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HELLO. We’ve been waiting for you. We’re so glad you’re here. We’ll show you the places to go, the things you don’t know and all that’s on show. If you need a barber, dry cleaner, or some lunch on the run, a dentist, great coffee or maybe just some fun… You’ll find it all here and so very near. Take a look, take a read. This little booklet has been made just for you. With recommendations, invitations and special offers too, we’re sure that you’ll find there’s plenty here for you.
WHAT’S THIS CITY CENTRE ALL ABOUT? Well, we’re the fifth largest city in the country and enjoying fast-paced growth. More businesses and people are coming here (just like you). That means there’s more to do and more to see. Our stunning iconic waterfront location makes this a beautiful place to come to work each day. Outside of your work hours enjoy our huge selection of cafes, bars and restaurants across the city centre. Check out the Wharf St Dining Precinct and The Strand for some of our iconic eateries. There’s great shopping too. As the civic, cultural and commercial heart of the region you can find anything from a pair of socks to a council permit. Soak up some art and culture in our galleries and open spaces. Bike to work or take the bus. It’s easy to get around in our city centre. Not sure where to find something? Just ask. We’re a friendly bunch and want you to feel welcome in the city centre.
TURN THE PAGE. We’ve asked some of our city centre colleagues to recommend to you some great places to go and things you might not know to make the most of our city centre.
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RECOMMENDED. QUICK TIP If you’re driving in the city centre there’s a ten minute parking grace period on the parking meters…and there’s free parking after three!
“I love that I can order a roast pork or chicken from Classic Cut Butchers on Devonport Road in the morning and they roast it for me at no extra charge so I can pick it up piping hot before I go home at the end of the day.” Fiona Corkery Mainstreet Tauranga
“If you’re looking for a local barber in the city (and really close to Durham Street) try Carve Barbershop on Grey Street. As they say ‘it’s not just a haircut’.”
“If you are a reader, there is no better bookshop on the planet than BooksA-Plenty on Grey Street. All avid readers themselves, they can help you select just the right book for your reading tastes and help introduce you to diverse literary worlds you will not have imagined.” Annie Hill Priority One
“My tip – a tranquil retreat is the tropical flower house and rose garden at Cliff Road.”
“I love Bravo in Red Square as it’s a great place to meet people, enjoy a coffee and discuss matters with them.”
“On a sunny day, what better place to have lunch and soak up the crowd atmosphere whilst either socialising or talking business, than at one of the many great venues on The Strand.”
Cr Bev Edlin
Steven Vincent Basestation
For many years my ‘go to place’ for my swimwear, lingerie or hoisery has been Langton’s Lingerie & Swimwear in Grey Street. Delys Williams has owned it for over eight years, and has a very unique understanding of her products, as do her team. They’re open seven days and have a loyalty programme.” Nancy Hogg Bravo Café, Restaurant & Bar
Cr. Catherine Stewart
Scott McKenzie Property Managers Group
“The great thing about Downtown Tauranga is that we have an awesome little community. People like Apple from Green Apple on Spring Street with her wonderful selection of summer gear, the boys from Bivouac on Willow Street who always have an idea for my next camping trip, Shane and the team at House of Travel on Willow Street who never miss a beat. We all know each other’s name, wave across the road and stop for a chat – like great friends from the neighbourhood.” Susanne Irwin Robert Harris Coffee Roasters
“If you live in the Mount or Papamoa and own a bike, I’d suggest parking your car around Owens Place and enjoying a short undulating bike ride through Matapihi and across the railway bridge to work. I love using this cycleway. Exercise, great views, fresh air and free easy parking ... perfect!” Cr. Leanne Brown
“My best tip for a lunchtime getaway on a hot sunny day is to grab a cool smoothie from Pluto on Devonport Road and go dip your toes in the water underneath the railway bridge at the end of Elizabeth Street. It’s a refreshingly peaceful spot, regardless of the odd passing train.”
“It’s great starting my day with coffee from Me & You on First Avenue, always friendly service, which is what you need when it’s hard to get going first thing. Great fresh and inspiring food for lunch as well, I love them!” Mark O’Donnell Sharp Tudhope Lawyers
“We love Dry Dock Café on Wharf Street! It’s one of our favourites for their great coffee, tasty food and friendly service from Sandra and her team.” Aimee Driscoll Tauranga City Council
Cr. Matt Cowley
“My go-to exercise during the week is at the midday boot-camp classes by No Compromise Fitness at 45 Cliff Road on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Steve caters for all fitness levels. The sessions are friendly and not too scary for newbies.”
“There is nothing better after a busy week than to enjoy Friday lunch on The Strand. My hot favourite is to sit outside at Macau on The Strand and enjoy their beautiful food and service while enjoying the stunning waterfront.”
