We’re preparing to upgrade the eastern end of Elizabeth Street and the walkway down the hill to The Strand, to create an attractive and safe environment connecting to the water’s edge.
We’re planning the upgrade of the streetscape on Elizabeth St East and Tunks Reserve, including creating a new lookout over the harbour.
What will the upgrade provide?
We want to create a vibrant public place – a pedestrian- and cycle-friendly, high quality urban environment where people will want to spend time and connect. The space will reflect Tauranga’s uniqueness, recognising the site’s history and significance to mana whenua.
This will involve:
- upgrading the streetscape on Elizabeth Street east of Devonport Rd with new surfaces, seating, planting and parking layout
- improving the access down the bank (through Tunks Reserve): a safer and accessible pathway to link Elizabeth Street and The Strand, which caters for people on bikes as well as pedestrians
- creating a new lookout onto Te Awanui Harbour
- upgrading underground infrastructure (water supply, wastewater, stormwater) to future-proof the surrounding area for future development.
The area will connect Elizabeth Street to the waterfront and Matapihi rail bridge, and provide sightlines across Te Awanui Harbour.
Why are we upgrading this area?
Our city centre is transforming, with lots of development led by both the public and private sectors to create a modern and exciting area for residents and visitors to enjoy, including our civic redevelopment projects. As part of this, we are upgrading key city centre streetscapes and public spaces. This will contribute to transforming Tauranga City Centre into the civic, commercial and cultural capital of the western Bay of Plenty – a city centre we can all enjoy and be proud of.
Work is underway to upgrade the streetscape on Elizabeth Street between Grey Street and Devonport Road, and other streets surrounding Thirty Eight Elizabeth – the new Farmer’s development. Upgrading Elizabeth Street east and Tunks Reserve is an extension of this work, and will create a seamless, attractive and safe connection down to the water’s edge. In the future this would connect with the Memorial Pathway, proposed to link The Strand to Memorial Park.
The infrastructure upgrades to be delivered as part of this project will also support future development in the area, including of council’s administration building at 82-90 Devonport Road.