With a glorious coastline, complete with fantastic surf beaches, Tauranga residents enjoy a laid-back lifestyle in one of the fastest growing cities in New Zealand. It has a vibrant music, arts and culture scene, with many local bands playing regularly in venues around town and a new contemporary art gallery which showcase local talent. There are many fabulous shopping experiences to be had – either in Tauranga city centre or further out in the surrounding areas of Mount Maunganui, Bethlehem, Bayfair and Papamoa.
Tauranga is situated on the east coast of New Zealand, in the beautiful Bay of Plenty region. The Māori translation of the name Tauranga means "sheltered waters". The city is home to a population of 140,000. Just a short drive away from the harbourside city centre are the coastal suburbs of Mount Maunganui and Papamoa, which boast some of the most beautiful surf beaches in the country. A top holiday destination for kiwis and tourists alike, the Bay of Plenty enjoys a mild climate with among the highest annually recorded hours of sunshine each year in New Zealand.
The area has a wide range of restaurants, cafes and wineries. Local adventure attractions include white-water rafting, jetboating, kayaking, dolphin encounters, horse treks, parasailing, skydiving, scenic flights, golf courses and a variety of gardens and museums.
To find out more about Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty, visit:
Tourism Bay of Plenty: www.bayofplentynz.com
Tauranga City Council: www.tauranga.govt.nz