Programme summary

What we’re doing

We’re working with developers, mana whenua, central government and other partners to create a more vibrant and prosperous central city for all of us.

Why we’re doing it

These developments will help reshape our central city, creating a connected, welcoming and diverse place that reflects our identity, anticipates our future, promotes creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and celebrates our connection to the mighty Waikato River.

They’ll improve our connection between the Waikato River and the city, provide a vibrant centre for people to live, work, meet, dine and play.

Council are involved in the following developments with a range of partners, but there are a number of other exciting developments underway throughout the central city that will contribute to making it a place people love to be.

These projects will

  • Improve connections between the awa and the city

  • Provide a vibrant centre for people to live, work, meet, dine and play

  • Develop spaces that will help us to prosper and grow sustainably

242-266 Victoria Street development

This 2000m2 site sits directly next to the thriving Victoria on the River precinct, and is a key connection between the central city and the Waikato River. Hamilton City Council has signed a conditional agreement to sell properties at 242-254 Victoria Street. Council will retain the land and building at 260-266 Victoria Street, which will be developed into public space extending the footprint of VOTR.


Read more about the high-end hotel coming to Hamilton's central city

We’re creating:

  • - a high-quality, vibrant, multi-storey, mixed-use development connected to the riverside
  • - hospitality and retail spaces that enable businesses to thrive
  • - residences that offer modern apartment living with river and city outlooks
  • - a commercially viable development that reflects market demand.
242 266 Victoria Street development
Waikato Regional Theatre v2

Waikato Regional Theatre

We’re proudly partnering with the Waikato Regional Property Trust to bring Hamilton a world class, multi-purpose performing arts centre.

The new theatre will be our ‘centre stage’, where we celebrate the spirit of human creativity, welcome the world's best live performance, tell our stories, and share our own particular sense of identity and community.

Located at the south end of Victoria Street and next to Embassy Park, the theatre will feature a 1300-seat auditorium with circle balconies and flexible staging. It will be able to host drama, kapa haka, orchestral concerts, rock, pop and rap gigs, musicals, ballet, opera and community ceremonies.


For construction progress click here

For more about the project and history click here


Waikato-based building company Engas Development is building Eastbank - 27 apartments on the corner of Anzac Parade, Memorial Drive and Puutikitiki Street – and we’re taking a one-off opportunity to create additional footpath width for the community.

Eastbank v2
Riff Raff

Embassy Park

To support the development of the Waikato Regional Theatre, Embassy Park will be closed until the Theatre opens. We're taking this opportunity to redevelop the park so when it reopens visitors will be treated to a new-look.

Upgrades to the park will further develop a sense of local identity and character, creating a place that is engaging to spend time in and caters to the needs of all people.


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Last updated 17 June 2024