• Client
  • Tupare Farms Ltd

  • Address
  • Tuparekura Road South Head

  • Budget
  • Civil Construction of $3.1M

Tupare Peninsula


Tupare Peninsula is located in South Kaipara Heads on the shores of the Kaipara Harbour. The original farm was 250 hectares of pasture, rushes, stands of native bush and degraded wetlands.  Initially the proposal involved the creation 28 rural residential sites through the protection of the native wetland and the native bush.  During the subdivision process an opportunity arose to purchase the adjacent 75 hectare farm, expanding the development to 35 sites and further allowing for the protection of the sites ecological features.

Tupare Peninsula is now a community formed from the development rights resulting from the protection of its natural wetland and native bush. It boasts a picturesque lake with abundant birdlife, stunning views over the harbour along with countryside and recreational facilities shared by the community.

Unique Challenges

Tupare Peninsula involved complex land acquisitions resulting in complicated staging and consenting.  The site was home to a number of important archaeological features requiring consultation with the project archaeologist, local iwi, council and the Historic Places Trust along with negotiating access to a landlocked site owned by iwi.

The development required over 1.2 km of new road and 2.6km of new concrete driveways to access the house sites.  Stromwater run off from the paved areas was collected, detained and treated using low impact design and stormwater ponds prior to discharge to the harbour.  A community owned coastal boat ramp was designed and constructed and all of the relevant coastal and regional consents were obtained.

Over 42,000m3 of general and land stabilising earthworks were undertaken to facilitate the development.

How we assisted

Cato Bolam was instrumental in obtaining the multiple Local Council Land Use and Subdivision Consents, Regional Council Land Use; Stormwater Discharge, Effluent Disposal and Coastal Consents together with a Historic Places Trust Consent.  Ecological assessments were carried out by Cato Bolam’s ecologist on the wetland and bush which formed the basis of the development rights.

Cato Bolam provided full engineering design, requested and let the construction tenders along with providing on site construction observation and project management services to the project.  Rounding off the process Cato Bolam produced land transfer and as built plans and managed the sign off of the Subdivision Consent conditions allowing titles to be released.