City Council owned Paraparaumu beachfront land sold to hotel and apartment developer

These Marine Parade lots at Paraparaumu Beach were purchased by the Kāpiti Coast District Council for $1.43 million in 2019. (File photo)

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These Marine Parade lots at Paraparaumu Beach were purchased by the Kāpiti Coast District Council for $1.43 million in 2019. (File photo)

Two beachfront plots in Paraparaumu have been sold to a hotel and apartment developer.

The Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) purchased the two common plots at 26-29 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach for $1.43 million in 2019.

They have now been sold to Safari Group Limited who plan to build a mixed-use development on the site, including a 46-bedroom hotel.

George Hickton, chairman of the Kāpiti Coast Tourism Advisory Board, said the sale would enhance and activate visitor potential for the area.

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The launch site for boats heading for Kapiti Island in the distance at Paraparaumu Beach on the Kapiti coast.  The view near the site of the planned Kāpiti Gateway building.  (File photo)

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The launch site for boats heading for Kapiti Island in the distance at Paraparaumu Beach on the Kapiti coast. The view near the site of the planned Kāpiti Gateway building. (File photo)

The lack of commercial accommodation was a “real pain” for the district’s growing tourist economy, he said.

“People looking to come for a weekend to experience our neighborhood have limited options when it comes to places to stay.”

The hotel development would enhance Paraparaumu’s waterfront and enhance the area’s atmosphere, Hickton said.

Darryn Grant, director of strategic development for the council, also said the sale was in line with KCDC’s strategy to grow tourism in the region.

Road projects like Transmission Gully have opened up the district to other areas, he said.

“The beach is a great entry point into the neighborhood [along with the] parks and shops. One of the things that has become apparent is the need for accommodation.

Hickton said preparation of Kāpiti for more tourists was underway.

“With landmark projects like Te Uruhi to open up access to Kāpiti Island and planned improvements to Maclean Park, it’s a vote of confidence in what Kāpiti has to offer both New Zealanders and visitors from all over the world.”

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Te Uruhi is the council’s $4.6 million gateway center project at Paraparaumu Beach that will provide biosecurity screening for visitors to Kāpiti Island and will include a gift shop, cafe and restaurant. bar.

Grant said the project was an example of value-added experiences offered in the region that would create jobs and strengthen the economy.

Settlement of the sale is scheduled for June 9, with any development on the site subject to relevant approvals.

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