89 hectares has been reserved for the logistics precinct with 30 hectares dedicated to the inland port. Adjacency of these facilities will save both time and money to move containers. A ready supply of land and labour provide significant cost advantages relative 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 the inland port will have the capacity to process 1 million TEU (20ft shipping containers) 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 facilities for Ministry of Primary Industries and New Zealand Customs. 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.
Ruakura 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 features 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 and section prices are significantly lower than metropolitan Auckland.
Ruakura will be a master planned community providing residents and workers with access to a wide range of amenities. This will include retail, with several modern and carefully curated retail precincts being proposed.
The service centre adjacent to the expressway will include cafes, restaurants and takeaway food along with other essential services.
Town centre type retailing is proposed adjacent to transportation hubs, serving the local community and commuter traffic and larger format retail (including supermarkets) are also included within the master plan for Ruakura.
Around 10% of Ruakura has been set aside as public open space offering transitioning between 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, to meet stormwater and ecological needs.