Tauranga Harbour is the natural tidal harbour that surrounds Tauranga
CBD and the
Mount Maunganui area of Tauranga, New Zealand, and which
flows into the
Pacific Ocean at
Mount Maunganui and Bowentown. The
harbour is effectively two flooded river systems separated from the
Pacific Ocean by Matakana Island.
The harbour is a large tidal estuary with an area of some 200-km2 and
has a tidal range of up to 1.98m. Approximately 290,000,000 tonnes of
water flow through the entrances at each tidal change. This tidal flow
can generate currents of up to 7 knots within the entrance channels;
small boat operators must respect this entrance current.
The Port of
Tauranga is located in the harbour and container ships and
cruise ships use the harbour's waters. The
Tauranga harbour entrance
is the shipping channel to the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand’s
largest export port. Shipping movements can take place at any time,
day or night, through the main channels, therefore recreational craft
must take care in these areas.
The harbour is used for many recreational activities, including water
skiing, kite surfing, jet skiing, boating, swimming, diving and
Coordinates: 37°38′S 176°05′E / 37.633°S 176.083°E /