New guide to Tauranga heritage available

An exciting new map and walking guide incorporating many heritage highlights of Tauranga has been produced in time for an expected influx of visitors into the Bay of Plenty over summer.

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Ngā Tapuwae ki Te Papa – Footprints on Te Papa is a partnership between Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Taonga Tū Heritage Bay of Plenty, and other local stakeholders including Tauranga City Council, Tourism Bay of Plenty, Sun Media Ltd, and a range of key heritage organisations.

The guide includes information on 72 heritage buildings and locations of historic significance in the immediate Tauranga CBD as well as other places further afield located at Te Pari Taha Sulphur Point.

The self-guided tour, designed for pedestrians, riders, and drivers explores different aspects of Tauranga’s historical pathway, including historic buildings that now host businesses as diverse as barristers, cafes, and shops.

“This map and guide will give people opportunities to identify and connect in a meaningful way with the rich resource of local historic and cultural heritage places located in the Te Papa peninsula,” says Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Lower Northern Area Manager Ben Pick.

“The guide includes archaeological sites, places of significance to Māori as well as built heritage icons like the Bond Store building – which is Category 1 heritage listed, the Brain Watkins House and the Post Office building, to name only a few.”

Ngā Tapuwae ki Te Papa Footprints on Te Papa is available from Tourism Bay of Plenty, Sun Media, Tauranga City Council, EVES Cameron Road, and Tauranga i-Site.