The Vision


Tauranga is the third largest harbourside city in New Zealand. The harbour is highly valued as a cultural and recreational feature of the city and in recent years has become an economic cornerstone for New Zealand. The Port of Tauranga was recently named by an independent source as Australasia’s most productive and efficient port.

Over the last few years the local marine industry has lost key facilities and has not kept pace with other marine hubs.   Tauranga’s future growth and prosperity depends on attracting and retaining skilled, knowledgeable people and helping them create and develop productive, high-value businesses such as manufacturing. The development of Tauranga’s Harbour Marine Precinct (The “Marine Precinct”) will support and boost a marine sector already leading the way internationally in craftsmanship, composites and especially innovation.

The Marine Precinct is seen by the marine sector as the key to stimulating the local industry and it is recognised that by working together as a sector to market high quality cluster services nationally, strong  economic benefits can be delivered.

Tauranga City Council (The Council) will develop the Marine Precinct which involves construction of a purpose-built marine servicing facility and related infrastructure at Sulphur Point. The Marine Precinct will create significant opportunities for long-term economic development, business and job creation, and become a hub for the sub-regional marine sector.

The Marine Precinct will provide a base for a cluster of boat building and refit businesses and associated marine services. It will unlock the potential to cater for commercial and recreational vessels and international vessels.

The site provides a unique and immediate opportunity for re-development. It is centrally located on the edge of the city centre and is at the very heart of the city’s strategic transport network. There is direct and easy access to deep water and resource consent for the development has been granted.

The harbourside location provides the regional marine sector with deep water access to the harbour for berthing, refit and maintenance of vessels. It will include New Zealand’s largest capacity travel-lift of 350 tonnes and other necessary infrastructure and space for the marine cluster to be more competitive and grow.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council, through the ‘Regional Infrastructure Fund’ (RIF) has committed $5m towards construction of new infrastructure at the precinct, and the Council proposes to fund the additional $6.4m required to fund the initial $11.4million in works proposed as part of Stage 1 of the development.

Use the link below to read more about the Regional Councils funding within the region.

Regional Infrastructure Fund info


  • Deep water access
  • New Zealand’s largest capacity travel-lift of at least 350 tonnes
  • Centrally located to city and strategic transport network
  • Resource consent granted – available for redevelopment now
  • Can cater for commercial, recreational vessels and international vessels.
  • Council supported

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