Porirua Adventure Park - Have Your Say

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We are consulting with our Community

An Adventure Park is proposed for Porirua City at Spicer Botanical Park/Te Rāhui o Rangituhi.  

Before construction can begin the developers, Porirua Adventure Park Ltd Partnership, need to acquire various permissions to use the land for this purpose.

The developers are nearing the end of the resource consent process which is a requirement under the Resource Management Act. 

They also need permission to lease land at Spicer Park from Porirua City Council under the Local Government Act process.

Because this is public land, we will be consulting with our community to gather their views on the Adventure Park as a whole.

We will be consulting on this in May, however, in the meantime (April) we’re having an early engagement period, giving you the chance to find out more, and we’re happy to answer any questions that you have.

We will be holding drop in sessions in the city centre in April and will keep you posted on the details for those. 

You can email us with questions at Adventure.park@poriruacity.govt.nz and we’ll get back to you.

What Porirua Adventure Park will provide

The new park will include a series of walking and biking pathways and routes freely open to all. A gondola ride, zipline, wave simulator and cafés will be on offer for those who want to pay for the experience.

The Adventure Park will improve the ability for people to enjoy the reserves and will give access to those who couldn’t previously get there, for example the elderly, small children and people with disabilities or accessibility issues.

An artists impression of what the new Adventure Park will look like

Porirua Adventure Park Artist Rendering

Economic benefits for Porirua

The independent MartinJenkins Economic Impact Assessment states that during construction the financial benefit for Porirua will be $8.3 million and for the Wellington urban area $13.7 million, while the project will also create 100 and 152 jobs respectively.

The economic benefits during operations are also impressive with the project expected to add $9.6 million to Porirua City economy. 

Jobs created at that time have been assessed at 147 for Porirua City alone.

It’s estimated there will be 80,000 plus visitors per year.

Impact on Spicer Botanical Park and Te Rāhui o Rangituhi (Colonial Knob)

Plans show that the proposed areas of development are expected to impact access to a small portion of Spicer Botanical Park. 

The Adventure Park will be freely accessible to everyone with the option to pay to use the new facilities.

The development of the park will mean more people visiting and using the area, there will be the construction of buildings that blend into the site, the removal of some plants and some alterations to the landscape during construction and the term of the lease.

Adventure Park Map

Permissions needed before development can begin

Before construction on the park can begin, Porirua Adventure Park Ltd Partnership need to acquire various permissions to use the land for this purpose. 

The resource consent, Department of Conservation concession, and consents and discharge permits from Greater Wellington Regional Council, are currently in progress and decisions are expected by mid-year.

Porirua Adventure Park Ltd Partnership also need to obtain a lease from Porirua City Council to operate the park from Spicer Botanical Park. This is what we will be consulting you on in May.

Do you have any questions?

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How to have your say

There will be plenty of opportunities to find out more and have your say.

We’re running an early engagement period in April when you can find out more about the project. 

We’ll be holding drop in sessions and we’re available to answer questions at Adventure.park@poriruacity.govt.nz.

The formal consultation is planned for May, subject to the resource consent process being completed. 

There will be opportunities to have your say during this period. You’ll also be able to provide your submission online.

We will also be holding public drop in sessions in April at the Hub at 7 Serlby Place in our city centre:

  • 17 April from 12 noon – 2pm
  • 17 April from 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Decision on granting the lease/licence

Council is aiming to make a decision on the lease by the end of June 2019.

For more information please email us on Adventure.park@poriruacity.govt.nz