Omokoroa Domain and Esplanade

​​​​​​​​Updated: Tuesday 3 July 2018

Feedback wanted on Omokoroa Domain update – open day being held Saturday 21 July

Western Bay residents are invited to input into planned upgrades for the Omokoroa Domain.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council are looking at upgrades which aim to balance retaining the lovely character of the Omokoroa Domain and foreshore while making sure the area caters for growth and multiple uses.​

Domain users are invited to have their say at an open day at the Omokoroa Boat Club on Saturday 21 July between 10.30am – 1.30pm.

Updated: Monday 18 June 2018

We’re planning for the short term and future development of the Omokoroa Domain and Esplanade.

​The Omokoroa Domain and Esplanade area is treasured by the community. It’s a great spot for families to enjoy a safe swimming beach and park, and provides all-tide harbour access for boaties and other users, as well as ferry links to Matakana Island.  

But some people are concerned about how the area will cater for the growth in Omokoroa, as there are already issues with congestion at certain times.   ​

We want to develop the domain and esplanade in a way that protects the environment whilst providing for all the recreation and commercial activities that happen there. So we’re preparing a plan for the domain and esplanade area, incorporating both short term solutions and a longer term vision for its development.​

Feedback

We carried out user surveys and are currently monitoring traffic flows and use from the cameras installed in the area. You can ​rea​d th​is feedback here​​ (PDF, 1MB).​ Public open days will be held in July.

Tangata W​henua seek to have their identity and culture recognised and included through design elements, to maintain their relationship with their ancestral land and waters, and to tell their stories.  An example is in the design of the proposed anchor stone to be installed near the boat club. The Hapū of the area are Pirirakau, and Ngati Taka.​

Stakeholder Workshop and Initial Design Ideas

On 30 May 2018 we held a workshop on with people representing users groups and residents.  We presented some initial design ideas, and the workshop gave feedback on those.  The ideas presented, and the feedback from the workshop, is set out below.

We'll be holding a public open day in July to seek wider community feedback on what people like, don't like and possible solutions.  We'll present the initial design ideas and solutions from the workshop in a draft concept plan. 

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​The Group Liked…

​But were concerned about…

​They came up with some solutions…

​Increased Parking

  • ​​How to cater for parking for people from Matakana Island
  • How to reduce traffic congestion at the boat ramp.

  • ​​Develop a secure long term parking area (with lighting / cameras) at the northern end of the Domain (by Crapp land).
  • Develop a drop off point at the ramp area
  • ​​Enforce parking at boat ramp once new long term parking is in place
  • Possibly create more parking by moving freedom campers
  • Tarseal Cooneys Reserve to provide location elsewhere
  • Multi-level carparking building at northern end
  • ​Reclamation for carparking

​Spine Road / Boulevard for shared vehicle / pedestrian use (one way)

  • ​How to keep children safe near road
  • How to manage relocation of campervans off the spine road


  • ​Traffic calming design needed for road / shared pedestrian area
  • ​​Need to be creative with the design – not just a black strip
  • Seasonal limits on campers, or move them to another spot eg. Cooneys Reserve
  • Monitor use of the area

​Upgrades to facilities, new playground, proposed walkways

  • How to preserve the recreational use and green space of the Domain
  • How to have better utilisation of the green space
  • Sort out the drainage – too wet in winter
  • Add some facilities to the northern end, such as a secondary playground, extra BBQ area, outdoor gym around perimeter, single basketball hoop
  • Build pathways, but not imposing – boardwalks like at Mount Main Beach would be suitable
  • Plant more shade-providing trees
  • Bring in additional sand to make the beach more appealing
  • Add good signage pointing people in the direction of facilities / activities
  • ​Create an all-tide swimming pool at the end of the Esplanade (opposite end to boat ramp)

​Increased parking

  • ​How to keep the Esplanade green – no more concrete parks for cars
  • ​Keep it green
  • Bring sand into beach at bottom, and beautify
  • Maintain area for small boats to launch without needing to use the ramp
  • Keep picnic areas
  • Keep it ‘free’ for playing, fishing and relaxing

​Upgraded boat ramp

  • How to solve boat ramp congestion
  • ​How to create a new boat launch ramp to relieve congestion

  • ​Redesign ramp to include 4 ramps by moving jetty slightly to the north
  • Create a bigger pontoon for jumpers
  • Remove the central parking area at the ramp (park elsewhere)
  • The spine road may help to reduce congestion
  • Tidy up dinghys and access to launch area
  • Leave existing barge ramp as it is​
  • Move the ferry down towards common area

Project timeline​​


Page reviewed: 03 Jul 2018 11:24am