New wave park announced for Auckland’s north shore

Surfing is ready for Aucklanders, with the announcement that a new wave park is coming to the city’s north shore.

The multimillion-dollar project is scheduled to begin construction later this year and features a world-class training facility, a surf school, as well as restaurants and accommodation.

It was announced today to a room full of surfers and stakeholders, and everyone, including the city’s mayor, was eager to get out in the middle of it.

Located inland at Dairy Flat, the new wave park from global surf park developers Aventuur will take advantage of a soon-to-be-built Spark data center to keep the waves nice and warm.

Aventuur spokesman Trevor McKewen said the surf park was a world first.

“We have a seven-hectare solar park that will generate renewable energy that will be used by the data center,” he said.

“Excess heat from the data center will then be channeled into the surf pool to heat it, which, as New Zealand surfers will tell you, is a blessing.

“There is no other group in the world that has done this.”

A mock-up of the facilities planned for the wave park, supplied to RNZ.

McKewen said the project was a huge undertaking.

“Most things are often cited as a $100 million project, that’s what pools are all about.

“That’s just the group part, it doesn’t include the elements of Spark’s contribution or what they’re doing with the data center,” McKewen said.

“It’s a huge, huge project, not just for Auckland, but for New Zealand.”

The surf park received resource consent, meaning everything was possible for those who wanted to participate.

Several famous faces attended the reveal, including professional surfers Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan and Glenn ‘Micro Hall.

Paris Olympic surfing representative Billy Stairmand was also there, just weeks before leaving for Tahiti for the games.

“It’s only three weeks away; we’ll fly in three weeks,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge, it’s a big, intense and scary wave, but again I believe I have the ability to beat anyone and hopefully bring a medal home to New Zealand.”

He said the park was an exciting opportunity for New Zealand surfers.

“I think it’s a great opportunity not only for the development of surfing and the next generation of competitive surfers, but also for surfing in general.”

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown, a passionate surfer, agreed.

“It’s a fantastic addition to what we already have,” he said.

“There are a lot of benefits to building the data center and using the wasted water; it sends a lot of good messages. I love it, it’s a great thing.”

Addressing the crowd, Brown said the surf park would mean no additional costs to taxpayers.

“I supported this proposal because it offers local employment and business opportunities at a scale where Auckland can play a role in the recovery of the tourism industry and, best of all, it didn’t cost taxpayers a penny.”

However, those who want to enjoy fully tubular waves will have to hang-10, as the park is expected to open in the summer of 2026, or the following year.

By Finn Blackwell of

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