South Bay Harbour Redevelopment

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South Bay Harbour is Kaikōura's primary hub for marine-based activities in the region.  A recently published business case by the Kaikōura Marine Development Project proposes a significant redevelopment.

The harbour was extensively damaged in the 2016 earthquake and was rebuilt to the original specification, with some improvements to accommodate larger vessels and upgraded facilities.  However, there are a series of ongoing challenges, including a lack of space in the water for all operators, an increased level of silting due to the geotechnical impacts of the earthquake, a change in wave patterns and ocean currents, and substandard onshore facilities for commercial and recreational users – not least of which includes the current jetty that is unsafe and too small to be fit for purpose.


Kaikōura Marine Development Programme

Following a successful application to the Provincial Growth Fund (Kānoa) for $1m, the Kaikōura Marine Development Programme (KDMP) was established to investigate the potential development of a Marina and Harbour that would overcome the issues of the current harbour and help maximise its future potential.

South Bay Harbour & Marina Redevelopment Business Case

Stakeholders and Community members were invited to offer suggestions for the potential development of South Bay Harbour/Marina. Feedback was incorporated with specialist engineering design requirements into a business case that proposes a staged approach to the redevelopment of the harbour.  You can download the full business case or a summary below.

Click here to view and download the full business case

Click here to view and download a summary of the business case.

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What's Next?

In July 2022 the completed business case was presented to Kaikōura District Council and received approval.  Kaikōura District Council are now seeking funding from Central Government to conduct further feasibility studies to inform development of designs. 


Video South Bay Harbour Proposed Redevelopment

Artist Impression - Proposed South Bay Harbour Redevelopment

More Information

 07/08/2020 Media Release - Kaikōura Marine Development project begins with a blessing.

28/09/2020 Media Release - Project Lead appointed for Kaikōura Marine Development Project

17/05/2021 Media Release - Feedback sought for business case of South Bay Marina Development

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