Tauranga campus history

The University of Waikato now has a new tertiary campus in the heart of Tauranga city, giving students even greater study options in the region and combining beautiful beaches and a relaxed lifestyle with world-class university study.

We have been active in the Bay of Plenty since the 1990s, when we first formed an alliance with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. In 2001, our first cohort of Bay of Plenty students graduated in Tauranga. The new campus development, which was led by the University of Waikato on behalf of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership, enhances the range of qualifications and study options which are available to students in the Bay of Plenty.

The aim was to provide a world-class, university-led campus to fill the missing link in the network of tertiary campuses in the Bay of Plenty. The Partnership has a clear and strong vision for the facility: a vibrant, exciting and engaging community and industry hub providing targeted undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, with applied research creating solutions to regional issues.

The campus is designed to feature purpose-built spaces for leading academics, researchers and teaching staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students, industry and community collaborations and commercialisation activities.

The campus development has been made possible through the support and drive of the region, especially the key funders: Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust. Read more about the funders.

Welcome to the Tauranga campus