195 hectares has been reserved for the logistics precinct with 32 hectares dedicated to the inland hub. Logistics and warehousing will be located adjacent to the inland hub, reducing both time and money to move containers. A ready supply of land and labour provide significant cost advantages compared to Auckland and Tauranga.
Freight matching by loading and unloading at the same location provides efficiencies while at the same time economies of scale will be delivered through logistics businesses clustering around the inland hub. A resilient supply chain is achieved with direct connections to the Ports of Auckland and Tauranga by rail and road.
Once fully operational this precinct will have the capacity to process 1 million TEU (20ft shipping containers) per year. Ports of Auckland and Tauranga combined currently both process approximately 1,700,000 TEU per year. The common user facility will offer opportunities for smaller operators to rent plant and equipment without the requirement of owning a distribution centre.
The logistics precinct will be a secure gated area providing best practice border security including provision for Ministry for Primary Industries and New Zealand Customs facilities. Privately owned roads will allow overweight loads to be transported within the Logistics precinct.
Adjacent to the logistics precinct will be a state-of-the-art industrial park, with the very best in design, technology, infrastructure and facilities. A wide range of high quality buildings will be located in this mixed-use area. Covering approximately 262 hectares, this area is zoned for light industry.
The size of the zone ensures it is future proofed, with enough land to cater for 30 plus years of growth. Industrial land prices in this area are significantly lower than Auckland and Tauranga. With excellent transport connections, Ruakura is the ideal location for industrial businesses whether they are servicing the international, regional or local markets.
The knowledge and innovation precinct at Ruakura covers 108 hectares and already includes the Agricultural Research Centre (AgResearch) and Waikato Innovation Park. The University of Waikato is immediately adjacent to this precinct and these three organisations anchor a significant knowledge and innovation cluster.
At the North of Ruakura is 138 hectares set aside for residential development. This precinct will become home to 1,800 mixed density residential properties. Free standing and townhouse style properties will provide a quality lifestyle with landscaped green spaces. Cycleways and walkways will connect the precincts.
A road network will directly connect the precinct to the rest of the city and residents will enjoy a short commute to the CBD, The Base and Chartwell shopping centres. Quality development is guaranteed with strict covenants in place. Hamilton’s median house prices are 40% lower, and median section prices are 50% lower than metropolitan Auckland.
Convenient access to all amenities is a key component of the Ruakura master plan. There will be three retail areas; one in the learn precinct, one adjacent to the Ruakura Interchange and one to the north in the residential area. The largest retail space will be in the learn precinct which is intended to be anchored by a supermarket.
Other likely tenants include apparel retailers, restaurants, bars and cafés, bakeries, medical services, real estate and business supplies. The Expressway service centre will be adjacent to the Ruakura interchange and will house fast food and drive-through outlets and vehicle related services. The retail centre in the north will include cafes, dairies, and other convenience retail outlets to serve the local community.
Over 10% of the whole Ruakura site has been set aside as public open space. This equates to 60+ hectares, transitioning different zones with reserves and recreational amenities. The key green spaces will be connected with cycleways and walkways, forming a ‘green spine’ to allow for safer pedestrian and cycle access.
Native plantings will feature throughout the open space area and be integrated with the swales and linear wetlands, which will provide stormwater and ecological functions.