Tauranga Harbour is the western Bay of Plenty's biggest
playground. Hundreds of people use the harbour everyday, whether it
be walking along beaches, watching birds, fishing, water skiing or
Bay of Plenty Regional Council work with you to ensure you make
the most of your recreation time in and around the harbour.
Map of Tauranga Harbour
Check out our map of
Tauranga Harbour (887 KB, pdf) (including Maketu, Little
Waihi Estuaries and the Kaituna River) for a guide to the harbour,
including entrances, location of boat ramps, wharves, jetties',
water ski lanes and jet ski lanes and much more to make your
experience in the harbour safe and enjoyable.
Tauranga Harbour Guide
Our Tauranga Harbour
Guide (298 KB, pdf) gives more information on
- Rules and regulations, collision prevention rules, buoys and
- Operating a vessel
- Water skiing
- Sail boarding and kite surfing
- Other safety information - navigation, life jackets,
marine radio, safe boating checklists
Navigation and Safety
We are responsible for managing the safe use of vessels on the
harbour. The Navigation and Safety Bylaws
sets out the rules about vessel use in the harbour.
The Tauranga Coastguard at www.taurangacoastguard.co.nz
also gives advice and information on safety, weather and tides,
radio channels and provides training and much more.
Events and Sporting Activities
The harbour is used for a large number of sporting and
recreational activities. For information on upcoming events
Who is involved in managing harbour recreation?
Bay of Plenty Regional Council (the harbourmaster's office)
is responsible for approving events on the water such as
triathlons, yachting, powerboat racing, swimming events and all
related safety and event management.
Tauranga City Council
and Western Bay of Plenty
District Council generally look after things on land. They
provide facilities such as boats ramps and jetties. They also give
approvals for land-based events such as triathlons on beaches and
of Fisheries looks after all recreational fishing. They make
and enforce the rules for catch and size limits.
Tauranga Harbour Recreation Strategy
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has prepared the Tauranga Harbour
Recreation Strategy. The strategy sets out the things we need
to do to better manage recreational use of the harbour.
Recreational User Surveys
Recreational Surveys have now been completed. These
surveys help us to find out more information and baseline data
about who is using the harbour, what is working well, what the
recreational pressures are and what improvements need to be
Recreational user survey reports
Regional Coastal Environment Plan
The Regional Coastal
Environment Plan contains rules about the types of activities
that require consent. Most recreational activities do not need
resource consent (but will still need a safe operational plan and
approval from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council