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Heritage collection

Tauranga heritage facility has over 30,000 artefacts/taonga within its collection. The heritage collection is professionally managed and cared for on behalf of the city and wider region. There is no public access or display area.

Hands on Tauranga is a programme that enables school students to see and touch actual exhibits from the Tauranga heritage collection. The New Zealand Room in the Tauranga library also has several reference collections including Maori, local history and New Zealand history. Collections are available in a variety of formats including monographs, journals, photographs, newspapers, ephemeral and vertical file materials, microfiche and microfilm.

For more information contact heritage.collection@tauranga.govt.nz 

Local cultural heritage organisations

National cultural heritage organisations/sites

The central heritage study

The central heritage study was a joint initiative between Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council and was commissioned as part of the City Centre Strategy. The study provides a comprehensive review of built heritage within the Tauranga city centre.

Although the study is for information purposes only it also provides a basis from which to assess, manage and potentially retain built heritage within the city centre.

The study is in two parts. Part one includes an historic overview, a summary of heritage values, and options for enhancing heritage management. Part two contains an inventory of heritage places and associated record forms.

This study has been utilised in the development of the proposed Tauranga City Plan Built Heritage provisions. The outcome of which is provided for within Chapter 7 - Heritage of that Plan.


Central Tauranga Heritage Study - Part 1 (346k pdf)  Pages 1-39 (4mb pdf) Pages 40-79 (3.8mb pdf) 
Pages 80-153 (3.9mb pdf) Central Tauranga Heritage Study Part 2 (1.29mb pdf) 
Map of Central Tauranga (1.6mb jpg)

Assessment Sheets

CBD, Spring, Willow and Grey Streets (1.98kb pdf) Devonport Road (1.1mb pdf)
Brown Street and Eighth Avenue (858kb pdf) The Strand and Dive Crescent (1.6mb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 03/09/2018


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