In line with the aspirations and mandate of the Waikato Tainui’s, 2050 strategic vision for this site, the proposed master plan and associated buildings seek to establish Hopuhopu (the site) as the administrative / commercial, social, recreational and tribal knowledge hub for Waikato Tainui (approx. 60,000 people).
This 137 hectare site is bounded on the north and west by the Waikato River and is flanked by the Hakarimata Ranges to the west. To the north of the site lies Mt. Taupiri, a culturally significant mountain to the people of Tainui and is home to the tribe’s sacred burial ground.
Proposed functions as part of the brief include: Tribal Parliament /Administration and Media Centre; Sports and Leisure Centre; River Centre and Gallery; Waka Marina complete with stage and River Terrace for events and river based festivals, as well as a Carving School / Workshop and Café.