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Tauranga Harbour Recreation Strategy

Tauranga Harbour is a hugely popular place for recreation. Pick any fine summer day and there will be hundreds of people out enjoying themselves. For many people, Tauranga Harbour is the reason why they live in the western Bay of Plenty. As the population grows, so too will the number of people using the harbour.

The Tauranga Moana (Harbour) Recreation Strategy (6.8 MB, pdf) has come from recommendations in the Tauranga Harbour Integrated Management Strategy and SmartGrowth.

Both documents identified a lack of knowledge about recreational uses on the harbour, the need to consider implications of future population growth on the harbour resources, and people's access to marine recreational opportunities.

The strategy has been developed by Bay of Plenty Regional Council with close consultation with Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council, who all manage aspects of Tauranga Harbour.

The project goal is to 'improve recreational opportunities on Tauranga Harbour'.  The finalised strategy will outline tasks that need to be done by each council in order to better manage the recreational use of the harbour.


The strategy was open for public submission from August to November 2007.  Submissions have now all been discussed by the Hearing Committee, and some of them were presented at the hearing that was held in April 2008.  You can view the Hearing Report and Hearing Committee Decisions Report by clicking on these links.

Public Meetings

  • Notes (28 KB, pdf) - from the Mount Maunganui Public Meeting held on 10 October 2007
  • Notes (26 KB, pdf) - from the Katikati Public Meeting held on 16 October 2007

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