Port Taranaki

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Port Taranaki

Port Taranaki is a port complex located in New Plymouth, New Zealand. It is the only deep water port on the west coast of New Zealand, and is owned by the Taranaki Regional Council. The port handles a wide range of coastal and international cargoes, mostly relating to the farming, engineering and petrochemical industries.

Adjacent features include the city of New Plymouth, the New Plymouth Power Station and the Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area (SLIMPA).

The port is the third busiest in the country after Tauranga and Auckland.

The port was established in 1875, and construction of the main breakwater began in 1881.[1]

In 2007, Port Taranaki became the first port in New Zealand to receive official recognition for its harbour safety management systems.[2]

In January 2013 it was announced that the port's profits had increased and an expansion will be underway.


  1. ^ "The Ceremony of Laying the Stone". Taranaki Herald. 8 February 1881. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Port Taranaki achieves first in harbour safety" (Press release). MaritimeNZ. 16 August 2007. 

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Coordinates: 39°03′S 174°02′E / 39.050°S 174.033°E / -39.050; 174.033