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New golf park announced for Auckland’s north coast

Auckland residents can rejoice with the announcement that a new wave pool is coming to the city’s north coast.

Construction of this multi-million dollar project will start later this year. It includes a world-class training facility, surf school, restaurants and accommodation.

It was announced today in front of a packed room of surfers and stakeholders, with everyone – including the city’s mayor – eager to get out and about.

Global surf park developer Aventuur’s brand new wave park, located inland at Dairy Flat, will benefit from a soon-to-be-built Spark data center to keep the waves nice and warm.

Adventure spokesman Trevor McKewen said the surf park was a world first.

“We have a seven-acre solar farm that will generate renewable energy that the data center will use,” he said.

‘The excess heat from the data center is then led to the surf pool to heat it. New Zealand surfers will tell you this is a godsend.

“There is no other pool in the world that has done this.”

A mock-up of the planned wave park facility, supplied to RNZ.

McKewen said the project was a huge undertaking.

“Normally people talk about a $100 million project, and that’s what swimming pools are all about.

“That’s just the pool part, it doesn’t take into account the Spark elements of what they’re contributing and what they’re doing with the data center,” McKewen said.

“It’s a huge project, not just for Auckland, but for New Zealand.”

The surf park got the funds approved, which meant it was all off and running for those who wanted to participate.

A number of famous faces were present at the unveiling, including pro surfers Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan and Glenn ‘Micro Hall.

Billy Stairmand, Paris’ Olympic surfing representative, was also there, just weeks before he left for Tahiti for the Games.

“It’s only three weeks away, we’re flying there in three weeks,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s a big, intense, scary wave, but again, I think I have the ability to beat everyone there and hopefully bring home a medal for New Zealand.”

He said the park was an exciting opportunity for New Zealand surfers.

“I think this is a huge opportunity, not only for the development of surfing and the next generation of competitive surfers, but for surfing in general.”

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown – himself an avid surfer – agreed.

“It’s a fantastic addition to what we already have,” he says.

“There are a lot of benefits when they set up the data center and use the wasted water – it sends out a lot of good messages. I think it’s great, it’s a great thing.”

Addressing the crowd, Brown said the surf park would not impose additional costs on taxpayers.

“I supported this proposal because it provides local employment and business opportunities on a scale where Auckland can play a role in the recovery of the tourism industry, and best of all, it hasn’t cost taxpayers a penny.”

Those looking to hit the fully tubular waves will have to stick around, however, as the park is expected to open in the summer of 2026, or the year after.

By Finn Blackwell from rnz.co.nz