Waitara Boardwalk

Authentic Landscape Architecture Creates Community Coastal Connection

Waitara Boardwalk
Waitara Boardwalk
Waitara Boardwalk
Waitara Boardwalk

Project Credits

Client

Taranaki District Council

Date Completed

2019

Sector

Public & Civic

Awards
Project Lead

Maurice Kiely

Design Team
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The native eel shaped Chow:Hill’s design of Waitara’s River Walk Wetland Boardwalk, a community walkway that reflects the surrounding environment’s heritage.

A consultative design approach with project partners, Frame Group, ensured Chow:Hill’s design of a community boardwalk in the Taranaki township of Waitara evoked the region’s significant environmental, cultural and historical heritage.  

When designing the 210m-long structure, a key challenge for the Chow:Hill team was the integration of man-made materials with the ecological wetlands.  

Enduroplank, a sustainable recycled plastic product and an ethical alternative to timber, was chosen for its suitability in marine environments, durability, and low-maintenance requirements. This made it ideal for the 2m wide boardwalk’s surface and foundations.  

The design aesthetic of the boardwalk was inspired by the native eel (tuna), which tangata whenua viewed as both a food source and a means of connecting with their natural environment.  

Today, the Waitara River Walk Wetland Boardwalk is a treasured community asset that interweaves function with local history and encourages pedestrian and cycle activity through an environment of regional significance.

Waitara Boardwalk

Project Overview

Client

Taranaki District Council

Status

2019

The native eel shaped Chow:Hill’s design of Waitara’s River Walk Wetland Boardwalk, a community walkway that reflects the surrounding environment’s heritage.

A consultative design approach with project partners, Frame Group, ensured Chow:Hill’s design of a community boardwalk in the Taranaki township of Waitara evoked the region’s significant environmental, cultural and historical heritage.  

When designing the 210m-long structure, a key challenge for the Chow:Hill team was the integration of man-made materials with the ecological wetlands.  

Enduroplank, a sustainable recycled plastic product and an ethical alternative to timber, was chosen for its suitability in marine environments, durability, and low-maintenance requirements. This made it ideal for the 2m wide boardwalk’s surface and foundations.  

The design aesthetic of the boardwalk was inspired by the native eel (tuna), which tangata whenua viewed as both a food source and a means of connecting with their natural environment.  

Today, the Waitara River Walk Wetland Boardwalk is a treasured community asset that interweaves function with local history and encourages pedestrian and cycle activity through an environment of regional significance.

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Waitara Boardwalk

Project Credits

Client

Waitara Boardwalk

Status

In Progress

Project Type

Public & Civic

Awards

 

Lead Architect

Maurice Kiely

Project Team
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