The Nelson Marina Masterplan


This is a favourite project of WARDALE that we have focused on for twelve months. It involves the regeneration of a marine hub for the upper South Island that incorporates marina berthage, marine services, recreational opportunities for the public, economic development, employment and more.


It has been technically challenging, and the community of water users have positively embraced the oportunity to work together with Nelson City Council to develop this improved space with impressive sustainability initiatives too. It allows for sea level rise and inundation, a new fuel pier, and also a proposed locaton for a new sea sports centre and public promenade.


The Masterplan includes:

  • a new waterfront promenade for walking and cycling to welcome the community to the Marina and a revitalised pocket park;

  • new café and food and beverage premises with views of the marina;

  • reconfiguration of the public boat ramp area to address congestion and safer launching of powered vessels;

  • possible location for a new Sea Sports Centre for clubs using non-powered vessels located at the northern end of Akersten Street;

  • additional marina car parking;

  • improved marina infrastructure;

  • a dedicated fuel pier for the marina;

  • a future-proofed and nationally competitive marina hardstand and new boat hoist to cater for the region’s vessel maintenance needs;

  • a new Marine Service Centre which will integrate with the expanded hardstand and support development of a marine industry cluster;

  • reconfiguration of marina berths to meet excess demand for larger berths;

  • plans for future marina extension to increase berth numbers to meet demand over a 40 year horizon; and

  • long term plans for a dry stack for efficient storage of trailer




Pictured: Phil Wardale of WARDALE addressing one of two public meeting where over 150 marina users and members of the public came to have an introduction to the Nelson Marina Masterplan. The community has until the 20th July to provide their feedback via Marina Masterplan Engagement | Shape Nelson.