24 September 2019
Lake lovers will be able to enjoy upgraded facilities this summer with multiple upgrades underway around the district.
As part of the 2018-28 Long-term Plan Rotorua Lakes Council committed more than $2 million to enhance lakeside reserves and facilities.
The capital spend on local infrastructure has also been supplemented by generous funding from partners including Rotorua Lakes Community Board and various local lakeside community groups, as well as grants from the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
So what’s happening at our lakes?
Matahi Spit toilets:
To continue the work already finished on the jetty at Matahi Spit (Lake Rotomā), work began this week (Monday 23 September) to upgrade the nearby toilet block.
This project is in partnership with Rotorua Lakes Community Board, which has significantly funded the upgrade. The refurbishment continues Council’s commitment to improving the standard of public toilets around the district.
While the facilities are under construction, a temporary port-a-loo will be on site. The work is expected to take 6 weeks and completion date will be weather dependent.
Plans for upgraded toilets at Matahi Spit
New jetty at Matahi Spit
A grant from the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund will help ease some of the impact of visitors to the popular Tarawera Landing reserve. The grant covers upgrades and improvements to the public toilets, pedestrian facilities and parking areas.
Planning is underway for upgrades to the existing infrastructure as well as improvements such as a picnic area and a new entrance to the historic rock art viewing area.
Council will work with iwi and other local stakeholders to ensure any upgrades meet local needs. It is likely the upgrades will be done following the busy summer period.
Further around the lake, marker posts will be placed for the Lake Tarawera walkway which will run parallel to Spencer Road. It will run along the lake edge from Stoney Point to the end of Waitangi Road.
Location of new Tarawera walkway
At Acacia Road the new boat ramp and jetties are now in place and refurbishment of the toilets is complete. The finishing touches will be lake level signage on the jetties to assist people when launching their boats.
At Boyes Beach work has started to construct a new ablution block (toilets and showers) that will cater for day users, overnight visitors who use the camping area, and the adjacent Te Waiariki Purea Trust. Council, the Tourism Infrastructure Fund and the Lake Ōkareka Community Association have provided funding to improve these facilities.
The new block will include family rooms, a dishwashing station and showering facilities – paid hot showers and free cold showers both inside and outside of the facility. Adjacent to the block will be wash-down pads for cleaning of water sports equipment to help protect the biodiversity of Rotorua’s lakes.
Refurbished toilets at Acacia Road
Upgraded boat ramp and jetties at Acacia Road
Boyes Beach ablution block plans
Gisborne Point boat ramp:
Planning continues for construction of a new boat ramp and jetty at Gisborne Point West. Following final plan designs and further consultation with local iwi, an application will be submitted to Heritage New Zealand to modify the reserve, which is a known heritage site (Komuhumuhu Pa).
The community at Gisborne Point submitted a petition to Council for a new ramp at Gisborne Point West to alleviate pressure on the limited launching facilities at Gisborne Point East.
Recently completed projects:
• Waipuna Delta carpark - Lake Rotoiti
• Hamurana Reserve upgrades
• Tarawera landing boat ramp
Waipuna Delta carpark