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Opoia and Jesmond Park

River Plan Objective: For Opoia to be developed as a medium-density residential area (by the private sector) with the provision for public access and a strong connection to the river and central city.

River Plan Projects:

  • Promote medium density development on the east side of the river around Opoia
  • Create a wide and appealing promenade style river walkway
  • Improve connections to Hamilton East, the central city and future development at Sonning Carpark
  • Provide an improved connection to Claudelands Bridge to complete a river’s edge walking and cycleway circuit.
  • Commemorate Jesmond Park outlined in the Maaori Landmarks on Riverside Reserves Management Plan

History: Opoia Pa was once located in this area. The Kowhai trees on Jesmond Park were planted by Jaycees in the 1950s. Jesmond Park is often wet due to underground springs in the locality.

Maaori significance: Opoia Pa (on the eastern side of Claudelands Bridge) was the site of Opoia Pa, occupied by the Ngati Wairere people. There was a flat piece of land below and in front of the pa, which was a common meeting place for war parties before going to war. The land and the pa itself were destroyed by the construction of the Claudelands Road and railway bridges.

Use: In the Proposed District Plan, Opoia is a Residential Intensification Zone. With the appropriate resource consents Opoia could be transformed to create medium density residential development, with cafes/restaurants and meeting places, with a unique riverside character that is complimentary to the central city.

Riverside restaurants, cafes and apartments
Unique riverside character for medium density development