Barry 2019-05-03

A 252-berth extension to Waikawa Marina on New Zealand’s South Island has received approval from the Port Marlborough Board.   

The Waikawa marina, which already has 600 berths from 8m-20m, is set to add a further 252 berths to the north-west of the existing marina. These will range from from 10m-25m, some of which will cater to multihulls.

The growing waiting lists for both Picton and Waikawa marinas supported the Port’s decision to extend, with both marinas having operated at capacity for several years.

“We are hugely excited to head into the next stage of this project, following 10 years of careful planning and considerable consultation with community partners and stakeholders,” says Port Marlborough CEO Rhys Welbourn. “We have really appreciated the amount of time people have given to work with us on this project.

“Te Ä€tiawa, the Marlborough Berth and Mooring Association, neighbours, community groups, customers and other stakeholders have had a lot of input to the planning of the design,” he says. “Their aspirations have been incorporated where possible, and how we will deliver the construction and the marina will be better as a result.

“The north-west extension will not only fulfil recreational demand in our marinas but also has a wider economic benefit for the Marlborough region, pre- and post-construction. The economic impact of the marina expansion is estimated to bring an annual additional expenditure of NZ$2.4m in the Marlborough region.”

The finished marina will ensure ongoing public access to the northern shoreline and there will be a walkway along the northern breakwater.

At this stage, the first few berths are expected to be available by early 2021.

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