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River Plan Objective: To develop Ferrybank into Hamilton’s premier river destination.

River Plan Projects:

  • Enable the development of cafes, restaurants and mixed-use facilities such as commercial office space, enhanced retail, community and recreation space.
  • Create a social hub for activity along the whole river corridor
  • Provide a pedestrian bridge connecting Ferrybank to the river’s east bank
  • Promote the use of alternative modes of transport, such as cycles, boats and water taxis
  • Create a Waikato River Centre to provide a hub for tourism experiences in Hamilton and the Waikato region
  • Connect Ferrybank with the arts culture and entertainment areas of the central city

History: Ferrybank is named because it is where punts across the river used to land prior to bridges being constructed in Hamilton. The Celebrating Age Centre is located where an old town hall once stood – this was the social hub of the original Borough. In the early 1900s the Ferrybank was planted and the band rotunda, which was occasionally used on Sunday afternoons, was installed. The Embassy Theatre was once located in the park where the Riff Raff statue now stands. The Hamilton Rowing Club has been located at Ferrybank since 1905.

Maaori significance: The Ferrybank area was an important landing place used by Maaori (and early European settlers) in central Hamilton.

Premier social space in Hamilton with connections to the central city and the river
Enable commercial, hospitality and retail development that compliments and sustains a thriving social space