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Mārahau Abel Tasman Coast Track Terminus Upgrade

Opening physical and visual connections to add natural beauty to a coastal walk entranceway

  • $95K

    Project Cost

  • 35K

    Visitors Annually

  • Mārahau, New Zealand

    Mārahau, New Zealand

Welcoming park visitors with a design that acknowledges and respects the environment and indigenous heritage

Abel Tasman National Park welcomes approximately 35,000 visitors annually. Located on traditional Māori land, it was important that a renewed Mārahau Terminus, gateway to the park acknowledge and reflect indigenous heritage of the site.

We prepared designs and received consent for replacing the old terminus structure with an outdoor seating area, trail extension, and reconfiguration of the carpark. Artwork installations included our design for hoe (paddles) alongside an existing boardwalk. Our landscape architects prepared a detailed planting plan for the entire site that incorporated plants traditionally used by Māori. Our transport team designed access roads, carparking, and a helipad, while our water engineers solved stormwater, drainage and inground challenges. Imbuing designs with cultural significance was paramount. Iwi (Māori kinship group) designed patterns on the waharoa (entranceway), pou whenua (land marker) and hoe, the total concept being grounded in Mārahau.

We were proud to partner with Gowans Walters & Associates, who designed the new terminus structure. By reallocating spaces, reusing and enhancing existing structures, and involving the iwi, we helped the Department of Conservation create an environmentally and culturally sensitive space.

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  • Department of Conservation
  • Gowans Walters & Associates
Gowans Walters & Associates
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Kirstie Thorpe, Senior Principal Landscape Architect/Urban Design

I weave threads of landscape together and incorporate their values into infrastructure projects.
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Kirstie Thorpe

Senior Principal Landscape Architect/Urban Design

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