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Key reserves master planning

We reviewed our three key sporting facilities, Bay Park, Blake Park and Tauranga and Wharepai Domain to see how they met the needs of particular groups, and how we could make them better and more accessible for everyone in the community.

A collaborative approach

We’re committed to working closely with key community and sports organisations to make sure their needs are met now and into the future.

We’ve been heartened by the positive and supportive feedback we’ve had to date. We acknowledge some people have concerns about some of the proposed changes and we want to address those concerns together.

We’ve developed high level blueprints for our three key reserves, based on conversations with mana whenua, community and sports organisations, and we will continue to work with these groups on further details and options.

After continued engagement with the groups involved to ensure planned development met their needs, the preliminary plans have now been updated. 

Tauranga Domain 

Should we build a community stadium at Tauranga Domain?

After embarking upon a programme of work which considers multiple opportunities for community sport, recreation, and events across Tauranga, we’ve assessed the need for a fit-for-purpose stadium at Tauranga Domain. The proposed stadium would be multi-use and accommodate the community, clubs, local cultural events, festivals, professional sports, and commercial concerts. The primary future focus for the community stadium would be an events precinct with a secondary focus on community sports and high-performance sport. You can read more the proposed plans for Tauranga Domain below.

Tauranga Domain


The vast open and flexible spaces available at the Mercury Baypark site in Te Maunga, Mount Maunganui have the potential to be optimised and repurposed to cater to the city's growing population and increasing need for space to play sports and hold recreational activities and events.

The draft master plan for Mercury Baypark proposes a multi-use community sports and recreation hub, with athletics, netball and other court sports, speedway, gymnastics, as well as dedicated green spaces, a playground, and walkways. The draft plan proposes a future focus on community sport, while still delivering events, entertainment, and high-performance sport. We’ll be adding more information about the proposed plans soon.


Blake Park

The vision for Blake Park is that its role as a premier community and high-performance field sports centre evolves and continues to thrive. A key benefit of the master plan and its key moves is that it allows the field space to meet growing and competing demands, and significantly enhances the scope and quality of facilities for community sports clubs and high-performance sports training and events. We’ll be adding more information about the proposed plans soon.

Blake Park

Key reserves site map

Masterplan map for Bay Park, Blake Park and Tauranga Domain

Key reserves site map (260kb pdf)

Key information

Project type
Parks and Recreation


City Centre
Mount Maunganui/Arataki

Key dates

  • Stakeholder engagement to understand needs and opportunities.

    June 2022
  • Preliminary masterplans for Baypark, Blake Park and Tauranga Domains.

    September 2022
  • Continued engagement with community groups and mana whenua

    Ongoing 2023

Who's listening

Community Relations Team
Tauranga City Council 
07 577 7000

Want to find out more?

This project is part of the work we are doing to make our active reserves and community spaces better.

Active Reserves Master Plan

Other ways to get involved

Tauranga is your city. We’re working to make it even better.

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