Akaroa Wharf is an iconic landmark for the popular seaside town – with significant cultural, historical and social value for the community.
The 130-year-old Akaroa Wharf is owned by the Christchurch City Council and was originally constructed for coastal shipping.
Today it is used by locals, visitors and business operators for a combination of commercial fishing, tourism and recreational activities.
A structural condition assessment in late 2018 identified that the wharf is reaching the end of its useful life and it is no longer economical to keep repairing and maintaining it.
We're developing a plan for a new Akaroa Wharf to replace the existing one so it meets the future needs of the community.
Funding of $19.1M for a new wharf has been included in the Draft Long Term Plan 2021-2031, which closed for consultation on Sunday 18 April 2021.
We are working on design and location options for a new wharf, taking into consideration feedback we received from the community following public consultation in June 2019. We are also continuing to engage with key stakeholders that have an interest in the project, so they can have input into our preferred location and design for the new wharf.
The public will have an opportunity to see and comment on what’s being proposed later in 2021. Once a decision has been reached for the preferred location and design of the new wharf structure, we’ll have a better idea of when construction of the new wharf will start and the timing of the removal of the existing structure.
Heritage and conservation, as well as collaboration with Ōnuku Rununga, are all key considerations for the Akaroa Wharf Renewal Project.
More information about the project and consultation carried out in 2019 can be found on the Akaroa Wharf Have Your Say (external link)page.