The Main Port offers maximum draft from 11.7 (low water) and 13 meters (high water). The port of Tauranga has also developed a new deepwater port at Marsden Point. With a population of over 110 thousand people, the port of Tauranga serves as the centre of maritime trade and agriculture for the country.
Tauranga port handling vessels over 290 metres annually has grown with the world wide increase in the ocean-going commerce. The port is made out of 2000 continuous metres of berths with the bulk terminal having an export capacity of 1.8 million tonnes and an import capacity of 1.1 million tonnes.
The port of Tauranga’s name means “a sheltered anchorage” which began its activities as acoastal fishing, hunting and gathering. In the year 1829, James Farrow was the first permanent European trader who visited the port and changed the whole cultural landscape. Further, in 1882, the Port of Tauranga was incorporated as a borough and since that day there have been various developments over the years transforming the port into country’s major commercial point.
With favourable weather conditions throughout the year, this port serves as a leading maritime gateway in New Zealand and an ideal transit centre for intercontinental trade. The port is also recognised for its 24-hour access to the Customer Service Centre.