Marcel Currin Tauranga City Council
Belinda Francis Mediaworks Radio
“After a day at work a great place to go and unwind is The Phoenix on The Strand. Mark and his team do an extremely good job and a little bonus is Thursday nights from 5pm, where they have $6 pints of Monteiths tap beer. A great setting and great staff make this one of my favourite places, and if you want more than one pint, but are concerned about drink/ driving, don’t forget the Hopper bus service runs regularly and is just 30 seconds walk from The Phoenix.” Andrew Love NZME
“If you need to get some dry cleaning done you can simply pop into Bond & Co on Devonport Road and Jason and the team will sort it for you. It’s a great service. Love their men’s clothing range too – absolutely stunning.” Sally Cooke Tuskany Mainstreet
“A great walk at lunch time to clear the head is go along Cliff Road to Mission Street then to the Elms Mission House site. The fantastic grounds and heritage buildings give you a sense of yesteryear and how far Tauranga has developed in a relatively short period of time. Understanding where Tauranga has come from helps us form the future.” Stuart Crosby Mayor
“I really enjoy grabbing lunch from Sammies on Devonport Road, with a wide range of fresh sandwiches available on the spot, they also do toasties to order and have a great range of fresh pastries perfect for something on the go. Their Mac n Cheese is a nice treat to have on a cold winter’s day.”
“I love cycling in this city! I ride to and from work from Bethlehem and enjoy cruising along the waterfront and over the rail bridge. People are respectful of cyclists in this city, the weather is often stunning and the views of the harbour and Mount Maunganui make it extra enjoyable... plus it’s a great way to stay fit!”
Adam Watson Tuskany Agency
Millie Newitt Creative Tauranga
“Best summer experience – grabbing a coffee from Folk, at the Basestation on Durham Street, and heading down to the waterfront to watch all the harbour action. In winter you can’t beat the café on top of the Bongard Centre on Cameron Road with 360 degree views and student-priced food (open to the public).”
“For total body fitness and strengthening your core Momentum Pilates in First Ave is the place. Particularly good if you are recovering from an injury. Paul really cares about his clients, and you will surprise yourself by how you can progress.”
Meg Jones Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Stephanie Smith Tauranga City Library
THE PRACTICAL STUFF Need to know where to go to do the essentials? This quick guide might give you some initial helpful insights. It’s not a full list – just some suggestions of places closest to your workspace that you might need to get to. For everything else you need to know – just ask.
Where to Park The Spring Street Parking Building Corner Durham St and Spring St. Open 7am-9pm Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. The Elizabeth Street Parking Building On Elizabeth St and First Ave. Open 7am-6.30pm Mon-Fri. 8am-5.30pm Sat. Closed Sun. Off-Street Parking On Dive Cres, Harington St, Willow St, Elizabeth St. On-Street Parking It’s free to park anywhere in the city centre after 3pm. There’s a 10 minute grace period if you’re just stopping briefly to pick up or drop something off. All parking is free on Sundays and public holidays. There are two parking zones in the city. The central (green) zone is $2 an hour and the outer (yellow) zone is $1 an hour. There’s no time limits, just top up your meter to stay longer. For the full facts on where to park and when visit: www.tauranga.govt.nz/services/parking
Catching the Bus There are 12 bus routes covering the Bay and leading into the city centre. Buses run seven days a week. All buses arrive and depart from Wharf St just by the Tauranga Library. For timetables and routes visit www.baybus.co.nz/taurangawestern-bay/tauranga-urban/
Council Services Permits, consents, fines and more can be sorted and paid at the Tauranga City Council on Willow Street. Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Go to www.tauranga.govt.nz i-Site Visitor Centre at Willow St, Library Arcade
For your Health Accident and Health Care – 19 Second Ave City Centre Medical – Medical Centre – Corner 1st Ave & Cameron Rd Emergency Dentist – Accident & Healthcare – 19 Second Ave Life Pharmacy – Devonport Rd
The Professionals Need an accountant, lawyer, financial advisor, commercial business, beauty salon or anything for that matter? There’s a full directory of city centre businesses right here: www.downtowntauranga.co.nz
Getting Fit The Gym – First Ave Bodyzone – Spring St
Fixing Stuff SHOE REPAIRS: Shane Barr Shoe Repairs – Piccadilly Arcade, Grey St Minuteman – Corner of Red Square & Willow St DRYCLEANING: Pristine Drycleaners – Cameron Rd CLOTHING ALTERATIONS: Garment Alteration Studio – Piccadilly Arcade The Sewing Room – Goddards Centre
Let’s Play Rialto Cinema – Goddards Centre, Devonport Rd Event Cinemas – Elizabeth St Baycourt Theatre – Durham St FOR THE KIDS: Hairy Maclary sculpture and playground – on The Waterfront
Snail Mail Tauranga Paper Plus / Post Shop – Grey St
Money Matters ANZ – Spring St. BNZ – Corner Grey & Spring St. Westpac – Red Sq. ASB – Red Sq. Kiwibank – Grey St. SBS – Red Sq. Heartland Bank – Devonport Rd. TSB – Corner Willow St & Wharf St. The Cooperative Bank – Grey St
Let’s Eat Go to www.downtowntauranga.co.nz for a full list of dining establishments, bars and cafes
Words & Art Tauranga City Library – Willow St. Open 7 days 9.30am-7pm Tauranga Art Gallery – Willow St. Open 7 days 10am-4.30pm Creative Tauranga – Willow St. Open Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm
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Bring the kids down to the Hairy Maclary Sculptures
The Wharf St Dining Precinct
Pop Up Park on Devonport Road
Fish and Chips on The Waterfront
The Elms Mission House
Tauranga Art Gallery
Owen Dippie Larger than Life Murals
Wings to fly
The Cargo Shed
Our cultural heritage
Time to play
Jazz Festival Saturday, 26 – Sunday, 27 March
Come on down to The Strand and boogie down on the soon to be installed Trustpower Dance-o-mat! Thanks Trustpower!
