Porirua Adventure Park - FAQs

1. What is the land involved in the Porirua Adventure Park development?

The names of land involved in the Adventure Park development is:

  • Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve which is the Department of Conservation (DOC) land involved in the Adventure Park. 
  • Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve which is the Department of Conservation land involved in the Adventure Park. 
  • Te Rāhui o Rangituhi is the central land area which is Recreation Reserve administered by Porirua City Council.
  • Porirua Scenic Reserve is the scenic reserve land adjacent and to the north of Te Rāhui o Rangituhi. It is administered by Porirua City Council.
  • Spicer Botanical Park, which is mostly freehold land owned by Porirua City Council, and the Landfill Joint Venture. 
  • Te Ara a Rangituhi is the generic name agreed with Ngāti Toa (in 2016/17) for the whole of the western hills of Porirua and would therefore describe all of the above three reserves as well as more land to the south. 
  • There is also a part of the Landfill Joint Venture land to the east and across the road from Spicer Botanical Park.

2. What does the proposal for the Porirua Adventure Park involve?

The proposal for the park includes:

  • The establishment and operation of recreational activities including walking, mountain biking ziplines and a surf simulator.
  • A Base Station compound at Spicer Botanical Park containing an operations building, café, a surf simulator, a demonstration and bike repair centre, toilets, changing rooms, administration, and the gondola station and gondola maintenance station. 
  • A Top Station compound at Te Rāhui o Rangituhi containing a café, bathroom facilities, a covered walkway, a designated helicopter landing area and a service shed. 
  • A gondola comprising two stations and nine towers that enables access from the Base Station to the Top Station.
  • Uphill and downhill mountain bike trails that comprise a combination of trails already consented under an existing Porirua City Council consent, and proposed new trails. 
  • New walking trails and upgrading and extension of existing walking trails to an accessible standard, including the creation of a loop trail around the Department of Conservation redundant water reservoir, subject to DOC approval.
  • A zipline extending from below the proposed Top Station to the land within the Spicer Landfill area. The line comprises two lines accessible via two tower structures.
  • New carpark with bus bays, a helipad and a hanger within the Spicer Landfill site that is currently utilised as a landfill ‘borrow area’.
  • Helicopter movements for both emergency and operational/commercial purposes to and from helipads located at the base station and top station.
  • Upgrading the existing vehicle and accessible access routes within Spicer Botanical Park.
  • Vegetation trimming, and clearance associated with building, gondola and trail construction.
  • Earthworks and construction works.
  • Signage.
  • A number of remediation and mitigation measures including flood protection, mitigation planting, landscape amenity planting, ecological monitoring and pest and weed control.
  • A pedestrian overbridge from the carpark across to Spicer Botanical Park.

3. What are the permissions that the Porirua Adventure Park Limited Partnership need before they can develop the land?

These permissions include a:

  • Resource consent from Porirua City Council (being managed independently) for the entire park. This was granted on May 3 2019 (subject to a 15-day appeal period).
  • Other resource consents from Greater Wellington Regional Council for all of the development.
  • Concession from Department of Conservation (DOC) to establish and operate the infrastructure on Rangituhi /Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve (DOC administered land).
  • Lease/licence/easement (“the lease”) from Porirua City Council over the Council administered land which is a small part of Spicer Landfill, Spicer Botanical Park, Te Rāhui o Rangituhi, and part of Porirua Scenic Reserve.

4. Where are all of these permissions at?

  • The resource consent has been approved, the other permissions are all progressing with decisions expected by mid-year.

5.  If the Porirua Adventure Park Partnership Ltd obtain all these permissions when could they open the park?

  • The developers advise that, subject to securing the consents and permissions, they plan to open the park in summer 2020.

6. How much is the Porirua Adventure Park costing?

  • The Porirua Adventure Park is being funded by Porirua Adventure Park Limited Partnership and investors who are making an approximately $31 million investment in the Adventure Park. 

7.  How much is it costing Council/ratepayers?

  • The Council is not funding the Park development but has agreed to provide a $4 million bank guarantee for the Adventure Park depending on a number of conditions being met. Porirua Adventure Park Limited will pay Council rental for use of the land subject to a lease agreement being agreed by Council. The Council has previously had little revenue from the land proposed to be leased.

8. If the lease is granted for the Adventure Park does that mean no-one else can visit this land? Only the people paying to use the facilities?

  • The new park will include a series of walking and biking pathways and routes freely open to all. Public access to the vast majority of the area will be ensured and will be part of the conditions should the lease be granted. Only the land within the buildings and towers footprints will be restricted. However, this is only a tiny part of the overall site. A gondola ride, zipline, wave simulator and cafés will be on offer for those who want to pay for the experience.

9. How much of the current area will be affected by the development?

  • 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 still be freely accessible to everyone with the option to pay to use the new facilities.

10. Will I still be able to walk my dog in the area?

  • Dog access may be reviewed later in the year.

11. How will traffic and parking be managed?

  • We are working with NZTA and other parties to work through the management of traffic in the area including the Kenepuru Corridor. This includes scoping proposed new intersections at the Rahia/Kenepuru intersection and the Transmission Gully connection. We are also investigating shared pathways to meet the planned increase in pedestrians and cyclists looking to access the Adventure Park and how we strengthen connectivity with public transport.

12. Is the Porirua Adventure Park the same as the one the owners operate in Christchurch?

  • The Porirua Park is quite a different venture from the Christchurch Adventure Park with a different ownership structure and more offerings proposed.

13. Why have you been consulting on this?

  • 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 from Porirua City Council has been approved (subject to a 15-day appeal period). The concession from the Department of Conservation, and consents and discharge permits from Greater Wellington Regional Council, are currently in progress and decisions are expected by mid-year. 
  • They also need permission to lease land at Spicer Botanical Park and adjacent landfill land.  Before that can happen, the Local Government Act obliges Council to consult with the public about whether this is a good decision for its community.
  • Because this is all public land, we will be consulting with our community on their views on the Adventure Park as a whole. 
  • The Resource Management Act (RMA) process has considered the environmental impacts of the activities proposed. Council will be taking those considerations into account when it decides whether or not to grant the lease/licence/easement over the reserves, and that is part of the reason we did not start this formal consultation until the RMA decision was known.