Mapua is becoming an increasingly popular hot spot with thousands of people checking out the redeveloped area every day.
Tasman District Council counted people going to the wharf on several days in late December and January.
The Council recorded about 7500 pedestrian movements (people both entering and exiting) in the wharf precinct on December 28, almost 9000 on January 2 and about 6400 on January 17.
Moutere-Waimea Ward Councillor Brian Ensor says the numbers far exceeded expectations.
“It’s been an extremely popular spot for both locals and visitors to the region over the summer so far, and I think it shows Shed 4 has added even more vibrancy and appeal to the beautiful Mapua waterfront.”
The Council’s Shed 4 development opened in mid-December, adding a further six retailers to the existing cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops.
Brian says Tasman’s Great Taste Trail had also added to numbers in the area, and it was great to see the community using the new Waterfront Park for picnics and leisure.
Brian says the Council was still working with the Mapua Boat Club to consider alternative boat ramp access. Vehicle access to the Mapua Wharf is restricted, with no vehicles permitted between 10 am and 7 pm daily.
“With the numbers of pedestrians using the wharf area it is just not safe for vehicles to be driving in and out,” says Brian.
“The boat club has raised some different options with us for alternative launching spots and we’ll be working through all of those with them.”
Brian says there were plans to provide improved parking near the wharf to meet some of the extra demand being experienced. “We expect that work to be completed this year, once the peak season is over.”
Shed 4 is part of a wider development plan for the Mapua waterfront. The next phase of the Council’s development will see landscaping of the wharf precinct completed this year and other improvements on Aranui Road.