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Mount to Arataki Spatial Plan

Mount to Arataki

Mount to Arataki is a popular spot and it’s growing quickly. We need your help to create a plan for this much-loved area that will set the direction for the next 30 years.  

With Mauao, the beach, great schools and communities, fantastic shopping, cafes, dining and entertainment options, and a relaxed vibe, we all know Mount to Arataki is a unique and special little corner of the world, and it’s no surprise people want to come here.  
This year we are setting out to create a 30-year plan for the area, with a 10-year focus on projects, to create an overall vision for where the Mount to Arataki area is heading and what is important.  
We want to know what matters most to you so we can make changes now and as well as planning for a future that protects the things we love, enhances the things we already have, and makes room for the things we want to add or change.

Tell us what you love about this area, what needs to change, and what matters most to you and your whānau. 

We are not starting from scratch here. We have already heard a lot of feedback about the Mount to Arataki area. Capturing a wider range of views now will help us build on what we already understand and give us a clearer picture of what the future should look like .   
This is your opportunity to contribute to:  

  • Keeping our community healthy, active and safe 
  • Celebrating our history and culture  
  • Better transport – making it easier to get around  
  • Enhancing our natural environment  and adapting to climate change
  • Enhancing our parks, public spaces, and community facilities     
  • Improving our shopping, entertainment, and business centres  
  • Planning for the future of the Mount Industrial Area  

Begin the online survey

Your input will help us to form a draft plan for the Mount to Arataki area. Later in the year you’ll have a chance to let us know what you think of the draft plan, and the areas of focus and priorities we are proposing, before it goes to council for approval.

We also have a range of opportunities for you to talk to us in person and online, which are outlined in the right-side column.

Mount Spatial Plan Map

The Mount to Arataki area is highlighted in green on the map

Purpose and outcomes 

The purpose of the Mount to Arataki Spatial Plan is to set the direction for how the area develops over the next 30 years. It will enable us to carefully plan the things that need to change now and, in the future, as well as protecting the things people love about the area.

The plan considers a wide range of topics, including: 

  • The wellbeing of our communities
  • The way we move around
  • Culture and heritage 
  • The natural environment and the features we want to protect
  • Public open space: playgrounds, parks, and community facilities
  • The shopping, entertainment and business centres; and
  • How to manage the different land uses in the area, including industrial, residential and commercial.  

Our survey guides you through these topics, making it easy to share your thoughts.

The final plan will identify actions/projects to be implemented and will inform our decision making going forward, such as directing:

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Consultation closes 5pm Monday 10 April 2023.


  • Community tell us what they love and what could make this area even better

    March-April 2023
  • Use community feedback and technical input to develop a draft plan. 

    May-June 2023
  • Share draft plan with the community for feedback

    late 2023
  • Use community feedback to help finalise the draft plan. Present the plan to Commissioners for approval  

    late 2023

Join us for a chat when we are out in the community

Saturday 1 April
Little Big Markets at Coronation Park, 9am-2pm

Tuesday 4 April
9 Prince Avenue, 4pm-7pm.

Mount to Arataki Spatial Plan Webinar

What we’ve heard from the community previously

Over the last few years, we’ve received feedback from the community on the things that matter to them and what we need to consider as the area grows. We have completed a Review of Previous Feedback (54kb pdf) that summarises what we have heard in previous engagements. Some of the most commonly mentioned points are outlined below.

  •  Ocean/harbour, beach, dunes, green spaces 
  •  Overall look, character, beauty of the area
  •  Shops, mall, cafes, restaurants (including outdoor seating areas) 
  •  Feeling safe during the day 
  •  Friendly community / sense of community
  •  The way it is – don’t change anything 
  • More greenery e.g. street trees and gardens
  • More or better parks / reserves
  • Upgraded and/or new community facilities
  • More public and family friendly events (markets, street entertainers etc.)
  • Friendlier community  / better sense of community
  • Feeling safe at night
  • Homelessness
  • Better public transport and safe separated cycleways
  • Less traffic congestion and better parking
  • Better rubbish solutions
  • What community facilities we invest in
  • How we improve the transport network
  • What infrastructure is required (e.g pipes and roads)
  • Any changes required to the City Plan of where future development should go.

There are some things we can’t change, such as the Government’s new housing rules.

