Living in Tauranga

If you're new to Tauranga, you're in for a treat! Tauranga is New Zealand's fifth largest city and the largest in the Bay of Plenty, boasting miles of beaches, forest, rivers, wineries, great shopping, cafes and heaps of cultural, sporting and recreational activities. We have the country's largest export port and fastest growing population without the large city traffic jams. Horticulture is a thriving industry and we grow a lot of kiwifruit!

Tauranga's also a great place in which to be a student. As well as the relaxed beach lifestyle, the adrenaline-packed activities, the cafes, shops, bars and events, there are plenty of other students to hang out with at the campuses we share with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. The Bongard Centre is located in the CBD and Windermere Campus is located on the southern side of the city, set in 24 hectares of trees and gardens.

While we share the campuses, our programmes and classes are separate from the polytechnic programmes. The University of Waikato in Tauranga offers a smaller class environment than most universities. Everybody gets to know each other and students can interact one-on-one with lecturers.

So choose Waikato in Tauranga – there's no stopping you.

Visit the University of Waikato – Tauranga Campus website.

What do to in Tauranga

Action Central

Beach seekers and adrenaline junkies, you've come to the right place. The University of Waikato is close to:

  • Blokarting
  • Fishing in the inner harbour and ocean adventures
  • Kayaking and white water rafting
  • Mountain bike trails in Tauranga and Rotorua
  • Sailing for pleasure or join a local competitive crew
  • Surfing and swimming on miles of beautiful ocean beaches
  • Tramping and rock climbing in the Kaimai Ranges
  • Whakapapa Ski Field
  • Wind surfing and kite surfing on the inner harbour.

Relaxation seekers will enjoy:

  • Al fresco dining and cafes by the beach
  • Art and craft galore
  • Hot pools and natural hot mineral springs
  • More beautiful beaches!
  • Swimming holes in the local rivers
  • Walks – up and around the Mount, along the beach and around the harbour, in the bush and on the hills
  • Wineries.

Tauranga City

From endless beaches to vibrant city life, Tauranga's got it all:

  • Great shopping with minimal traffic
  • Heaps of cafes, restaurants, bars and live bands
  • Sporting venues with loads of provincial, national and international fixtures
  • Theatre groups, galleries, music and more.

'O' Week

Every year the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Student Experience team puts on a week-long celebration – welcoming all BOP Polytechnic and University of Waikato students – called Orientation or 'O' Week. During the day, activities include:

  • Street Parade in downtown Tauranga
  • Live music
  • Competitions
  • Markets.

After sunset the nightlife takes off as many of our bars and cafes turn it on for the students in downtown Tauranga.

Bay of Plenty events you won't want to miss:

Tauranga Value

Tauranga is the place to come for unbeatable outdoor living and affordable options for students. Jump on the bus and head to the beach for a relaxing, or action-filled, end to your study day.

Rent$100 – $130 a week (approx.) for a shared flat arrangement.
Transport$1.44 for travel within Tauranga urban centres with a student card and prepay Smartride card
$0.00 walk or cycle
ParkingFREE at Windermere Campus; discounted parking in the city at Bongard Centre
Aquatic and Fitness Centre$32.50 for one month
$170.00 for six months
$275.00 for one year
Includes free consultations and access to classes
StudentcardUse it for exclusive disocunts from places such as Burger King, Vodafone and Liquor King.
Check out and get one online.
Food$4.00 Long black at Tay St Beach Café, the Mount
$2.00 Chick 'n' McCheese burger at the 24-hour McDonalds on
Cameron Rd, Tauranga
$2.80 fries and $2.20 pies at Café Rex (Windermere Campus)
$4.50 bowl of fries at Cornerstone Pub, The Strand, Downtown Tauranga
$5.00 meals all day at Wendy's,Gate Pa
$10.00 to share fish and chips on the Mount beach with a friend
BeersFrom $5.00 (Bahama Hut – Thursdays), Harrington St, Tauranga
From $4.00 (Grumpy Mole – Thursdays), The Strand, Tauranga
MoviesAll day Tuesdays $11.00 Bay City Cinemas (Tauranga and the Mount)

Note: These are all approximate prices.

The Greater Bay of Plenty

Tauranga is 10 minutes from Mt Maunganui's fabulous beaches, Mauao (Mt Maunganui), great shopping and just one hour from Whakatane or Rotorua in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Whakatane is renowned for its deep sea fishing and whale-watching, beautiful Ohope Beach and White Island live volcano tours. In Rotorua you can enjoy diverse cultural experiences, soak in the thermal spas or participate in a range of high-adrenaline recreational activities.

To the north, Tauranga is also close to the spectacular Coromandel Peninsula, which offers numerous opportunities for hiking, biking and adventuring with beaches galore.

Find out more about what the region has to offer: