Ruakura Inland Port is a 50/50 joint venture of Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) and Port of Tauranga to provide import, export and domestic services with efficient, cost-effective service.
The first 9-hectare stage will open in early 2023 with an initial handling capacity of 60,000 TEU per year serviced by two 800m sidings for the East Coast Main Trunk line, with more than 80 scheduled cargo train movements on the line each week between Metroport in Auckland and Port of Tauranga. A further 8 hectares and 90,000 TEU capacity will be added in stage 2. The fully built out inland port will encompass 30 hectares with a capacity of 1 million TEU per year.
Decarbonisation – economic modelling by Castalia has identified that moving cargoes from road to rail will remove 65,000 truck long haul movements per year from the regional roading network when Ruakura Inland Port is fully developed.
Other operational and sustainability synergies will come from the co-location of import and export companies with high volumes of container movements.
Ruakura Inland Port is operated by Port of Tauranga subsidiary Quality Marshalling (QM).