Draft OARC Regeneration Plan - 3: Horseshoe Lake Reach

A close up of a person weaving harakeke

Waikākāriki/Horseshoe Lake was a significant site of Ngāi Tahu settlement Te Oranga, which is culturally important as wāhi tapu to manawhenua.

The restoration of wetlands, ponds and natural ecosystems will be carried out in the northern parts of the Reach.

An activity area in the middle of the Reach provides for a concentration of larger-scale buildings that integrate with surrounding, predominantly natural landscape. Buildings outside the activity area should sit within a largely open space and landscaped setting. Larger buildings that dominate and do not integrate with the landscape setting would not be appropriate.

A road and bridge connecting Breezes Road and New Brighton Road could improve connectivity between the eastern suburbs and the remainder of the city.

A diagram of key linkages, landings and activity areas in the Horsehoe Lake Reach

In addition to ecological restoration and habitat creation, there are opportunities for community-based urban forms, market gardens, ecotourism and cultural experiences, recreation, camping and education. Community, education and culturally based activities, founded on the principles of kaitiakitanga, tikanga, traditional ecological knowledge and practices, kāinga nohoanga and ki uta ki tai, would enable Ngāi Tahu to reaffirm their enduring relationship and cultural association with this locality.

Edge housing adjacent to the Horseshoe Lake Reach would enable passive surveillance of the surrounding landscape, improving safety and visibility of the river corridor.


Summary of the concept for the area

  • Character: Food and Culture
  • Opportunities: food and food production, ecotourism and cultural experiences, recreation destinations, camping, education, trial and edge housing.
  • Change from residential character (pre-earthquakes) to predominantly natural character through ecological restoration and habitat creation in northern parts of the Reach.
  • 88-hectare area.
  • Close to The Palms shopping mall.
  • Connection through New Brighton Road.
  • Good agricultural soils.
  • Development of activity area around New Brighton Road with higher concentrations of built form and activities.
  • Improved connection between eastern suburbs and the rest of the city with a new eastwest road bridge.

Waikākāriki/Horseshoe Lake was a significant site of Ngāi Tahu settlement Te Oranga, which is culturally important as wāhi tapu to manawhenua.

The restoration of wetlands, ponds and natural ecosystems will be carried out in the northern parts of the Reach.

An activity area in the middle of the Reach provides for a concentration of larger-scale buildings that integrate with surrounding, predominantly natural landscape. Buildings outside the activity area should sit within a largely open space and landscaped setting. Larger buildings that dominate and do not integrate with the landscape setting would not be appropriate.

A road and bridge connecting Breezes Road and New Brighton Road could improve connectivity between the eastern suburbs and the remainder of the city.

A diagram of key linkages, landings and activity areas in the Horsehoe Lake Reach

In addition to ecological restoration and habitat creation, there are opportunities for community-based urban forms, market gardens, ecotourism and cultural experiences, recreation, camping and education. Community, education and culturally based activities, founded on the principles of kaitiakitanga, tikanga, traditional ecological knowledge and practices, kāinga nohoanga and ki uta ki tai, would enable Ngāi Tahu to reaffirm their enduring relationship and cultural association with this locality.

Edge housing adjacent to the Horseshoe Lake Reach would enable passive surveillance of the surrounding landscape, improving safety and visibility of the river corridor.


Summary of the concept for the area

  • Character: Food and Culture
  • Opportunities: food and food production, ecotourism and cultural experiences, recreation destinations, camping, education, trial and edge housing.
  • Change from residential character (pre-earthquakes) to predominantly natural character through ecological restoration and habitat creation in northern parts of the Reach.
  • 88-hectare area.
  • Close to The Palms shopping mall.
  • Connection through New Brighton Road.
  • Good agricultural soils.
  • Development of activity area around New Brighton Road with higher concentrations of built form and activities.
  • Improved connection between eastern suburbs and the rest of the city with a new eastwest road bridge.