In 2019, we asked you for feedback on our plans for a parking area at the Kaiaua end of the Hauraki Rail Trail north of Kaiaua township.
At that time, our plans included day and overnight parking areas with natural landscaping, picnic areas and a toilet and shower facility.
We've had a re-think
Quite a bit of time has passed since these plans were finalised so we’ve given them a final once over before we start work on the project. After completing this review, we think having a public toilet and shower facility in the area near the pirate ship playground makes more sense than putting them in the overnight parking area.
Is the pirate park area a better option?
This is because they would be accessible to more people there, including users of the playground, visitors to the Pink Store, boat ramp users and travellers stopping to stretch their legs. There is also more space to plant screening plants to help the facility blend into the natural landscape. We would still provide day and overnight parking areas, natural landscaping and picnic areas in the original location.
It would only be a short walk for people staying or picnicking in the overnight parking area to use the toilets and shower in the pirate ship playground area.
What do you think?
Should we build the toilet and shower facility at the overnight parking area as originally planned, or does it make more sense to build them in the pirate ship playground area? Head to our We Need to Talk website to provide feedback on the following options:
Location 1 –overnight parking area north of Kaiaua township
Accessible to overnight campers
Not as accessible for general use due to their location north of the township
Less room for screening plants to help blend into the natural landscape
Part of the original plan we asked for feedback on
Location 2 – pirate ship playground
Accessible to more people, including users of the playground, visitors to the Pink Store, and travellers stopping to stretch their legs.
More space to plant screening plants to help the facility blend into the natural landscape
It would only be a short walk for people staying or picnicking in the parking area to use the toilets and shower in the pirate ship playground area.
Feedback opens today until Friday 30 April 2021
Consultation opens today and closes on Friday 30 April. Council will consider all feedback at the Council meeting on Wednesday 12 May and the decision will be shared in late May.