13 September 2020

Our new Mainfreight Tauranga Branch is open and ready for business

Tauranga, New Zealand, 14 September, 2020 – Today we open the doors to our brand new freight terminal in Tauranga. As our business continues to grow, we are always looking for ways to better serve our customers.

Making investments that benefit our customers

We invest in world-class facilities wherever possible. We do this to ensure that our people have the very best environment to support them in delivering a high-quality supply chain service. Since we started our Transport operations in Tauranga in 1988, we have grown into a full supply chain service provider, also offering Air & Ocean and Warehousing services. 

Our Transport and Air & Ocean teams will be moving in to our new facility. Our Warehousing team will remain at our existing site at Te Maire Street. The former depot will be transformed into an operational warehousing branch, fitted out with racking that can store 7,000 pallets. 

The history of the land

Tauranga’s new depot is located on Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks on Truman Road. Legend has it that the land that our depot is built on was once part of the Tauranga Harbour where a family of whales that swam into the harbour became stranded. 

A mother and her calf swam into the harbour but found that waters were too shallow. They decided to head back to deeper waters but instead of swimming back the way they came, they headed into the Rangataua arm of the harbour. Tired and thirsty, they stopped at ‘Karikari’ on the eastern shore of Rangataua and drank from an enchanted spring, which turned them into stone. 

The father whale came looking for his family. Devastated by what he found he too drank from the enchanted spring, also turning to stone.

Today, this family of whales are known as Mangatawa, Hikurangi and Kopukairoa, which form the maunga in the area.

Our new freight terminal in Tauranga

Our 100-year vision is not about reaching an end-point but it’s an understanding that everything we do is focused on growing a strong, iconic, enduring business. We have taken this philosophy and applied it to all our new facilities including our depot in Tauranga.

Situated on a 6.1-hectare site, our new facility is built with both sustainability and the future in mind.
  • Our 18,200 square meter freight terminal includes raised docks for efficient handling of our freight
  • Our offices are built on the upper level with floor to ceiling windows giving our team a full view of the operation from their desks
  • 100kWh solar array have been installed with the potential to increase this to 150kWh
  • Rainwater harvesting for water use throughout the site
  • A truck wash that recycles its own water to be used again and again
  • EV car charging stations
With the growth in Transport, Warehousing and Air & Ocean, our new facility could not have come at a better time.

The most pleasing aspect of our new facility is the extra 8000 square metres of depot space, benefiting our entire transport operation.

With a more efficient facility, our customers will see service levels within the region improve and more line-haul options across the country, including a direct service to Christchurch.  – Lance Chadwick - Transport Branch Manager, Tauranga

To find out more about our newest facility talk to our team today.

Mainfreight Tauranga
Corner of Truman Road & Maungatawa Link Road
Mount Maunganui 


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