New rules will mean that people will be able to build more on their residential sections without needing sign-off from council, or approval from neighbours. Your neighbourhood may change over time as development occurs. 

More information on Plan Change 33 - Enabling housing supply.

There are also a number of other projects that have started, including upgrades to Maunganui Road and locations for some cycleways and bus routes. We will be working alongside active projects in the area to ensure we can create a coordinated plan that recognises some things are already in motion. 

 As we implement the plan, we will continue to engage with the community, stakeholders and mana whenua. 


We’re looking ahead to make sure we have the right housing, transport, and community spaces to support wellbeing for everyone living in the Mount area now and in the future.

 There are some things that are already underway, such as road upgrades and new planning rules to allow for intensification. We will be working alongside active projects to build better connections and create a unified direction for the Mount. We need to plan for growth in this area so we can maximise the positive things that can come from this and minimise challenges. This is particularly important in the Mount area because:

  • The Mount is a popular spot and it’s growing quickly. Mount Maunganui, including Omanu and Arataki, is expected to see significant growth in the next 30 years
  • The Government has told us we need to provide more housing choice to meet the diverse needs of our community and intensify development across the city, including within the Mount area
  • As the Mount is one of New Zealand’s most desirable place to live, work and visit, it is likely that it will continue to attract interest from developers. The Government’s directive to allow more intensive development makes this an even more desirable area to invest in.

We need to provide and manage infrastructure (such as transport, stormwater), public facilities (such as parks, sports facilities, playgrounds), green spaces, and new private developments in a coordinated and complementary manner to ensure that these are provided in a way that makes the Mount an even better place to live, work and play.

Council is currently amending the rules in our City Plan to meet Central government instructions

This includes:  

  • inserting a set of Medium Density Residential Standards into our relevant residential zones 
  • allow people to build up to three dwellings of up to three storeys on most sections in residential zones, without needing to obtain a resource consent 
  • enable higher density housing with more building height within and around the city centre, and other identified commercial centres across the city and close to public transport. 

This requires a formal plan change process to make changes to the City Plan. Through public notification of the plan change we received a number of submissions relating to the Mount North area, including submissions requesting that we enable additional height (four or more storeys – up to 16m) there. In response to the submissions received, we are undertaking further assessment of the Mount North area to inform if and where development of four or more storeys (apartments) could be enabled. This technical work and submissions received will be presented as part of the hearings process, to assist with the independent hearings panel recommendations on the proposed plan change. A hearing is scheduled for July 2023.

More information on Plan Change 33 - Enabling housing supply

The Mount Maunganui, Te Papa and Ōtῡmoetai areas have been identified by Council and the SmartGrowth partnership as priority areas to support future growth of the city and the wider Western Bay of Plenty. This growth requires long-term planning to identify potential areas that can be used for housing, recreation, sport, infrastructure, green spaces and community facilities and amenities.

More information relating to SmartGrowth and its role in shaping how Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty develops.

The future starts now – but its going to take time! The plan looks to capture the 30-year vision and wishes of the community in the area and also includes a 10-year action plan.

The Council’s function is to enable future development in a way that meets the city’s requirements, but how quickly it occurs is up to the landowners and also subject to a number of other factors such as market demand.

This project will give you an opportunity to have your say on what services and amenities are needed to support future growth in the Mount area.

The project will come up with a plan that captures a 30-year vision for the area and will also include a 10-year action plan. The plan will be, developed by Council with input from the community, mana whenua and key interest groupsstakeholders.

As part of the project we will be working with our regional and central Government partners, local residential and business communities and mana whenua to ensure we get it right for the Mount to Arataki area.

Ensuring that the people who call the Mount to Arataki area home are heard throughout this process is vital to arriving at a plan for future growth that is right for this location. There will be several opportunities for the community to have their say about what they wish to see for the future of the Mount. We are kicking this off shortly with community engagement.

We are looking to get out and talk to the community about what you want to see for the Mount in the future. We will look to pop up around the neighbourhood at community events and local centres to have a chat with you.

Mount Projects

Find out more about other projects happening in the Mount Maunganui area 

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Take the survey now

Consultation closes 5pm Monday 10 April 2023.

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Email: mounttoarataki@tauranga.govt.nz
07 577 7000

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