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City Centre Streetscape

Our city and the way we use our city centre spaces and places is changing. We are investing in the look and feel of the city centre streetscape and open spaces, and providing better connection to the waterfront.

We’re developing a Spatial Framework that will guide the look and feel of these areas.

Spatial Framework

The Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework is a commitment to the community about the look and feel of the city centre streetscape, open spaces and waterfront. It will seek to:

  • Put people first – the city centre’s public realm prioritises people and activity.
  • Create a city heart – an exciting, attractive and memorable city centre anchored by a range of civic amenities.
  • Connect to water - city centre and waterfront are reconnected by revealing historical associations, creating new connections and enabling access to water.
  • Create a distinctive identity – the city celebrates and reveals its unique Maori and European heritage and cultural identify and natural environment.
  • Be design conscious – the city demonstrates the value of good design.
  • Compact – the city centre is consolidated and intensified through the deliberate aggregations of activities and density.
  • Sustainable – the design of the city centre facilitates sustainable living choices such as inner city living, walking and cycling and use of public transport.
  • For living – new residents are attracted to the city as a place to live.
  • Internationally competitive – business innovation and quality of public realm increase Tauranga competitiveness internationally.

Streetscape Upgrades

We’ve identified some key city centre streets and open spaces in the heart of the city that will be upgraded during the next three years. The upgrade will follow the principles of the Spatial Framework with the final design reflecting each street’s own unique story. 

Durham Street, Durham Lane, Wharf Street east, Elizabeth Street east,The Strand Extension (beside Regional House) and Aspen Reserve are the priority streets.

Aspen Reserve 

We’ve chosen to invest in these areas first because of the recent and planned private and public sector development on them, and their ability to attract investment in the city centre and encourage more visitors and locals to the city centre.

Upgrading these streets will improve safety and offer a much better experience for pedestrians and road users. We will be engaging with the community throughout this project.

The Spatial Framework will guide the delivery of the $8m allocated in the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 for streetscape, open space and access to water.

Long Term Plan 2015-2025

What Durham Street could look like


Last Reviewed: 11/04/2017