Rotorua Lakefront Development

Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist hotspots, with Lake Rotorua a key attraction. In 2019, Rotorua Lakes Council proposed a complete redevelopment of the lakefront to modernise it and transform the area into a world-class destination.

HEB Construction was awarded a $15 million contract for Stages 1 and 1a of the project, which encompasses a few key milestones:

  • Demolition of the existing waka house.

  • Relevelling and earthworks, including reclamation and declamation.

  • Construction of a boardwalk, lake retaining walls and terracing.

  • Installation of new lighting amenities and park furniture.

  • General landscaping and beautification.

Given the Rotorua lakefront is the lifeblood of the city’s CBD, there were some important considerations to take into account for this project. This included allowing for ongoing public use of the area, in addition to vehicle access. The council also requested that HEB deliver and open a completed area of works for early public viewing, which is on-track for completion mid-May 2021.


There are ecological benefits to the lake works as well. Improvements to the quality of the lakebed, the formation of nurseries and construction of the boardwalk itself will help protect and enhance the local kōura - or crayfish - population, a taonga species under threat from predators.