Two-million-dollar watersports facility now open

Damon Plimmer blessing of the building

The stunning $2 million water sports facility on Lake Wānaka’s foreshore has opened to the public. 

The official opening involved a Maori Blessing and speeches, and representatives were on hand to explain the asset. Wānaka Watersports Facility (WWSF) is a community project with charitable status that provides a lakeshore base for watersports. 

Watersports groups already involved with the project include kayaking, multi-sport, rowing and swimming clubs, however the facility is not restricted to clubs and is available to the public on a ‘user pay’ basis. 

Changing areas, showers, toilets, lockers, boat storage and a gym is on offer to all lake users. 

Two public toilets and several bike racks can also be found along the west exterior wall. 

The building is clad with cedar and corten—materials said to ensure empathy with Wānaka’s natural autumn colours.


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