Future of the Oamaru Harbour

​​​​​​​​​​​​Oamaru harbour view

We’re looking to develop a masterplan to shape the development of the Oamaru Harbour Area over the next 30 years and beyond.

A masterplan is a dynamic long-term planning document that provides a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development. Master planning is about making the connection between buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments.

By capturing your preferences for the area, we can define what should and shouldn’t go there. At the same time, we will look at how people get to and move around the area, including  transport, parking, walking and biking.

This area is a huge community asset, so we really want you to have your say on its future.

Please take the time to us know what you think.

Where are we talking about?

In the map below, you’ll see the area that we’ll be focussing on, as well as the area that we’ll think about when developing the plan for the harbour (the area of influence).

Why a masterplan?

The Oamaru Harbour has played a significant role in the history of Oamaru, it has shaped commerce and the development of the town since the 1880s.

In more recent times it has begun the transformation into a popular destination for residents, families and visitors. This has been done under the direction established in the 2011 Oamaru Harbour Development Strategy, which aimed for Oamaru Harbour to be one of the best little harbours in the country.

There have been a number of developments proposed in the Harbour Area recently, some of which have created a lot of conversation in the community. Any lasting development in this area needs to have a clear direction from the community, shaping the future and guiding any changes.

The Oamaru Harbour Area Masterplan will take a holistic view of the harbour and surrounding area and consider a range of options to ensure it remains a key community asset, both now and into the future. It will look at ways to protect what people see as special, while allowing for future suitable development and commercial use. 

The Masterplan will act as a guiding document for future changes and development -including a set of principles that help filter ideas and proposals to ensure Oamaru continues to have one of the best little harbours in the country.

Have your say!

We want to know what you like about the harbour, what you’d like to see changed and where you’d like to see the area in 30 years. It will only take a few minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous.

click to complete the survey




Alternatively, you can email your thoughts through to consult@waitaki.govt.nz​ or by mail to Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444. 

Or, you can leave feedback at any Council office or library, where printed survey forms will be available.

What happens next?

Once the survey closes on 30 November we will compile the results, identify the key themes and share them with the community. We will also use these results to guide the start of the masterplanning process. 

Find the Current District Plan here. ​
Page reviewed: 05 Nov 2018 9:24am