The River Plan

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Waikato River Centre at Ferrybank - Artist's Impression 
Hamiltonians are passionate about the Waikato River. It has long been recognised as a remarkable natural asset and a defining feature of our city. 

The River Plan is the first time Hamilton will have a comprehensive strategy to transform the way we use and view the 16kms of Waikato River running through the city.

Over the next 30 years the River Plan projects will make the river a real part of our everyday lives.

Why are these projects important?

  • For decades Hamiltonians have wanted to see the river become the heart of our city and to have a plan to achieve this
  • The river is an integral part of Hamilton’s identity and history
  • To realise the river as an asset for everyone to use and enjoy, it needs to be made available and accessible
  • The river has huge untapped potential for visitor and tourism opportunities
  • Embracing the river marks our coming of age as a city - the River Plan presents a rare opportunity to realise a vision that will benefit Hamiltonians now, as well as the generations to come.​

The River Plan projects

  • Implementing the Ferrybank Development Plan to create Hamilton's premier river destination with hospitality, recreation, commercial activity and a pedestrian bridge
  • Creating the city's best beach through the installation of an accessible in-river swimming feature and other public amenity improvements at Wellington Street Beach/Hayes Paddock
  • Transforming the Pukete pedestrian bridge into a flower garden bridge with connections to the north, along Te Awa River Ride
  • Completing the upper promenade walkway between Victoria Bridge and Claudelands Bridge.
  • A sculpture walkway beside the river in the central city
Tooku awa koiora me oona pikonga he kura tangihia o te maataamuri.
The River of Life, each curve more beautiful than the last.
​​Artist's Impressions of Ferrybank and Pedestrian and biking bridge

Vegetation Management Plan – Managing Planting Along the Waikato River

The River Plan has a goal of improving river views, without losing the valuable impression of natural greenery. This Vegetation Management Plan will bring that aspiration to reality.​

Page reviewed: 09 Jun 2021 12:07pm