Outdoor pursuits centre in Kinloch
Resource consents and design coordination for Hillary Outdoors' new outdoor education and pursuits centre, based on rigorous and sustainable design.
Hillary Outdoors is a charitable trust that provides outdoor education, primarily to young people. More and more people want to participate in outdoor education and pursuits experiences, so Hillary Outdoors asked us to help them develop and get resource consent for a new centre in Kinloch, Taupō. The consent was granted, and as soon as they can secure funding, construction will begin.
The future Kinloch Centre will have residential accommodation for younger students so they can get their first taste of outdoor education and pursuits in and around the Kinloch area. The goal is that the centre will:
How we helped
We worked alongside the Hillary Outdoors team and with technical experts (wastewater disposal, transport, noise, and contaminated sites) to obtain two resource consents; one from the Waikato Regional Council for onsite wastewater disposal, and one from the Taupō District Council for land use.
The Lake Taupō catchment area has pretty tight restrictions regarding the discharge of nitrogen. In order to service the new centre's wastewater disposal needs, we had to transfer an additional nitrogen discharge allowance to the site. We worked with a very generous local farmer (who donated the additional nitrogen allowance) and the local Waikato Regional Council team to ensure that the small amount of additional nitrogen required was transferred to the site.
We are excited to see this winning project get underway and we’re very proud to have been involved. Helping more young people explore the outdoors is gold, we think. And doing it from a centre that is built on sustainability really lines up with our values.