Papamoa Plaza

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Papamoa Plaza
LocationPapamoa, Tauranga, New Zealand
Coordinates37°41′56″S 176°16′59″E / 37.6990°S 176.2831°E / -37.6990; 176.2831Coordinates: 37°41′56″S 176°16′59″E / 37.6990°S 176.2831°E / -37.6990; 176.2831
Address7 Gravatt Road
Opening date1997[1]
No. of stores and services37
No. of anchor tenants2
Total retail floor area14,120 m2 (152,000 sq ft)[1]
No. of floors1
Parking596 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.


The plaza opened as Palm Beach Plaza in 1997. On 5 November 2002, part of the mall was devastated by a fire that started in Shane Punjab Restaurant. Three stores were gutted, and three others were damaged. The fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.[4] At 5am on 12 March 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 16 June 2006, the Papamoa Library and Community Centre opened adjacent to the Plaza. The 975sqm building cost $9.1 million to build.[6]

Palm Beach Plaza was rebranded as Papamoa Plaza.

In 2016, the plaza was undergoing a $20 million upgrade that was expected to enlarge it to 50 or 60 stores by the end of 2018.[7]


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". 15 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Tinline Properties". Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Bay's centre of excellence – Property – NZ Herald News". 13 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Papamoa mall fire causes widespread damage – National – NZ Herald News". 5 November 2002. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  5. ^ "TOP STORY: Alarm saves mall from inferno". Bay of Plenty News. 13 March 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Jo stocking up for library's big opening". Bay of Plenty News. 2 June 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Papamoa Plaza on track to open food court". New Zealand Herald – 29 July 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2018.

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