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Our Waterfront

We are working to reclaim the waterfront for people. In doing this, we need to ensure our waterfront captures and expresses the essence of Tauranga’s identity in a bold and ambitious way.

We are working to reclaim the waterfront for people. In doing this, we need to ensure our waterfront captures and expresses the essence of Tauranga’s identity in a bold and ambitious way. The new tidal stairs, pier and pontoon on the waterfront are an example of this.

Our waterfront vision 

Our collective vision is to create a safe and vibrant city centre and waterfront. The following objectives were identified in 2008 for the Tauranga Waterfront:

  • A parkland setting that attracts people to the waterfront;
  • An iconic destination that celebrates the city’s connection to the water;
  • A comfortable place where families and friends can relax, play and picnic;
  • A safe place to be day and night;
  • A natural extension of the city centre, easy to get to and from by boat, bicycle, car or foot;
  • An interesting place to walk or cycle;
  • A versatile venue that will stand the test of time and will add value to the city.

Tidal Stairs, pier and pontoon – Stage 1

The new tidal stairs, pier and pontoon on the waterfront, which opened to the public in April 2017, was the first Access to Water project.

Coronation Pier – Stage 2

Historically, at the northern waterfront end of Wharf Street there was once a large wooden pier. It is no more. Stage 2 of our waterfront vision is to recreate a new town wharf at the end of Wharf Street for the community with commercial buildings, restaurants, cafes and berths.

This is still in the early discussion and vision stage, and we believe there is strong support from the
community and elected members to pursue this.


Last Reviewed: 11/04/2017

Tidal Stairs Construction - Stage 1 Gallery

Tidal Stairs Timelapse Video

Tidal stairs camera

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