Nau mai, haere mai | Welcome to Historic Tauranga

Ngā Tapuwae ki Te Papa | Footprints on Te Papa will take you on a journey from Fifth Avenue to Te Pari Taha | Sulphur Point, and introduce you to some of the fauna and flora that either grow, make their home on, or visit Te Papa Peninsula.

Tohutohu | Directions

This self-guided tour is designed for pedestrians, riders and drivers and the 72 heritage places can be explored at your leisure. Some places may be affected by redevelopment and this will be reflected on the website and in future reprintings of Ngā Tapuwae ki Te Papa | Footprints on Te Papa.

Printed Maps available at:  Tauranga Art Gallery (43), Tauranga i-SITE (53), and Tauranga City Library (55).  Please Note:  Tauranga i-SITE is currently closed as it will be moving from #41 to #53 in Red Square in September.

Uhi | Coverage

Entwined throughout the map are elements of natural, cultural, and built heritage found on Te Papa Peninsula. We honour the first navigators and tīpuna (ancestors) of mana whenua, while paying homage to our maunga Mauao and his status as both tīpuna and taonga.

Pitopito Kōrero | Notes

14. Kāpehu Whetū | Celestial Compass is fringed on its northern side by tūritea matakitea (yellow pōhutukawa, metrosideros excelsa ‘Aurea’), which descend from an ancestral pair on Mōtītī Island.

20. The Elms Te Papa is open seven days a week for daily tours and group bookings.

43. Te Rau o Te Patu | Digital Storytelling Kiosk is in Wharf Street near the Art Gallery.

53. Red Square & Wharf Street (between The Strand & Willow St) are pedestrian only.

63. From 108 Devonport Road, Matapihi Railway Bridge (64) & Harbourside (65) on The Strand extension, can be reached by walkers from Elizabeth Street (east) via a stairway. Currently this walkway is closed owing to upgrades - but it will be open again shortly.  Drivers and cyclists can reach 64 & 65 from The Strand. 

69. Taiparoro is a private home. It is closed to the public but can be seen from the one-way portion of Fifth Ave after Tauranga Primary School (70) if driving.

The City Art Walk Tauranga (Android & IOS App Store download or online guide).

The future of Historic Tauranga  

Longer stories and images for each of the listings will be added to the Ngā Tapuwae ki Te Papa | Footprints on Te Papa website a little at a time. Please keep visiting the site to learn more in-depth information about the heritage of our city.

Tiaki | Protection

If you are a visitor to our shores, please protect yourself and your whānau (family) from the fierce rays of Te Rā (the sun) by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, along with covering up and carrying a water bottle.