Skip to main content

Ōrewa seawall

We are building a 600m seawall and shared path in Ōrewa, between Marine View and Kohu Street.

Erosion in Ōrewa

Ōrewa Beach has a variety of challenging erosion issues. It is one of Auckland’s highest priority at-risk coastal areas.

The Orewa Beach Esplanade Enhancement Programme (OBEEP), initially identified the section between Kohu Street and Marine View as the area of highest risk.

This assessment was based on:

  • progressive erosion of the narrow width of esplanade reserve which provides public access along this section of Orewa Beach
  • the need to improve access onto the beach for a range of users.   

About the Ōrewa seawall

The Ōrewa seawall is designed to manage the impacts of erosion, while allowing access along and on to the beachfront.

It will be a grouted rock wall and will include:

  • access ramps
  • stairs to the beach
  • a restored dune area adjacent to Kinloch Reserve.

A new concrete shared path will generally follow the seawall, linking park areas, to the north and south.

The budget for this project is $14 million.

What has been done to date

Resource consent via the Environment Court was granted in August 2020.

This was achieved with funding from Hibiscus and Bays Local Board's One Local Initiative.

Construction was delayed due to:

  • COVID-19
  • funding challenges.

Seawall timeline

The following timeline has been planned, although final dates may change based on the upcoming 2023 annual budget:

  • February 2023: ground investigations.
  • February 2023 to March 2024: detailed design and tendering.
  • April 2024 to October 2024: construction of stage 1.
  • April 2025 to October 2025: construction of stage 2.

Construction will take place during winter, and in two stages to avoid the busy summer period.

Seawall newsletter

Future projects

Future development is also planned for the southern part of the Ōrewa beachfront, near the surf club.

This is a separate project and updates will follow in February/March 2023.

We will invite you to have your say on this work when more detailed assessments and design has been completed.

Contact us

Email for further information and to register for project updates.

 Related topics



Projects in north Auckland in north AucklandWe are working with the community to protect our streams and wildlife in north Auckland.aspxProjects
Weiti Wild-Link Wild-LinkWeiti Wild-Link's focus is to enhance the Weiti River environment to nurture native wildlife.aspxBiodiversity Projects
Greenslade Reserve upgrade Reserve upgradeFind out about the redevelopment of Greenslade Reserve, which will reduce flood risk and improve recreation facilities in Northcote.aspx
Milford town centre stormwater project town centre stormwater project Work on the Milford stormwater network upgrade is now complete. Find out more about what we have achieved.aspxProjects
Transformation of Hurstmere Road in Takapuna of Hurstmere Road in TakapunaWe have upgraded Hurstmere Road and created an open, modern and lively beachside destination in the heart of Takapuna.aspx