The Te Awa Lakes development is transforming Hamilton’s northern gateway into a vibrant community hub and tourism destination.
The city council granted resource consent for the Te Awa Lakes project in November 2021, the approval paves the way for construction to begin on the $1 billion “master-planned community”.
Bordered by the Waikato Expressway and the Te Awa Cycleway, the 62ha development site includes medium density residential dwellings, retail shops, river links, tourism activities and a water adventure park.

CKL has been working closely with Perry Group in support of the land use change and plan change proposals to convert the former industrial site to residential and recreational use with the design of the lakes and wetlands.

This project required a design strategy that would restore the freshwater system and effectively manage stormwater discharge. We designed an integrated lake and outfall river system to minimise impact on the Waikato River. Stormwater run-off from the Expressway and across the development site will be directed through wetlands for bioretention and treatment before discharge.

The natural environment plays a big role: feature lakes and the Waikato River provide unlimited swimming and kayaking, an indoor/outdoor recreational zone and other recreational activities, will attract tourists and locals alike.

Up to 2500 new high quality, medium density, mixed housing options are planned. These will include detached dwellings, duplexes, and terraced apartments to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets – with attractive lake and river front living options available – it’s an attractive proposition for a range of potential occupants.

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