The Bay of Plenty (MÄori: Te Moana-a-Toi) is a bight in the northern coast of New Zealand's North Island. It stretches 260 km from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east. The Bay of Plenty Region is situated around this body of water, also incorporating several large islands in the bay. Volcanic Crater, White Island, picture coutersy of Julius Silver
Tauranga is a harbourside city in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand's North Island. It hosts historic buildings like the Elms Mission Station, an 1847 Georgian-style home. A bridge over the harbour connects Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, a beach town with hot saltwater pools and an extinct namesake volcano with winding walking paths.
Tauranga Harbour picture courtesy of Port for the Future
Encompassing everything from good sized modern cities to smaller regional towns along with rural, beachside and lakeside areas, Bay of Plenty really does offer virtually any lifestyle option you could wish for.
With an estimated population of more than 130,000 people in 2017 according to the Tauranga Statistical Information Report put out in May 2018, Tauranga is a small city – but New Zealand’s sixth-largest by population.
here is no best or cheapest place to live in Tauranga—there are safe suburbs and great neighbourhoods throughout the city, each with their own features and highlights. There has been a lot of development in the town, and anyone looking to live and work in Tauranga will find plenty of different housing options, from standalone houses on large sections in the outskirts to more high-density options and some apartments in the inner suburbs.
House prices in Tauranga reached a median of $660,000 in 2018. Renters can expect to pay $400-$500 per week for a small house, with prices rising in popular beachside suburbs like Papamoa and Mount Maunganui which are considered among the best areas to live in Tauranga due to the coastal lifestyle.
There are many primary and secondary schools in Tauranga, each offering a quality learning experience under the New Zealand schooling system. There is no university in Tauranga as such, but there is the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership which has three campuses throughout the city.
To learn more about school performances and to find a school go to Bay of Plenty Education.
Cathedral Cove picture courtesy of 100% Pure New Zealand
Tauranga’s public transport consists primarily of the Bayhopper bus system, which covers the city, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa with regular bus service. Regular commuters can buy a SmartRide card which offers a discount on single-ride fares. Taxis are another option for public transport in Tauranga, and Uber has recently launched there, too. Tauranga has an airport with regular domestic service to and from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and several small regional destinations.
For anyone who has recently driven on the northern motorway past Takapuna, you can not miss our orange beacon on the corner of the Wairau Valley Motorway off ramp