Tauranga Port

The origins of today's world-class port at Tauranga can be traced to the 1860s when the first pilot, Captain T S Carmichael, fixed leading buoys and marks in position to define the navigable channel. Before this time the Port did not have a wharf, and it was common practice to load and unload cargo on the wooden trading vessels at low tide using ox carts.

The Port of Tauranga is no longer striving simply to be New Zealand's preferred single cargo gateway. We aim to be recognised as New Zealand's Port for the Future by offering a range of preferred cargo gateways and shipping solutions that include and transcend the boundaries of our historic base in the Bay of Plenty.