Revitalising the Rotorua Lakefront.
The $40 million revitalisation of the Rotorua Lakefront creates a new relationship with the lake edge for future generations, a relationship that respects the lake and enhances the wairua and mauri of this shared cultural landscape. Its realisation represents ongoing progress towards Rotorua’s 2030 vision and re-establishes the landscape values of this national taonga.
Isthmus was commissioned to produce an ambitious master plan for this important, multi-year project. One that would tell Rotorua’s stories and presents its unique cultural identity in a high-quality environment, on a par with other internationally renowned waterfronts.
The master plan reflects a shared vision that is enriched by the generosity of shared knowledge, where Isthmus’role has been to listen and “give form to” the key principles provided.
These principles are embodied in the plan’s four key concepts;
1. Remake the Coast
2. Celebrate the Bay
3. Connect to the Town
4. Mark the History
Construction of the entire lakefront development is currently being undertaken in several stages to ensure the Lakefront Reserve always remains partly accessible. The first few stages, which feature the new boardwalk and terracing around the lake edge, will be completed and open to the public mid to late 2021.