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Whakahoutanga takutai ki Tauranga Moana

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)

Work is underway to protect and improve access to one of our city’s greatest assets - Tauranga Harbour city centre waterfront.

The improvements will complement the new civic precinct - Te Manawataki o Te Papa and are expected to attract people from near and far - making it a destination that people are proud of and want to spend time in – a place that is uniquely Tauranga.

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.

The refreshed Waterfront Plan was formally adopted by Council in September 2022. $94.8 million has been allocated for the development of the city centre waterfront, with many projects earmarked for completion before the end of 2024.

City Centre vision for waterfront

Artist impression of the coastal reserve at the northern end of the Tauranga waterfront.

Key projects active or coming up include:

  • A new playground and amenity block
  • A new green space designed to host large events/li>
  • Upgrades to the Dive Crescent car park and Beacon Wharf
  • Development of a costal connection and boardwalk including a railway underpass and pathway up to Tunks Reserve connecting to Elizabeth Street.

Unique living seawall in the heart of Tauranga city centre is coming

The new coastal feature, involving 100 living seawall pods, ranging in size from 130kg to 2000kg, and 8,000 tonnes of rock boulders have been carefully designed to blend with the existing coastal systems, and will help to encourage a more diverse and vibrant marine ecosystem.

Unique living seawall

Artist impression of the new 'living seawall' being constructed at the northern end of the Tauranga waterfront reserve.

Work begins on The Strand north reserve

The Strand waterfront car park is now closed marking the start of the transformation at the northern end of our waterfront so it becomes a place where more people can spend time and events can be held.  The car park area will be transformed into a new green reserve and a new destination playground. Over 100 car parks are available just across the road at the newly upgraded Dive Crescent car park, with all parking options outlined on our parking information page.

The construction site will cordon off The Strand waterfront car park and the adjacent pathway along the water’s edge. This area is expected to be fenced off and under construction until mid-2024.


  • Dive Crescent carpark upgrade

    Stage One: complete
    Stage Two: commenced October 2023
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  • Memorial Park to city centre coastal connection

    Stage One: commenced March 2023
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  • Tunks Reserve upgrade

    Commenced May 2023
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  • Beacon Wharf upgrade

    Commenced June 2023
  • Seawall and shared pathway from Fisherman’s Wharf to the tidal steps to be renewed including ecological enhancements

    Commenced October 2023
  • Masonic Park redevelopment

    Commenced October 2023
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  • Northern waterfront reserve development (Strand car park closure)

    Commenced October 2023
  • Waterfront Playground development

    To commence May 2024
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  • 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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