KMDP - Wakatu Quay

Provincial Growth Funding

In 2018 Kaikōura District Council was awarded $200,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to investigate the suitability of three concepts for funding including the development of Wakatu Quay and South Bay Harbour.

Input was sought from locals, experts and government. Based on these investigations Council successfully applied to PGF for $10.88M – up to $9.88M to develop Wakatu Quay and up to $1M to study how South Bay Harbour and its surrounds could be developed.

PGF funds for the Kaikōura Marine Development Project are to

- enhance economic development opportunities
- create sustainable jobs
- boost social inclusion and participation
- build resilient communities

Kaikōura Marine Development Project

The Kaikōura Marine Development Governance Group was put in place to oversee and manage the project in line with requirements from the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) who administer the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). 

Members of the group are Chair Danny Smith, Mayor Craig Mackle, Councillor Neil Pablecheque, Warren Gillberson; MBIE, Ata Kahu; Chair Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura, Darren Kerri Keepa, Neroli Gold, Lynette Buurman, Joe Van Rooyen and Gerald Nolan. 

The Project Lead is Chris Sturgeon and the Project Manager is Wendy Walker.

For more information on the project contact


Wakatu Quay Development

The development of Wakatu Quay will celebrate the strong cultural history and unique identity of this site while providing innovative opportunities for economic growth, sustainable employment and expansion and community gathering spaces.

Leading New Zealand architectural practice Warren and Mahoney has been appointed the designers of the Kaikōura, Wakatu Quay development. Potential development may include a hospitality, tourism/activity operator, community gathering points, space to play/fish/walk and education facilities. 

Wakatu Quay Development expressions of interest from investors and potential tenants has now closed. However for access to the Wakatu Quay Development - Investment and Tenancy Opportunities campaign that was used click here.

Wakatu Quay Concept DesignsClick this link
Want to know more? Download our Frequently asked Questions here
What do you think of the concept design? Click here to let us know what you think
What is the timeline? Download the Wakatu Quay Timeline here

South Bay Harbour and Marina Business Case

The Kaikōura Marine Development Programme is now at the concept design phase for the business case development of the South Bay Harbour/Marina Development. The potential development of a Marina and Harbour will celebrate the strong cultural history and unique identity of the South Bay while improving the access and usability of the area for everyone to enjoy.

Community members were invited to offer suggestions for the potential development of South Bay Harbour/Marina. 75 suggestions were received and Craig Hutchison was the winner of the competition to go on a local fishing charter with Fish Kaikōura. The feedback and ideas will be incorporated into the business case that is due for submission to the Government in early 2022. 


Updates and more information

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17/01/2020 Media Release - $10.98million of Provincial Growth Funding Announced for Kaikōura

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

03/12/2020 Media Release - Wakatu Quay opens to the public in time for summer season

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

12/07/2021 Media Release - Architects approved for Wakatu Quay development

06/10/2021 Media Release - $20M Wakatu Quay Development

04/04/2022 Media Release - Kaikōura Marine Development Programme Wakatu Quay Update


27 October 2021