Our Growing City Centre

Our city centre is going through transformational growth

We have ‘game-changer’ developments occurring across the city centre landscape. Within just a couple of years we will have the new $131 million Farmers retail, commercial and apartment compkex, the new Harington St parking building, the Latitude apartments complex, streetscapes and additional commercial and retail developments, complementing the new University of Waikato city centre campus. This is a watershed time for Tauranga CBD and the future looks bright indeed. 


Farmers Development

Key Facts:

  • $130 million development
  • 8000 square metres of retail, on two levels
  • First-floor dining precinct with gourmet cafes and restaurants
  • 322 car parks on 5 levels
  • Publicly available car parks to triple from the number at the old Farmers site
  • Farmers to return to the building in 2021
  • New retailers to join
  • 24 luxury town houses
  • 96 high-end apartments, in two towers

The new building will have 8000 square metres of retail space on two floors. Farmers will return to the building in 2021 bringing an international-quality flagship store to the CBD.

Joining Farmers will be several iconic New Zealand brands including Whitcoulls, Stevens and Subway.

Farmers will return to a new and improved space, helping to reinvigorate Tauranga's CBD so that it truly becomes the heart of the city.

For more details: https://farmerstaurangadevelopment.co.nz/

Harington Parking Building

Tauranga City council are constructing a new car parking building and bicycle hub in Harington Street. It will have:

  • 250 bike parks
  • 550 car parks
  • 53 motorbike parks
  • Electric charging points for cars and e-bikes
  • Shower and locker facilities for people who ride bikes

At present an estimate 400 spaces may be leased, leaving 150 spaces free for casual parking (including 15 mobility parking spaces).

Expected opening early 2020.

Quest Hotel

The Quest Apartments, located at 71 Devonport Rd, consist of 42 four-star stay serviced apartments. It is three stories with retail on the ground floor and ground floor parking. Open now.

Regional House

This is the redevelopment of the Regional Council offices and Emergency Response Centre for Bay of Plenty Civil Defence. The building will incorporate new environmentally sustainable design features including photovoltaic (solar) panels, wind turbine and rainwater harvesting.

Mid-City Centre Upgrade, Red Square

This project was completed earlier this year. The project involved an upgrade to the building façade including the construction of 20 new feature pod balconies with bold chromatic tiger orange ACM panel cladding. The interior contains an open plan office space with an upgraded maintenance main entrance. 

Streetscape Upgrade - Durham Street & Durham Lane

Working in with the build of the new University of Waikato campus, Tauranga City Council have been upgrading the street and laneway to create a modern, inviting space for everyone including new students coming to the city. 

Community feedback has influenced the design, particularly in terms of greening the street and having more seating. The key themes are reflected in the concept design - a green street with trees and rain gardens, narrower road, and a raised road so it is level with the footpath for improved pedestrian movements and accessibility.

Council will also be upgrading the infrastructure on the street including the wastewater system and water filtration to decrease pollutants entering the harbour.

The southern end of Durham St has been designed to allow for a proposed city bus interchange. A decision is yet to made on the final location of the bus interchange so stage two of the street upgrade will depend on the outcome of this decision.

Durham Street is now open!

Earthquake Prone Buildings

Tauranga’s earthquake prone building policy was adopted in March 2006. It focuses on buildings that were built between 1976 that have 33% or less of the strength of current building code standards.

On 1 July 2017 a nationally consistent system for managing earthquake-prone buildings came into effect. It changed the way earthquake-prone buildings are identified, assessed and managed.

The primary objective of the new system is to protect people from harm. It categorises New Zealand into three seismic risk areas and uses these areas to set time frames for identifying, strengthening or removing earthquake-prone buildings. (Bay of Plenty is a Medium Risk Zone)

It introduces a new category of ‘priority’ buildings in high and medium seismic risk areas that are considered higher risk because of their construction, type, use or location. Priority buildings must be identified and strengthened or removed in half the time available for other buildings in the same seismic risk area. Under the new system, territorial authorities (councils) are responsible for identifying potentially earthquake-prone buildings and notifying building owners, determining if a building is earthquake prone and if so, assigning a rating (based on an engineering assessment) and issuing EPB notices to building owners.