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Hobbs Bay marina plan sparks local interest

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Staff Reporter

16 May 2024, 5:48 AM

Hobbs Bay marina plan sparks local interestProposed marina to boost boating access

Hopper Developments has submitted an application to the Ministry of the Environment to fast-track approval for a proposed marina at Hobbs Bay.

The application includes preliminary planning information but lacks detailed designs for the marina project.

Hopper Developments, recognising a need for additional boating facilities on the Hibiscus Coast, aims to alleviate the current shortfall.

According to their research, there are significant delays in trailer boat access for both launching and retrieval, causing frustration among local boaters.

"Our proposal is designed to alleviate some of this frustration and help address the existing undersupply," a Hopper Developments spokesperson said.

The company sees the Hobbs Bay area as a potential premium coastal community.

Construction is currently underway on the first stage of lots at Hobbs Bay Estate.

This development includes 88 large residential lots, ranging from 700 to 2000 square metres.

The estate will feature reserve areas, a children's playground, public beach access, and the restoration of the historic Hobbs homestead into a café.

Hopper Developments has outlined plans for a future marina that would include a public beach and boat ramp.

They note that expanding with a marina development will become more challenging once the Hobbs Bay Estate subdivision is completed.

They believe such opportunities are rare, with few other suitable locations for a marina in the Auckland region.

"We believe boating is integral to the quintessential Kiwi lifestyle of coastal living, and we understand that there is a responsibility on developers like us to fulfil the needs of our community to recreate on the water," the spokesperson added.

"In this case, the wonderful Hauraki Gulf playground is just on the other side of the boat ramp."

Hobbs Bay Estate.

Located on Whangaparaoa Peninsula, the development promises to blend residential lots with the natural beauty of the area.

The site offers cliff-top views stretching across the Waitemata Harbour to the iconic Sky Tower.

Hopper Developments is committed to preserving the rich history of the land.

The Heritage Homestead, built in 1861 by banker and ship’s captain Ranulph Dacre, will be restored and converted into a café.

This historic landmark will serve as a central point for the community, providing a space for residents and visitors to connect and enjoy the area.

In addition to the marina and residential lots, the development will include lush recreational reserves, playgrounds, patches of native bush, and public access to Hobbs Bay Beach.

The application by Hopper Developments marks a significant step in enhancing local infrastructure and boosting community recreation on the water.

With the completion of the Hobbs Bay Estate and potential future marina, the development aims to create a harmonious blend of community, heritage, and natural beauty.