The Tauranga Heritage Collection comprised of over 30,000 objects, is rich with taonga important to Tauranga Moana and includes artefacts of national significance. The collection reflects substantial support from donors, volunteers and the wider Tauranga community over the past 50 years.
The Tauranga Heritage Collection is professionally managed and continues to treasure and share the region's history through publications, displays and exhibitions. You can now explore the collection online.
The team also manages Hands on Tauranga, an object lending library that offers students creative and inspiring learning opportunities which support the national curriculum at primary and secondary school levels. Objects from our handling collection can be touched, worn and explored by students in Tauranga classrooms.
To contact the team at the Tauranga Heritage Collection email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local arts and cultural 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)
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)