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The Historic Village strategic review

Historic Village

The Historic Village strategy is under review. You told us what you like about The Historic Village, what improvements we could make and what you would like to see in the future.

It's now time to share your feedback

Our current strategy (in the link below) has been in place since 2012 and most of the actions are now complete.

To ensure we keep heading in the right direction we engaged with key stakeholders and consulted with the community via an online survey which closed on Friday 25 September 2020. We asked you to tell us how we are doing at The Historic Village, what improvements we could make and what you would like to see in the future.

We have put together a summary of all the feedback which is available now (in the link below). Your feedback has helped us to identify common themes and things we need to think about further. This information will be used to help develop a revised strategy.

The Historic Village Feedback Summary - October 2020

The Historic Village Strategy 2012-2022

If you have any questions or would like more information please email Cheryl Steiner.

Discover more about The Historic Village


Originally built as a ‘living museum’ The Historic Village opened. Low lying land made the village prone to flooding and after three major events it was decided that it was not an ideal place to store and display taonga (Māori treasures).


Tauranga City Council took back the management of the village and continued with the status quo while considering a strategy for the future. By November 2007 the village reached close to 100 percent occupancy and to date has remained above 90 percent.


Management of The Historic Village was moved to council’s Community Development team which changed the focus from buildings and assets to people and community.

The Historic Village is unique in its setting and character. Located on 17th Avenue, the five hectares of gardens and natural bush is a mixture of not-for-profit groups/community services and commercial/retail businesses as well as five venues available for hire. There is a vibrant creative community, a radio station, a cinema and even a chapel. The village and grounds are open seven days a week and entry is free.

Over the years, the village has continued to grow and has had some great achievements recently, such as:

  • an increase in foot traffic from 127,000 visits in 2015 to 257,000 visits in 2019
  • awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • the development of The Kollective in 2019.

For more information, visit the The Historic Village website.


Project timeline

  • August 2020
    Mana whenua, tenant and key stakeholder engagement
  • September 2020
    Mana whenua, tenant and key stakeholder engagement

    The Historic Village community survey opens to the public
  • October 2020
    Community feedback summary available
  • November 2020
    Revised strategy developed taking into consideration community engagement feedback
  • December 2020
    Revised strategy adopted by council and made publicly available

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