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Tauriko for Tomorrow


Tauriko West, on the edge of Tauranga City, is the next proposed urban development to support our region’s growth, delivering an estimated 3,000 new dwellings from 2021

Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty continue to experience strong population growth and as a result, more land is needed for housing. We have identified Tauriko West as an ideal location to set up a new community and provide more residential housing to cater for this growth. 

Tauriko Tomorrow Aerial

The Tauriko for Tomorrow project is a collaboration between SmartGrowth partners Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, and the NZ Transport Agency. Together we are implementing the vision of SmartGrowth for the wider region, starting in Tauriko West.

The vision for Tauriko West is to create a thriving community for locals to live, work, learn and play. This means the community will have amenities such as schools, parks, cycle and walkways, access to shopping and community facilities, and transport infrastructure.

Tauriko is also the gateway for visitors from the Waikato using State Highway 29 (SH29) over the Kaimai Range. The state highway is a key freight route that connects our region with Hamilton, Auckland and the north. SH29 supports the economic success of the western Bay, so it is vital that growth and liveability, and traffic safety and efficiency go hand in hand.

While we are future-proofing our region, we are also drawing on our past. Tauriko is an area steeped in history, and for over 800 years the Wairoa River has been a source of food, water, and enterprise. Working together with iwi and the community, to embrace the area’s history and build and protect the environment is essential in creating the Tauriko for Tomorrow.

Project objectives

The Tauriko for Tomorrow project aims to deliver:

  • Reserves, schools and community facilities to support a live, learn, work, play community
  • Connected communities supported by public transport, cycle and walkways, and local road networks
  • Vibrant communities, connected to strong employment and shopping centres
  • Safe communities for everyone to enjoy and resilience to natural hazards such as flooding
  • An efficient and safer state highway, supporting a key freight route for our region
  • Connection to the environment and tangata whenua, embracing Tauriko’s history and protecting the Wairoa River Valley
  • New housing with a variety of housing types and choices.

The long-term goal is to have a successful region that is equipped to grasp every opportunity and is a place where people love to live.

Work underway now

The project is in the early phases. Building a community at Tauriko West will require changes to the Regional Policy Statement, highway designation and City Plan as part of the Resource Management process. It also involves a boundary change, and discussions between Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District Councils are underway.

For the NZ Transport Agency, the next stage of the process is to consider options to implement changes to the transport system, including SH29. This includes exploring options for realignment of the state highway along the existing corridor, intersection form and location, access to the state highway, and supporting the SmartGrowth settlement pattern.

More information

Read on to find out more about:

Why we’re doing this: providing for growth
Why we’ve chosen Tauriko West
Tauranga City Council’s role in the project: structure planning and
How you can be involved, stay informed and contact us

A project site will be available soon with detailed information on all the elements of the project, led by the different partners.