Tauranga is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty Region. In the mid 2000's, Tauranga was New Zealand's fastest growing region in terms of population. Today over 120,000 residents call it home. The country's sixth largest economy, people still continue to flock to Tauranga for employment opportunities and it's relaxed lifestyle.
Situated by the coast, Tauranga offers a plenty of activities and weather to enjoy. With over 2,400 sunshine hours it is one of the sunniest parts of the country. Tauranga and nearby Mount Maunganui accept an influx of holidaymakers over the Summer months. Cruise ships make regular stops and anchor in stunning Pilot Bay, right beside the local volcano, Mauao.
It's not hard to see why so many make the move to Tauranga. Water surrounds most areas, be it the inner harbour and waterways, or the white sandy beaches that stretch for miles. You are never more than 5 minutes drive from the water, or 10 minutes from the beach. So whether you are into water activities, enjoy a stroll along the beach, or love the fresh sea-breeze, this is the place.
The Tauranga has all the conveniences you'd expect from a medium sized town. Malls and movies, to boutique shopping and more cafes than you can shake a stick at. Tauranga's main street boasts a high number of restaurants, right along side the harbour. Nearby Mount Maunganui is palm-lined, and is located on a peninsula with the harbour on one side and surf beach on the other. Sunshine also happens to be a big problem for Tauranga, constantly hanging around and depriving other cities! You can see more on our weather page.
The Bay of Plenty region is New Zealand's largest export hub. The local Port of Tauranga is handles bulk timber, and produce exports for the Central North Island. The Port also handles import traffic for the Port of Auckland when it is over capacity. The port and it's operations, are the region's key economic driver. With it's lush soil, Agriculture is well suited to this region.
Kiwifruit growing and export accounts for 20% of the region's GDP. Timber exports are also a large contributor to the economy. The Port and related industries account for 20,000 jobs in the area. With over 500,000 visitors annually, local and regional tourism is also big business. There are many opportunities for owner operators to carve a niche.
Small business is also a large employment category with over 11% self employed. Business services, retail and tourism make up a large part of this. The region is always looking out for IT professionals, and those with strengths in health, tourism, professional services and trades. Read our Employment section to learn more about what types of roles are in demand in Tauranga.