We want to improve the popular Naval Point – Te Nukutai o Tapoa marine and recreation area, which is an important facility for Lyttelton, Christchurch and wider Canterbury.

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As the only all-tide water access points for Christchurch, the aim is to make Naval Point a great place for people to enjoy being on, or close to, Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour and to improve the site for the many groups who are already based there.

The Naval Point-Te Nukutai o Tapoa Development Plan [PDF, 3.4 MB] will guide Council and other stakeholders and users of the site about the future development and opportunities within the area.

The plan was approved by the Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū/Banks Peninsula Community Board on Monday, 30 November 2020. Council also needed to give approval for the closure of Magazine Bay Marina, with this decision made on Thursday 28 January 2021.

Naval Point’s development will have a staged approach over several years due to funding availability.

Stage one of the Naval Point Development Plan is underway

Stage one works started at Naval Point in mid-2021 and have included sealing part of the car park, replacing an ageing water main, upgrading utilities and making foreshore improvements. These works, which were originally fast tracked to prepare the site for the SailGP 2022 yachting series, are due to be completed by December 2021.

The Council is expanding the scope of this sealing work to include the full parking area, on the western side of the site. This is scheduled to start from February 2022 and should take two to three months.

View the full document outlining the Naval Point Development Plan [PDF, 3.4 MB]

Project background

The need for a Naval Point-Te Nukutai o Tapoa Development Plan was identified through the Lyttelton Master Plan 2012 and again in the Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan 2015, although there have been calls from the community for the site to be developed for many years prior.

After a lot of discussion with key stakeholders and users of the site, two development options were consulted on in July 2019(external link) – with one clearly preferred by the community based on submissions received.

The preferred option (Option 2), which proposed Council acquire a 1.3-hectare piece of land to give the site better configuration for development, has been refined and is the basis for the Naval Point Development Plan [PDF, 2.8 MB].

Who we’ve talked to

Naval Point-Te Nukutai o Tapoa and Magazine Bay is the home to many recreational groups who lease Council land including Naval Point Club Lyttelton, Coastguard Canterbury, Lyttelton Sea Scouts, Canterbury Windsports Association, a number of waka ama groups, rugby and football clubs associated with the Lyttelton recreation grounds as well as a number of formal and informal marine recreational and other community-based organisations.

The site is also significant to Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, mana whenua for the area.

We have spoken to all of the groups and taken into consideration the feedback they have given, as well as the submissions received through public consultation in 2017(external link) and 2019(external link).

Naval Point is an important marine and recreational asset for Lyttelton, Christchurch and the region.

The condition of the existing site is no longer adequate due to increasing demands from users and the wider public and we have been working with the community to establish how the site should be developed.

Engagement to find out what the community wants for the area was carried out in 2017(external link) and 2018 through drop-in sessions, site surveys, Have Your Say consultation and discussions with user groups. A series of background reports have also been carried out on Naval Point in recent years, assessing the area for things such as cultural values, risks, archaeological significance and how it fits into the greater plan for sport in Greater Christchurch.

Two development options were then consulted on in July 2019(external link), with one clearly preferred by the community based on submissions received. The preferred option, which proposes Council acquiring a 1.2 hectare piece of land to give the site better configuration for development, has been refined and become the basis for the Naval Point-Te Nukutai o Tapoa Development Plan.

Stage one works started at Naval Point in mid-2021 and involved sealing part of the car park, replacing an ageing water main, upgrading utilities and making foreshore improvements. These works, which were originally fast tracked to prepare the site for the SailGP 2022 yachting series, are due to be completed next month (December).

The Council is expanding the scope of this sealing work to include the full parking area, on the western side of the site. This is scheduled to start from February 2022 and should take two to three months.

While SailGP is no longer coming to Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour in January 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, negotiations are underway between ChristchurchNZ and SailGP about future racing at the site.