. At the heart of friendly Tauranga City lies the large, bustling harbour and busy commercial port of Tauranga.
Water is the fundamental element of our city's leisure and economic activities. Since the early 1950's, the port of Tauranga has continued to experience consistent growth, and has positioned itself as New Zealand's largest export port, primarily for dairy, kiwifruit and forestry commodities. The port of Tauranga is also the tourism gateway to Bay of Plenty, and busiest port of call in terms of visiting cruise passenger ships to New Zealand. Port of Tauranga Limited is one of Tauranga's largest employers, and is a key player, essential to the continued growth in tourism and business, not only in Tauranga, but throughout the entire Bay of Plenty region.
Find more on the Port of Tauranga website.
What's the meaning of the name Tauranga?
. Tauranga is a Māori name, and although there are slight variations in the exact meaning as portrayed from iwi to iwi, Tauranga is generally accepted as meaning - a place to anchor/safe anchorage or resting place.
The earliest known inhabitants in Tauranga were Māori, who settled the area in the 12th century.
Something for everyone . . .
. The natural, tidal Tauranga Harbour with its deep shipping channels and currents of up to 7 knots in places, covers an area of over 200 square kilometres, and is every boating and water enthusiast's paradise to explore.
There's something for everyone in, on or around the Tauranga Harbour, which attracts visitors and locals alike to a vast array of water activities including: swimming, snorkeling, diving, rowing, paddle boarding, kayaking, waterskiing, tubing, motor & jet boating, jet skiing, sailing, kite surfing and parasailing. Experience loads of very rewarding boat, kayak, land, rock and wharf based fishing opportunities within these warm, treasured waters, that continue to reel in record breaking catches. Find Tauranga Harbour - Big Kingfish
Watch the cruise ships come and go . . .
. Make yourself comfortable at any one of a number of prime vantage points from where you will be able to view up close, the arrival and departure of the harbour's constant 24hr flow of marine traffic. Recreational watercraft of all types, laden cargo and container vessels, together with visiting cruise passenger ships pass by within metres of the shoreline, as they navigate their way through the narrow, picturesque Mount Maunganui harbour entrance.
Make your own adventure . . .
. For a fun day out, pack the boat, gather the family and gear, and head out on an adventure into the inner harbour.
Drop anchor in one of the many quiet bays, or lay up close to a secluded beach or island for a relaxing swim, picnic and some fishing. It's all yours to explore in the Tauranga Harbour, and if you are really lucky you could even encounter some playful dolphins, rays and stingrays, a pod of orca, a cheeky seal, or a little penguin. Visit Pilot Bay
At the end of a sunny, fun filled day, the richly coloured Tauranga Harbour sunset provides the perfect backdrop for quiet personal reflection or some memorable cheer enjoyed with that special loved one, family and friends.
Boaties love Tauranga Harbour . . .
. For those boaties wishing to stay overnight on-board their watercraft, Tauranga Harbour also offers safe anchorage for craft of all shapes and sizes in several sheltered bays, swing moorings and two large marinas. A dry stack/boat storage option is available, with a travel lift and raised dry dock facility on hand for any repairs or other maintenance needs. Tauranga and nearby Mount Maunganui specialist boating agents and supply centres are minutes away for any marine supplies and other servicing requirements.
Several acclaimed boat building, design and refit business services for boat owners and skippers can be found in the new, purpose built marine servicing facility located at Sulphur Point, with additional centres in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Details of these are available on the Tauranga Marine Association website.
"If you're searching for paradise,
look no further than Mount Maunganui.
and the incredible Tauranga harbour.".
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Safety Advisory - Enjoy, take care and stay safe.
The Tauranga Harbour and Matakana Island shoreline, as well as the shoreline and beach areas around the base of Mauao, Mount Maunganui are not patrolled by Surf Life Saving New Zealand.
Those inexperienced water users and persons who are unfamiliar with the Tauranga Harbour and local waterways are advised to be aware of the busy shipping lanes, changing tide, unpredictable wave action and strong currents that are present in and/or around Mauao, Mount Maunganui, the Tauranga Harbour and specifically the Tauranga Harbour entrance channel and Matakana Island.
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□ Nathan Pettigrew - Nature Enthusiast / Carver - living in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Join local Tauranga resident, Nathan Pettigrew for close encounters with incredible marine life - orca, sharks, dolphins, stingrays and more, as he explores the Tauranga Harbour, Bay of Plenty and beyond. With kayak and camera at the ready, Nathan is never too far away from the many open water adventures available in Tauranga and Bay of Plenty. Nathan's love for the ocean, marine life and Māori culture, combined with what he sees and connects with on, and in the water continues to provide the inspiration for his prized hand carved creations. With wide ranging admiration in the education sector, and both print and online media, Nathan's deep, ongoing relationship with the big blue and its fascinating creatures, continues to draw valuable acclaim to his home town, Tauranga.
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