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Auckland Surf Park moves one step closer now that resource permits have been approved

“Auckland will now be able to host surfing events and train surfers in all weather conditions, which can only be positive given the days when the surf is a little more unreliable.

“I support this proposal because it will provide local employment and business opportunities on a scale where Auckland can play a role in the recovery of the tourism sector and, best of all, it hasn’t cost taxpayers a cent. So I’m very grateful to the private sector for coming together and creating such a space to create another location that Auckland can be proud of.”

The project will have an entire precinct being built in Auckland’s northern suburb of Dairy Flat, complete with a farm-to-table restaurant, accommodation and high-end facilities. At its heart will be a wave pool, built using Wavegarden Cove Lagoon technology in a setup similar to that of Melbourne’s famous UrbnSurf park. The resource consent comes after Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand confirmed that developer Aventuur had been given permission to purchase 42 hectares at 1350 Dairy Flat Highway from New Zealand company Yue Teng in March.

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Auckland Surf Park is expected to create more than 400 jobs during construction and 120 full-time equivalents once operational, and those behind the proposed park forecast will contribute more than $600 million to Auckland’s economy over the life of the project.

“I am delighted that we have been granted approval for the resource allocation as it will enable us to deliver on our vision of a natural, inclusive surfing destination that is true to Aotearoa and that improves the lives of everyone we welcome to our community at Dairy Flat “, said project partner Sir John Kirwan.

A rendering of how the proposed Auckland Surf Park will fit into the Dairy Flat landscape.
A rendering of how the proposed Auckland Surf Park will fit into the Dairy Flat landscape.

“We aim to have a meaningful, positive impact on our planet by sustainably developing and operating the Auckland Surf Park, and across Auckland by employing local people and providing experiences that improve wellbeing – including water safety, mental health and surf therapy programs.”

While plans for the construction of the surf park were unveiled in November 2020, developer Aventuur and its project partners were still busy securing the perfect location at the time. The process took three years, with many potential sites explored before the Dairy Flat site was selected.

Aventuur has put a lot of thought into the sustainability and environmental aspects of such a project and is aiming for a green star rating from the New Zealand Green Buildings Council. There will be a solar park, while the developers want to heat the park’s lagoon with excess heat stored from the data center. After commissioning an economic report that took into account the total costs of delivering the park, solar farm and data centre, as well as increased local spending and greater stimulus in Auckland once operational, it was estimated that Auckland Surf Park would contribute more than $600 million to Auckland’s economy. during the life of the project.

Speaking with the Herald Speaking about the project late last year, former World Surf League championship tour athlete Adrian “Ace” Buchan, who now works as surf and sustainability director for Aventuur, said it was the benefits the sport could offer the average Kiwi that excited him most when it came to creating an artificial wave that was accessible to everyone.

“For me, surfing has always been much more than participating and putting on a sweater. It was about the feeling I get when I ride a wave, and I’m lucky enough to be able to do that now with my three children. That is the core of our company. It’s about giving people access to the feeling you get,” says Buchan Herald.

“That’s it. High performance is just the tip of the iceberg. The reason we started this, and personally for myself, was to build communities and transform people’s mental and physical health through waves. That starts with children, or even adults, surfing for the first time in a safe and supportive environment.”

Christopher Reive joined the Herald sports team in 2017, bringing the same versatility to his reporting as he does to his sports viewing.