Kia ora & welcome to Durham Precinct...

Nestled under the Hakarimata ranges, and at the pinnacle of the Waikato and Waipā rivers, lies Ngāruawāhia. A vibrant little town with a rich culture and history. Durham Precinct is the hub connecting people with place.

A space of Fusion

Durham Precinct infuses our local histories (Māori and colonial) and Ngāruawāhia culture of manaakitanga, arts, collective well-being and people, with a modern mix of innovation that our town can offer within the Waikato, in New Zealand and share internationally.

Once home to a shoe factory, blacksmiths, butchers and traders, we are regrowing Durham Precinct into an environment that is vibrant in activity through design, accessibility and interactive spaces for:

  • Retail Trade
  • Professional Services (Technical, Real Estate, Financial, Health and Well-being etc)
  • Experiential/Tourism Services
  • Exceptional Food
Photo courtesy of Alexander Turnbull library
Photo courtesy of Alexander Turnbull library

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Located at the heart of the local natural attractions

Durham Precinct is in close proximity to the Waikato River, the Waipā River and the Point reserve, as well as the renowned parliamentary house of the Kiingitanga, Tūrangawaewae House. The Precinct is easily accessible from Te Awa Cycleway along the Waikato River, as well as directly adjacent to both North and South bus stops and for commuters along Great South Road (ex State Highway 1) and on the main truck line for the developing commuter rail link. The Waikato River has been identified by Hamilton and Waikato Tourism as one of five key focus areas in their Tourism Opportunities Plan and will be branded over the next 10 years as the Mighty Waikato River.

Another feature in Ngāruawāhia is the Hākarimata ranges and its numerous enjoyable walkways. The Precinct is also on route to the most frequently used Hākarimata walkway (every Fitness Buff's favourite spot) on Brownlee Street. Close to 300,000 visitors [1] use this walkway annually, with many coming from Hamilton.  The Precinct provides the ideal stopover space for visitors and locals alike to spend some time enjoying what Ngāruawāhia has to offer, great food, refreshments, entertainment and a spot of shopping (coming soon).

[1] According to Waikato Times report https://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/101465750/Waikato-tourism-heading-to-new-heights


A place to stop where the Waikato and Waipā Rivers meet

The Precinct provides a place to visit, stop and spend time, with the Waikato and Waipā Rivers nearby and supporting activities at the Point Reserve and the Hākarimata Ranges. The Precinct is a link for cyclists, walkers, boaters, and visitors to the Ngāruawāhia retail and business hub. Businesses within, and visitors to Durham Precinct use the pedestrian linkages to the Ngāruawāhia town centre and businesses and is also only a short walk or cycle to many other local attractions.

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We have beautifully appointed spaces within Durham Precinct for professional offices and retailers....

A vibrant looking business space

Appeal and appearance is an important component in creating and maintaining a vibrant business space.  Durham Precinct will include improved paving and new planter boxes along the footpath/street edge of Durham Street and the road frontage will be maintained to a high standard.   Also a pedestrian-cyclist friendly and shared space is envisioned, where it is hoped that over time, the link between the Point Reserve and Durham Precinct will be achieved through a cycle pathway between the two.

 

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