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Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct

The Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct (the “Marine Precinct”) is a $11.4m project to deliver a purpose-built marine servicing facility at Sulphur Point.

The precinct will provide a base for boat building and refit businesses in Tauranga City, and will be managed by Tauranga City Council (TCC) under the Vessel Works brand. The project is funded by TCC ($6.4m to be partially recovered through land sales) and BOP Regional Council ($5m provided through the Regional Infrastructure Fund).The Marine Precinct site is currently zoned as Port Industry and owned by Tauranga City Council. 

The future marine hub of the Bay

By early 2018 (stage 1 development), the Marine Precinct will include lots in a range of sizes for marine businesses, a 6300-square metre vessel storage area (hardstand), deep-water marina berths for large vessels and New Zealand’s largest vessel hoist / travel-lift (350 tonne haulage capacity and extra-wide). Construction began early October 2016.

The development of the Marine Precinct will support and boost a marine sector already leading the way internationally in craftsmanship, composites and especially innovation. Tauranga has the capacity to become a regional hub for marine activities, with world-class facilities and services. Having the largest capacity vessel hoist/travel-lift in New Zealand will bring unprecedented opportunities to the local marine industry. The central location of the precinct and its direct connection to the strategic transport network are an added bonus, making it the ideal spot for marine businesses large and small.

Artist impression - Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct

Occupiers of the Marine Precinct

After a successful tender process, six marine businesses acquired lots in the Marine Precinct, signing sale and purchase agreements with the Council on 30 June 2016. The owners of lots within stage 1 development of the precinct are Hutcheson Boatbuilders (lots 9 &10), Pachoud Yachts (lot 5), Pacific 7 (lot 4), RMD Marine (lots 2 & 3), SMF Engineering (lot 12) and Super Yacht Coatings International (lot 7). Profiles of the new precinct owners are available in the release below.

Local industry buys in to the Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct

Together these businesses cover a wide spread of specialities, from fibre-glassing to marine engineering, vessel painting and timber decking to composite building, a specialised workboat fleet and a fishing fleet. This means increased potential for collaboration among precinct occupiers and with other marine businesses in the area. This is the first step in the Marine Precinct’s strategy of providing a one-stop-shop for customers getting their vessels serviced in Tauranga.

plan - Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct and lot owners


Mount Maunganui-based HEB Construction is leading the Marine Precinct primary works. HEB is one of the leading civil construction companies in New Zealand, and is very experienced in marine infrastructure, having worked on marinas and ports around the country, including the extension of Tauranga’s own port in 2013. HEB will deliver the 6,300 square metre heavy-duty hardstand (pavement), a new concrete wharf, a lifting bay complete with runways for the vessel hoist, seawall armour rock protection, access roads and other core infrastructure services to the new lots. HEB took over the site early October 2016. More information on the works ahead in the media release below.

Construction begins on the future marine hub of the Bay

Marine Precinct news and information

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Marine Precinct Information Memorandum – sale of Stage 1 lots (3mb pdf)

For more information on the Marine Precinct contact Phil Wardale the Project Director on phil.wardale@tauranga.govt.nz or by calling Tauranga City Council on 07 577 7000.

Detailed information on the Marine Precinct is available on the project website www.vesselworks.co.nz

Last Reviewed: 31/07/2018

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