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City centre movement pilot

Wider footpaths, greener spaces and one-way streets are among improvements being piloted to make the city centre nicer and help people move around more easily.

What's happening

The new movement pilot was introduced to parts of Harington, Hamilton, Wharf, Spring and Willow streets during March 2024, and will remain in place for at least two years as a pilot during the city centre transformation.

The pilot is expected to bring several benefits, including: 

  • safer streets by slowing down vehicles, reducing the number of intersections, and improving visibility 
  • more space for wider footpaths, planter boxes, street art and other opportunities to make the city centre more attractive and accessible, and 
  • fewer road closures for the many building projects ramping up in our city centre, because space can be provided beside the street for construction activities when needed. 

Willow Street will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists in both directions. 

In short, this project will help support walking, cycling, and safer motoring for people of all ages and abilities during a busy period of construction and development.  

City centre movement pilot map

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City centre movement pilot map (70kb pdf)


Most of the project was completed during a few weeks in March 2024. Some additional work – such as planting – will occur later with minimal disruption expected. 

This project was carefully timed to avoid the busy summer months and events that will draw people into town (such as Children’s Day and the Jazz Festival), while ensuring the changes are in place before nearby building projects get underway. 

The changes will be monitored and reviewed as a pilot to see if they should be retained, altered, or extended through other parts of the city centre. 

A small section of Willow Street (between Wharf Street and Hamilton Street) will become one-way during April 2024 and will be permanently closed at some point to allow for the construction of the new civic precinct, Te Manawataki o Te Papa. There is no set date for this, but the surrounding one-way system will be retained when the closure does occur. 


Collectively, the proposed changes are among many initiatives aimed at making the city centre a great place to live, work, learn, and play. 

Other transport-related improvements include the recent opening of a secure bike park on Grey Street with room for 78 bikes and e-scooters, and the opening of 145 parking spaces on Dive Crescent. 

Later this year, at least 200 more parking spaces will become available at Panorama Towers on Hamilton Street, and 106 spaces at a car park on Devonport Road. 

You can find out more about the vision for the future of Tauranga city centre in the Council’s City Centre Action and Investment Plan 2022-32

Key information

Project type
Transport and movement


City centre

Key dates

  • Detailed design

    January 2024
  • Construction starts

    March 2024
  • Completed

    April 2024

Who's listening

Civic Redevelopment Project Team
Tauranga City Council 
07 577 7000

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It's on!

This project is part of the work we are doing to revitalise our city centre.

It’s on in our city centre!

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