Victoria on the River

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​​Pop-up car park on Victoria Street

A "pop-up" car park will operate on the Victoria on the River site in the lead-up to Christmas.

A major feature of the Central City Transformation Plan, Victoria on the River will be transformed into an attractive public space and "view shaft" to the Waikato River, with the second stage of major physical work to begin early next year.

Until the diggers, excavators and tradesmen begin their job in 2017, the Council-owned site will have more than 40 car parks available to commuters and shoppers on a "first in, first served" basis.

With free weekend shopping in the city from December through January, the Victoria on the River "pop-up" carpark will be unmanned on Saturdays and Sundays.​

One of the most exciting recent developments along the Waikato River is about to get underway.

Throughout 2016, the Victoria on the River site (Victoria Street) will be developed into a park-like location, enhancing the connection to the Waikato River and taking advantage of the city's defining geographical feature.

Beginning in March, the Victoria on the River development is a two-phase project which is expected to be concluded in December.

Phase one of the project will see the remediation of the site, and the removal of several cubic tonnes of undesirable 'fill' material. People passing the site between March and June will see a range of activity on the site, with heavy machinery to be used and regular truck movements removing soil and other materials. There may be some minor traffic disruption while this work is carried out, and we ask motorists to be patient and courteous if they see heavy vehicles entering or leaving the Victoria on the River site.

The site will be fenced off and we ask passers-by to keep well clear of the work area.

The car park on the site will be unavailable, and people who usually park there will need to find alternative locations.

Phase one also requires the temporary closure of the popular riverbank paths below the site. You'll see signage on the river paths directing you to the detour and the other access points along the path. Closing this particular section of the riverbank path is to ensure safety of path users is not compromised while work is underway. 


Phase two will see the redevelopment of the site.  You can see an artist's impression of how the site will look when it is completed​ (PDF, 9MB) – although there may be some subtle changes to the final design in comparison to what you see here.

We're excited by the end goal, and while the final design is to be confirmed, we're confident residents will also ​be excited by the development of the site. When the work is completed, you'll be able to enjoy views to and across the Waikato River, and it will be a pleasant location to relax, socialise, and enjoy Hamilton's natural environment.​

Page reviewed: 22 Nov 2016 8:18am