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Plan to revitalise geothermal reserve

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017

The plan to enhance Auckland's only geothermal reserve will be released for public feedback on May 1.

The Parakai Recreation Reserve draft management plan sets out a plan for the 18.4 hectare reserve in the township, 43km northwest of Auckland.

It is well known for its hot springs, as geothermal water bubbles up naturally.

The draft plan, spanning 50 years, includes intentions to build new walking tracks, install community gardens, enhance native vegetation and build high-quality temporary holiday accommodation.

The reserve will also undergo a name change to Kaipatiki, the original Maori name for the land.

Chairwoman of the Parakai Recreation Reserve Board, Margaret Kawharu, says the reserve is known for its hot pool complex but the draft plan would unlock its "historical and cultural prominence".

The area was first declared a recreation reserve in 1883.

Public submissions will be accepted on the plan until June 16.

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