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Tauranga’s major CBD refresh brings opportunities

A number of exciting new developments await conference and meeting organisers considering holding a business event in Tauranga over the next few years.

Ground work has already started on a major project – Te Manawataki o Te Papa, the heartbeat of Te Papa – which will breathe fresh life into the CBD when it is completed at the end of 2028.This includes a new library and community hub, civic whare (community meeting house), museum and exhibition gallery on Willow Street in the city centre. It also includes upgrades to the existing Baycourt facility, already utilised for meetings and functions, and Tauranga Art Gallery. New hotels are slated as part of the overall development plan.

Among the many activities available for business events right now include Team SUP (stand up paddle boarding) and cultural connection walk around Mauao; Beach Rake Art team bonding therapy and mindfulness; fishing and hangi with Muirs Tours; and orchard to gate experiences – the region has the most truffle farms in New Zealand. A new experience coming soon is an oyster farm experience at Ohope.

For free and impartial advice about holding an event in the Bay of Plenty, email angela.werder@bayofplentynz.com or visit bayofplentynz.com/conference.