Tauranga in Te Moana a Toi (Bay of Plenty) is much more than a holiday destination. As the fastest-growing city in Aotearoa New Zealand, it’s an easy place to realise your opportunities. This is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty region, and a metropolitan hub surrounded by coastline.

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Mount Maunganui

Just ten minutes away from the city centre is the beach town of Mount Maunganui. You can climb to the top of  the mountain (or Mauao as it is known) – 232 metres above sea level – relax on the white sandy beach, or spend a few hours soaking in the hot saltwater pools. There are markets, wildlife and cafes to keep you busy all year round.

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Study options

There are lots of different study options in Tauranga — you can gain a Bachelor’s degree or postgraduate qualification, or undertake vocational study.

You can study a range of subjects including Business, Construction and Applied Technology, Early Childhood Teaching, Engineering, Environmental Management, Graphic Design, IT, Marine Science, Sport and Recreation, Tourism and more.

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Career opportunities

Tauranga Moana is the perfect place to have a fulfilling career, now and in the future.

There is demand for agriculture and horticulture, education, engineering, health and social services, hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, freight logistics, and a large variety of construction related trades.

Quick facts about Tauranga

  • 300km of beachfront coastline
  • The fastest growing city in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • One of the sunniest places in the country (average of 2200 hours each year)
  • Population of about 140,000
  • 2.5 hour drive to Auckland

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Why choose Tauranga

Tauranga is central to everywhere, with a warm climate, beautiful beaches, a cafe lifestyle and a vibrant art scene. It’s the perfect spot to live, study, work and play.


Tauranga provides something for everyone. Take a walk along its stunning beaches, meander through its historical sights, explore its hiking trails or sit back and enjoy a delicious culinary experience.


Tauranga is a leader in the horticulture, tourism, hospitality, and logistics industries. They are a hub for sustainable and innovative technology and have an economy underpinned by skilled talent and collaboration.


With an enviable lifestyle, the fastest growing city in Aotearoa New Zealand, one of the best beaches in the world, and award-winning tertiary education providers – Tauranga has it all.

Explore Tauranga

Tauranga and Mount Maunganui offer a lifestyle that is envied by other New Zealand cities.  Check out what’s on offer in the Bay of Plenty by visitng the Tauranga information site.