Papamoa Plaza

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Papamoa Plaza
Location Papamoa, Tauranga, New Zealand
Coordinates 37°24′56″S 176°10′12″E / 37.415646°S 176.170011°E / -37.415646; 176.170011Coordinates: 37°24′56″S 176°10′12″E / 37.415646°S 176.170011°E / -37.415646; 176.170011
Address 7 Gravatt Road
Opening date 1997[1]
Developer Hawridge
Management Hawridge
Owner Tinline[2]
No. of stores and services 37 (30 occupied)
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 14,120 m2 (152,000 sq ft)[1]
No. of floors 1
Parking 596 spaces

Papamoa Plaza, formerly Palm Beach Plaza is a shopping complex in Papamoa, Tauranga, New Zealand opened in 1997.[1] It has an immediate catchment of 17,000 people; this rises to over 200,000 people in the summer holidays.[3] There are 37 stores in the Plaza, of which 30 are currently occupied (as of October 2012).


Palm Beach Plaza (Papamoa Plaza) opened in 1997. On November 5, 2002, part the mall was devastated by a large fire that started in Shane Punjab Restaurant. 3 stores were gutted, and 3 others were damaged. The fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.[4] At 5am on March 12, 2006, a fire broke out in the 'Fresh Fish Market' store. The mall had installed Automatic Alarms since the 2002 fire, which allowed the fire to be dealt with quicker.[5]

On June 16, 2006, the Papamoa Library and Community Centre opened adjacent to the Plaza. The 975sqm building cost $9.1 million to build.[6]

During the summer of 2006-2007 Weber Bros La Jester Circus visited Palm Beach Plaza.[citation needed]

Palm Beach Plaza changed to Papamoa Plaza. Papamoa Plaza is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, increasing retail space to approximately 16,000m², with 40+ speciality stores under development.[citation needed]


Papamoa Plaza is located on the corner of Gravatt Road and Domain Road in Papamoa. There is road access to the shopping centre from both of these roads. On Gravatt Road, the shopping centre is adjacent to the Papamoa Library and is opposite another shopping centre (Fashion Island).

A market used to be held on the grass next to the Plaza on the second and fourth Sunday of every month, run by the Papamoa Lions Club, but stopped operating on September 2014 due to redevelopment at the Plaza. Market organisers were given notice until the end of February, 2015 to re-locate due to the centre's redevelopment.


  1. ^ a b c "Papamoa shopping centre is on market | Bay of Plenty News | Local News in Bay of Plenty". 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Tinline Properties". Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bay's centre of excellence - Property - NZ Herald News". 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Papamoa mall fire causes widespread damage - National - NZ Herald News". 2002-11-05. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  5. ^ Monday, March 13, 2006 11:05 (2006-03-13). "TOP STORY: Alarm saves mall from inferno". Bay of Plenty News. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  6. ^ Friday, June 2, 2006 11:05 (2006-06-02). "Jo stocking up for library's big opening". Bay of Plenty News. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 

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