Buller District Council

Westport Waterfront The Riverbank project  

Westport Waterfront’s The Riverbank project is the revitalisation of the current industrial area between the Buller River and the town centre. It forms part of the Westport master plan and features the “Toki Poutangata” bridge over the existing railway line. The bridge allows people to easily transition from the main street to a new riverbank space in a safe way. This is the first significant step in Westport turning to face the river, our town’s greatest natural asset.

The “Toki Poutangata” bridge
The jewel in The Riverbank project is the “Toki Poutangata” bridge. As well as connecting the town centre to the river, it will also provide linkage to the Kawatiri Coastal Trail and complement the Pounamu Pathway concept, enabling our community and visitors alike to enjoy active transport and recreation opportunities in Westport.

The name chosen for the bridge “Toki Poutangata” (or Toki for short),  describes a ceremonial adze of chiefly authority, and consists of a pounamu blade lashed to an elaborately carved handle. This styling has been carried through into the truss design of the bridge structure, with its distinctive tapered shape and green colour, drawing focus to the Buller river. The concept has support from local iwi Ngāti Waewae. It represents strength, mana, bravery and triumph, all traits and characteristics synonymous with the Buller district.


The preliminary design is currently going through the consenting process. Next steps will be bridge procurement followed by on-site construction expected to begin early next year. The project will be completed within the next 12 months


FAQ’s The Riverside Stage 3 (30.2MB)
Media Release – Westport Waterfront – The Riverbank project (featuring the “Toki Poutangata” bridge)


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