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Upgrading Tauranga Moana waterfront

Transforming our city centre’s waterfront into an iconic destination that stands the test of time and celebrates our city’s connection to the harbour.

Transforming our city centre’s waterfront

Our refreshed Waterfront Plan will guide future development over the next 10 years along the city centre’s waterfront from Dive Crescent to Tunks Reserve, including Masonic Park.

Tauranga Moana Waterfront Plan (12.9kb pdf)

Plans are underway to protect and improve access to one of our city’s greatest assets - Tauranga Harbour city centre waterfront. Redevelopment will complement the new civic precinct - Te Manawataki o Te Papa, with community and recreational activities, making the waterfront a premier recreational destination for all our community to enjoy.

A safe, parkland setting will form a natural extension to the city centre, along with improved access to the water’s edge for people to take part in a range of water activities, a flexible event space that can be used all year round, plenty of spaces to play, and a boulevard along the water’s edge for walking and cycling.

Developed in partnership with landscape architects and urban designers LandLAB, the refreshed Waterfront Plan was formally adopted by Council in September 2022. There will be opportunities for the community to get involved and have input into the creation of some of the new spaces, as projects come to fruition.

Getting waterfront redevelopment projects underway

$94.8 million has been allocated for the development of the city centre waterfront, with many projects earmarked for completion before the end of June 2024. We are progressing many projects including the upgrade of Dive Crescent carpark, the upgrade of Beacon Wharf, and a new coastal connection and boardwalk along the waterfront between the city centre and Elizabeth Street. See our timeline for more projects currently underway or planned.

City Centre vision for waterfront

Artist’s impression of the existing city centre waterfront looking north. Showing new water’s edge spaces and enhanced connection, through Masonic Park, to our new civic centre Te Manawataki o Te Papa and beyond.


  • Dive Crescent carpark upgrade

    January 2023 to August 2023
  • Memorial Park to city centre coastal connection - Stage One

    March 2023 to mid 2024
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  • Tunks Reserve upgrade

    May 2023 to December 2023
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  • Beacon Wharf upgrade

    June 2023 to March 2024
  • Seawall from Fisherman’s Wharf to the tidal steps to be renewed including ecological enhancements

    October 2023
  • Masonic Park redevelopment

    October 2023
  • Waterfront Reserve playground

    April 2024
  • Commercial Wharf development

    Late 2025
  • Wharf Street Jetty upgrade

    Late 2025


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Tauranga Moana Waterfront Plan (12.9mb pdf)

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This project is part of the work we are doing to revitalise our city centre.

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City Centre projects

We have a number of exciting projects and plans happening right across our city centre that, together, are helping to transform it into a place that we can all be proud of.

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