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.


Latest news

The bridge is being prefabricated at Rea Engineering in Westport. Work will start on site late-May with the aim to finish construction by the end of 2021.

A public meeting will held on Thursday 20 May at 6pm at the Clocktower in Westport. At this presentation Council staff and contractors will give an update about the project. All welcome to come along.

Read the latest Westport Waterfront The Riverbank – Project Newsletter May 2021


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



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