Our Growing City Centre

Our city centre is going through transformational growth

We have ‘game-changer’ developments occurring across the city centre landscape. This year we will the new $131 million Farmers retail, commercial and apartment complex, the Latitude apartments complex, streetscapes and additional commercial and retail developments, complementing the University of Waikato city centre campus. This is a watershed time for Tauranga CBD. 


Farmers Development - Elizabeth towers

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/



Councillors gave the Elizabeth Street upgrade the go ahead on 19 May 2020. They will now progress to detailed design and begin to work closely with affected businesses throughout the next phase of this project to minimise the impact of the planned works. The upgrade will be completed in time for the opening of the Farmers store, currently scheduled for mid-2021.

June –  Dec  Further development of the design, including detailed design
Nov - mid 2021  Wastewater and water upgrades on First Ave, Elizabeth St and Devonport Rd
Autumn 2021  Construction of streetscape upgrade commences

The upgrade aims to create an attractive, people-focused environment which will complement the Farmers development and also contribute to the revitalisation of Tauranga’s city centre. The Elizabeth Street upgrade is part of the city centre revitalisation approach. This project seeks to improve the amenity of the city centre in order to support and attract investment in residential development and attract new businesses to the city centre. 



a new central library for tauranga

Tauranga City Council are currently working on a new central library for Tauranga. Funding has been approved in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028.

Tauranga Central Library is a popular destination that people love to visit. The place is constantly bustling with people and activity contributing to a vibrant city centre. People are immersing themselves in the many opportunities available to learn, innovate, inspire and connect with others. The new library will be a recreation and cultural attraction that contributes to a vibrant city centre, be a community hub for learning, innovation and connection, be a place to share the stories of Tauranga: past, present and future. Core themes will be digital technologies enabling the community, physical spaces that are welcoming and accessible, and collections reflecting our diversity and community programmes supporting learning, literacy and digital skills.



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.




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.


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! Click here for more details


wharf street UPGRADE

Tauranga City Council have upgraded Wharf Street to create a safe and attractive, people-friendly space in the heart of the city centre for everyone to enjoy. The upgrade reflects Wharf Street’s role in connecting the city centre with the waterfront. Wharf Street businesses remained open for business during construction. Construction included upgrading and renewal of underground services such as sewer, water and stormwater. 

Why did Council upgrade Wharf Street?

Upgrading Wharf Street was part of Council’s ongoing efforts to create inviting and people-friendly spaces within the city centre – to encourage business support, strengthen community and enhance the city centre’s vibrancy.

Wharf Street had been trialled as a shared space since 2015, attracting visitors and residents and a number of additional hospitality offerings to the street. However, community and Council recognised the current cluttered and tired street appearance didn’t provide the desired inviting and people-friendly space. In September 2019, Council approved the detailed design and the budget to commence the upgrade of Wharf Street. 

The upgrade provided residents and visitors with an outdoor dining setting for the section of Wharf Street between Willow Street and The Strand with limited vehicle access only.

In 2017, key themes received from the community focused on outdoor dining, a place that was pedestrian-only, with limited vehicle access and that facilitated events.

Click here for more details