is located adjacent to State Highway 1 and the Te Rapa interchange and shares a long boundary with the culturally sensitive Waikato River.

The project includes mixed-density residential development, a small mixed-use (including visitor accommodation) commercial centre and water-based adventure tourism. The site enables lake construction as part of the open space amenity, as well as direct connections to the Te Awa River Ride, a public walk / cycleway that follows the Waikato River. These contribute to the development of a unique identity for the future urban area.

This mixed-use masterplanning project in Horotiu has been approved by way of a privately initiated Plan Change process with Hamilton City Council. Boffa Miskell provided the masterplanning input as well as the landscape and visual effects and urban design assessment to accompany the plan change request.

Our urban designers produced the overall masterplan which included house, street, lake edge and open space typologies and sections; yield analysis and landscape / visual and urban design assessments.

Boffa Miskell’s Te HÄ«hiri team were involved in the facilitation and engagement with tangata whenua to ensure best practise early engagement was applied as per the relevant provisions of the RMA. This year-long engagement process included regular technical meetings with tangata whenua, site visits and the eventual write up of a Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA).

The CIA provided an overview of the cultural and environmental significance of the local history of the area, list of meetings carried out throughout the year, lists of issues/concerns raised by tangata whenua and provided recommendations so as to avoid, remedy or mitigate the concerns/issues.

Boffa Miskell planners are preparing a Land Development Consent for bulk earthworks and vegetation removal; construction of roads, pedestrian paths and cycle routes; installation of three waters infrastructure; and works related to the establishment of open space areas and the main linear lake.

This application will be supported by a revised master plan, Landscape Concept Plan, Ecological Rehabilitation Management Plan, and Alligator Weed Management Plan, prepared by Boffa Miskell landscape architects, urban designers and ecologists respectively.

Our role

Site analysis and context appreciation, Masterplanning, concept Landscape Design, Landscape and Visual Effects Assessment, Urban Design Assessment, Tangata Whenua Engagement, Cultural Impact Assessment, Planning, and Ecology. Lead and facilitate tangata whenua engagement and the development of the cultural impact assessment report.

The facts

ClientPerry Group Limited
Project teamDave Moule
Rachel de Lambert
Ben Clark
Frazer Baggaley
Andrew Cumberpatch
Andrew Blayney
Worked with

Bloxam Burnett and Oliver (BBO), Hamilton planners;
TDG (now Stantec), Transport Planners,
Kessels ecologists,
CKL stormwater engineers;
RCG Demographics and Economic feasibility;
Marshall Day, Acoustics;
CMW Geosciences, geotechnical engineers;
Coffey Services, environmental site investigations;
Dr Caroline Phillips, archaeology;
Aurecon, engineering;
Ignite Architects, built form.

Project date2016 - Present