Ports of Tauranga has no immediate plans to gobble up its rival business in Auckland.

Mayoral candidate John Tamihere yesterday outlined plans to sell Ports of Auckland, saying Ports of Tauranga will be in "boots and all" when the company is split, with the business going on the block and keeping the land in public hands.

It could also be sold to interests as far away as Singapore, he said.

Under Tamihere's proposal, the new port owners would lease the land from the council at a commercial rate for up to 25 years to develop an agreed exit strategy.