Restored Onehunga Foreshore, Auckland

Onehunga Foreshore Restoration / Taumanu Reserve, Auckland


Fulton Hogan, for Auckland Council (Parks, Sport and Recreation)



This high quality project delivered a public open-space and a coastal amenity area within the Manukau Harbour. 

The project was intended to restore the natural character of the foreshore - which had been bisected by State Highway 20 in the 1970s - and to reconnect the community to the coast.

Key elements of the project were:

  • A new 6.8ha of new park land
  • A new 1.3km pedestrian and cycle way
  • A pedestrian and cycle bridge over SH20 - connecting Onehunga Bay Reserve to the foreshore
  • Three new sandy beaches
  • Six gravel and shell pocket beaches
  • A new boat ramp
  • New park amenities

This project, recently named by local iwi as Taumanu Reserve, is New Zealand’s largest ever recreational reclamation. It has received praise from local and central government for its design and delivery and, more importantly, from the local community of Onehunga which was instrumental in creating the momentum required to start the project.

Services provided:

  • Design management
  • Project management (consenting phase)
  • RMA planning
  • Stakeholder management and consultation
  • Civil design
  • Pavements design
  • Structural design
  • Coastal processes assessment and plan form design
  • Coastal structures design
  • Earthworks and geometric design
  • Cycleway design
  • Stormwater design
  • Geotechnical design and liquefaction assessment
  • Geotechnical monitoring
  • Contaminated land assessments
  • Construction supervision
  • Marine and terrestrial ecology




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