On the waterfront by the children’s playground.
Perfect for lunch, dinner, a coffee or just to sit and relax on the community seating.
Now here’s a park like no other. With seating and some art to enjoy.
Choose the freshest fish from Bobby’s and enjoy a summer lunch on The Waterfront.
It’s the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty and it’s conveniently located just up from your new offices, on Mission Street.
Soak up the latest art and exhibitions. Open daily 10am-4pm on Willow Street.
See if you can find these beautiful mural masterpieces across our city centre.
Grab a picture in front of our stunning wings mural on The Strand.
Showcasing local and national artists and selling art and crafts on Dive Crescent.
There’s some historic and cultural sites on our waterfront to explore including the waka canoe and Herries Arch.
Delight the kids at our waterfront playground.
Get your fix of creative arts in our community in the Creative Tauranga Gallery on Willow Street.
Join us for the Downtown Carnival!
NEVER MISS A BEAT There’s always something on in the city. Stay tuned to all the events and activities by checking out these handy websites: mysummer.co.nz downtowntauranga.co.nz events.tauranga.govt.nz bayofplentynz.com
baycourt.co.nz taurangaartgallery.co.nz creativetauranga.co.nz
Key Events In March Here’s a quick line up of what’s on in the city. Weekly
Free Salsa Dancing with the Bay Salsa Dancing Club La Mexica, every Thursday, 8pm
Imagine Dragons ‘Smoke + Mirrors Live’ Rialto Cinema, 8pm-9.30pm
Carnivorous Plant Society Tauranga Art Gallery - Cnr of Wharf and Willow St, 7pm
NZ International Tattoo and Art Expo Memorial Park, 11am-7pm
YMCA Tauranga Children’s Day Event The Waterfront, 10am-2pm
International Womens Day Picnic Waterfront - Edgewater Fan, 4.30pm-7.30pm
24 - 28
Jazz Festival It’s our 54th national Jazz Festival!
26 - 27 March
Jazz Festival - Downtown Carnival & Hurricane Party Join us on The Strand, waterfront and city centre. Downtown Carnival 12noon-6pm. Hurricane Party 7.30pm-late
PLEASE JOIN US We’re so excited you’re here that we’ve put together some special events for you. Over the month of March please join us. It’s our welcome to you and our chance to get to know you, have some fun, and show you our city. We hope you will join us at all or some of these events.
Welcoming Trustpower event series:
Breakfast in the City – Toasting Trustpower When:
Tuesday, 8 March: 7.00am-8.30am
In Durham Street – just outside your Trustpower offices.
Join Downtown Tauranga for a breakfast with a difference. We’ll have trestle tables, toasters, bread and spreads. Come and make your toast and meet some new faces in our city centre.
Host: RSVP: Please rsvp that you can join us by no later than Friday, 4 March. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet, Eat and Greet – with Trustpower When:
Wednesday, 16 March: 11.30am-2.00pm
On the Waterfront by the Downtown Tauranga Kiosk. Entrance from Wharf St.
Join Priority One for a casual summer lunch on the waterfront. Come and go as you please. There’s gourmet fish and chips or chicken sliders for all.
Host: RSVP: Please rsvp you can join us by no later than Monday, 14 March. Email email@example.com
Fun in the City – for Trustpower When:
Wednesday, 23 March: 12.00pm-2.00pm
On the Waterfront by the Downtown Tauranga Kiosk. Entrance from Wharf St.
Join Media Works and have some fun in the sun with activities, goodies, music and entertainment.
Host: RSVP: Please rsvp you can join us by no later than Monday, 21 March. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Brain Watkins House
The Strand Reserve
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Belfast Tauranga Bakery Art Gallery Site
Tauranga City Council
Te Kahui Matariki
War Memorial Gates CAMERON ROAD
Arts Market (Cargo Shed)
Te Awanui Waka
Toilets Medical Centre
Parking off-street Playground & Hairy Maclary Cycleway
Tauranga & Wharepai Domains
Arts and culture
Cinema Cultural/heritage site
Robbins Park Rose Garden
Wharf St Dining Precinct Railway track Pedestrian zone
i-Site Visitor Information Centre
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