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Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour

Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour is a regional treasure. It's one of New Zealand's largest natural harbours and is home to the country's biggest export port, the Port of Tauranga.

Locals and vistiors alike enjoy fishing, diving, and swimming within the sheltered, clear waters of Tauranga Harbour. Windsurfers and jet skiers seek action while yachts and launches cruise the harbour.

Click in the relevant box below for information about specific Tauranga Harbour topics. 

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About Tauranga Harbour

  • Tangata whenua of Te Awanui
  • Commercial activity
  • Wildlife
  • Factsheets and other publications
 Recreation in Tauranga Harbour

 Recreation and navigational safety

  • Harbour conditions
  • Bar camera
  • Boating charts and rules
  • Swimming water safety
 Mangrove seedlings

Harbour issues

  • Mangroves
  • Sedimentation
  • Sea lettuce
  • Pest management (biosecurity)
  • Pollution and water quality


 Sea lettuce volunteers

How you can help

  • At home
  • On your farm or orchard
  • On the water
  • At work
 Our work

Regional Council's work

  • Addressing harbour issues
  • Strategies and plans
 Health of Tauranga Harbour

Research and monitoring

  • Monitoring sites and data
  • Science and technical reports
 Issues diagram


  • Marine recreation guide
  • Factsheets
  • Wildlife poster
 About Tauranga Harbour

Tauranga Harbour events


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