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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Port of Tauranga

The port of Tauranga has recently been developed to deal mainly with the export of pulp and paper from Tasman Pulp and Paper Co. It is now the fourth largest port in respect of the quantity of cargo handled, and the second largest in respect of the volume of outward overseas cargo. A bar with a least depth of 23 ft over it lies at the entrance approaches. Tidal range: neaps 5 ft, springs 7 ft. The maximum size for vessels entering the port is 560 ft, and the maximum draught in approach channels is 24 ft at high water.

At Mount Maunganui there is a maximum overall berthage of 2,000 ft, with depths ranging from 25 to 32 ft. At Tauranga the Railway wharf has berthage accommodation of 541 ft and a least depth alongside of 16 ft at low water. A mobile crane is situated on Railway wharf, with a maximum lift of 4½ tons.

Cargo sheds at Mount Maunganui have a floor area of 38,325 sq. ft., but 24,825 ft of this is used only for the products of the Tasman Pulp and Paper Co. In addition there are two open-storage areas of 28,500 and 112,000 sq. ft. respectively. At the Railway wharf there are two sheds of 650 and 250 tons capacity. Two dry-cargo lighters of 60 tons capacity are available.

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