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Tauranga City Guide


One of the sunniest places in New Zealand, Tauranga is a vibrant city offering a fantastic, relaxed lifestyle second to none.

Whether Tauranga is your intended destination or just a brief stopover on the way to your new home, we have compiled this guide to help you get your bearings on arrival. To obtain more details about the city check out the websites listed at the end of this profile.


Tauranga has a resident population of 106,100 (Sep 2006)) which is 2.6 percent of the total New Zealand population


Tauranga is located at the western end of the Bay of Plenty, on the North Island’s central eastern coast. It is built around Tauranga Harbour, a busy port, and the surrounding region is a fertile fruit growing district. It is sheltered to the west by the Kaimai Ranges and to the east by Matakana Island.


Housing is affordable in Tauranga with the average three-bedroom house on an 800 m² section selling for around $250,000. The continuing migration of people to Tauranga has underpinned a robust property market and created strong rental demand. New subdivisions continue to be opened up and apartment living is increasing


The region’s economic engine-room is the Port of Tauranga —New Zealand’s biggest export port, handling much of the North Island’s logs, dairy produce and other goods. The local boat-design and manufacturing industry enjoys an international reputation.

Tauranga is also home to one of the country's largest exporters, Zespri International's kiwifruit, one of the two biggest fertiliser manufacturers, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, and the fourth largest electricity generator and retailer, TrustPower. The region has excelled in growing kiwifruit and avocado, boatbuilding and marine services, transport logistics, manufacturing, fisheries and aquaculture, and food processing.

Dining Out

Tauranga offers a top selection of cuisine and dining attractions where you can sample some of the finest foods in New Zealand. If you prefer ethnic dining then Tauranga has it all &Japanese, Turkish, Indian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Chinese.

Local Transport

There are flights connecting Tauranga with most New Zealand destinations. Getting around by foot is quite easy as Tauranga is a compact city but there is also a regular bus service. The city has one toll road: Route K is a two-lane expressway, with a $1 toll, which links State Highway 29 from Hamilton, directly with downtown Tauranga. This bypass is the quickest way to reach either the central business district —or access the Harbour Bridge and head on to Mount Maunganui.

Performing Arts

Tauranga is well known for events it holds throughout the year highlighting, food and wine, music, arts, culture and sporting spectacles. The city is home to the longest-running consecutive single-venue jazz festival in the world – the Montana Jazz Festival – held over Easter Weekend each year. With over 220 musicians playing more than 100 gigs at 30 venues, it is the largest festival of its kind in New Zealand.

The Tauranga Arts Festival is held biennially, providing 10 days of performances, events and exhibitions at a variety of venues. The festival attracts international artists with performances ranging from classical to jazz and cabaret music, dance and cutting edge theatre delivered with humour and insight.

Lifestyle and Outdoor Recreation

Tauranga (‘sheltered anchorage’) is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country – but with a shining reputation as one of the country’s lifestyle capitals. It is a vibrant, prosperous and laid back city and the region as a whole provides for a wide range of lifestyles. The city has around 30 main parks and reserves, with some of the finest occupying prime spots on the harbour, with sea views and safe paddling for children. The surrounding clear pristine waters offer many water based activities including swimming with dolphins, diving, game fishing and surfing or if you prefer to be in the air you can skydive, fly or glide!


The Western Bay is well-provided with more than 25 schools along with the large Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, and the University of Waikato at Tauranga.

Tauranga on the Net

Tauranga District Council

Bay of Plenty Tourism

Best of Tauranga

Western Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency


Average maximum temperature in Summer

Average maximum temperature in Winter

Bright sunshine hours per year

Mean annual rainfall

22 Degrees Celsius

16 Degrees Celsius




Tauranga time is GMT +12 Hours. From September to March one hour of daylight saving time applies.



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