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Tauranga City Centre

The Tauranga city centre is undergoing a rapid transformation. Continued investment and the completion of major building works have changed the landscape and silhouette of the city. Significant investment over the past three years has infused a renewed optimism for Tauranga’s economic future and investors, developers, planners and business entrepreneurs are actively discussing future plans for the city. 

Waterfront development

Tauranga’s waterfront is a natural extension of the city centre. Development work is underway to create an iconic destination that celebrates the city’s connection with the water and provides a versatile space that everyone can enjoy – only a short stroll from CBD offices, cafés, bars and some of the best retail shops in the region. Linking with art and cultural facilities, the waterfront development provides a special place for families, events, festivals and other leisure activities. Pedestrian and cycle pathways are complete, and landscaping and street furniture has been installed along the seawall - defining the spaces along the waterfront. Community input into the design of a children’s playground will soon lead to a unique family space. These activities will be complemented by boutique hospitality and tourism offers aligned with the harbour and its surrounds.

Business connectivity

The Tauranga CBD is now WiFi enabled thanks to a partnership between local service provider EOL and Mainstreet Tauranga. In a move that positioned Tauranga as the first city centre in New Zealand to offer free public internet access, business people and visitors can remain connected across Tauranga’s city centre. You can log on to the Internet using smartphones or other devices at local cafés, restaurants or businesses. 

Tauranga businesses are now realising the benefits that ultrafast broadband can deliver to their bottom line. The rollout of ultrafast broadband across the region is taking place, actively connecting up businesses and residents to the fibre network.

New buildings and building upgrades

Over $60 million has been invested in commercial developments in Tauranga’s city center over the past two years alone stimulating business investment, relocations and economic development.

The $10.3 million Sharp Tudhope building on the corner of 1st Ave and Devonport St, completed in May 2012, is tipped to be Tauranga’s first official ‘green star’ rated building. A $21.5 million, five-level building at 247 Cameron Road is now home to KPMG, Cooney Lees Morgan, Aurecon, Staples Rodway and Realty Services. The complete redevelopment of Tauranga’s police station will provide upgraded facilities and services to better serve the community on the Monmouth St site. 

Earthquake strengthening work continues on over 100 city centre premises to ensure they conform to the most recent building codes. Many landlords and building owners are using this as an opportunity to upgrade buildings and refurbish premises, providing existing tenants and potential occupants with attractive business premises in the city centre.