Waiwhakareke Park Development

​We are committed to building a great river city by helping to improve Hamilton's liveability through new community infrastructure and more green spaces. 

We are currently upgrading Waiwhakareke  to improve the vibrancy of the park. The first stage involved creating a loop track, viewing platforms and constructing a public toilet so we could open Waiwhakareke to the public in November 2019.

The next exciting stage is to create a shared entry precinct with Hamilton Zoo. This major project will be done in stages and includes developing a new function and education space. We budgeted for the early stages of the project in the 2018-28 Long-Term Plan, while funding for the later stages will be considered in the 2021-31 Long-Term Plan.

We now propose accelerating the project as part of the city's COVID-19 recovery plan. If our request for Government stimulus funding is successful, the work could be completed within just three years.

The Hamilton Zoo-Waiwhakareke Entry Precinct development will showcase two world-class attractions and create a truly distinctive conservation experience – featuring a restorative heritage park with pre-European native flora and fauna alongside exotic and protected wildlife species in a natural zoo setting.​

Concept designs:

Viewing platform at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park


View from Waiwhakareke into Hamilton Zoo

New Zoo reception and ticketing area

View towards Zoo entrance

New outward-facing café

Page reviewed: 01 May 2020 10:50am