New Zealand

Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It was settled by Māori late in the 13th century and by Europeans in the early 19th century and was constituted as a city in 1963. Tauranga City is the centre of the fifth largest urban area in New Zealand, with an urban population of 130,800 (June 2015 estimate).

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Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It was settled by Māori late in the 13th century and by Europeans in the early 19th century and was constituted as a city in 1963. Tauranga City is the centre of the fifth largest urban area in New Zealand, with an urban population of 130,800 (June 2015 estimate).

The city lies in the north-western corner of the Bay of Plenty, on the south-eastern edge of Tauranga Harbour. The city expands over an area of 168 square kilometres (65 sq mi), and encompasses the communities of Bethlehem, on the south-western outskirts of the city; Greerton, on the southern outskirts of the city; Matua, west of the central city overlooking Tauranga Harbour; Maungatapu; Mount Maunganui, located north of the central city across the harbour facing the Bay of Plenty; Otumoetai; Papamoa, Tauranga's largest suburb, located on the Bay of Plenty; Tauranga City; Tauranga South; and Welcome Bay.

Tauranga is one of New Zealand's main centres for business, international trade, culture, fashion and horticultural science. The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand's largest port in terms of gross export tonnage and efficiency. Tauranga is one of New Zealand's fastest growing cities, with a 14 percent increase in population between the 2001 census and the 2006 census, though that number has slowed to 11% between the 2006 Census and the 2013 Census. This sudden population growth has made Tauranga New Zealand's 5th largest city.

POPULATION : 124,600
FOUNDED : Settled 1250 - 1300
Gazetted as a borough 1882
City constituted 17 April 1963
TIME ZONE :• Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
• Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
LANGUAGE : English (official), Maori (official), Sign Language (official)
RELIGION :Anglican 13.8%, Roman Catholic 12.6%, Presbyterian, Congregational, and Reformed 10%, Christian (no denomination specified) 4.6%, Methodist 3%, Pentecostal 2%, Baptist 1.4%, other Christian 3.8%, Maori Christian 1.6%, Hindu 1.6%, Buddhist 1.3%, other religions 2.2%, none 32.2%, other or unidentified 9.9%
AREA :168 km2 (65 sq mi)
ELEVATION :Highest elevation 232 m (761 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
COORDINATES : 37°41′S 176°10′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.10%
 Female: 50.90%
ETHNIC :European 56.8%, Asian 8%, Maori 7.4%, Pacific islander 4.6%, mixed 9.7%, other 13.5%
POSTAL CODE : 3110, 3112, 3116, 3118
WEBSITE : Official Website


In summer, holiday-makers travel to "The Mount" to make the most of the beautiful beaches and the great surf. The waters off the coast of Tauranga are good fishing areas.

Tauranga is located at the head of a large harbour which extends along the western Bay of Plenty, and is protected by Matakana Island. The volcanic cone and town of Mount Maunganui stand at the entrance to the harbour, five km north of Tauranga. "The Mount", as it is known, is often regarded as a satellite town of Tauranga, although it is technically a suburb. It is one of the major resort cities in New Zealand, famous for its beautiful beaches and surfing.

The name Tauranga comes from Maori, it roughly translates to "a sheltered anchorage". Due to its sheltered position on the east coast, Tauranga enjoys a warm, dry climate. This has made it a popular location to retire to. During the summer months the population swells as holidaymakers descend on the city.

Much of the countryside surrounding Tauranga is horticultural land, used to grow a wide range of fresh produce for both domestic consumption and export. The area is particularly well known for growing tangelos (a grapefruit / tangerine cross) and kiwifruit. The Port of Tauranga also experiences brisk but seasonal shipping traffic and is a regular stop off for both container ships and luxury cruise liners.

Tauranga i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 95 Willow St, NW corner of Wharf, in the heart of the Tauranga CBD, is the first place a visitor should go for local tourist information, maps, bookings, and tickets. From there, most of Tauranga's top attractions, shopping and dining options are within a 15-minute walk.



The earliest known settlers were Māori who arrived at Tauranga in the Takitimu and the Mataatua waka in the 13th century. Europeans trading in flax were active in the Bay of Plenty during the 1830s; some were transient, others married local women and settled permanently. The first permanent trader was James Farrow, who travelled to Tauranga in 1829, obtaining flax fibre for Australian merchants in exchange for muskets and gunpowder. Farrow acquired a land area of 2,000 square metres (12 acre) on 10 January 1838 at Otumoetai Pā from the chiefs Tupaea, Tangimoana and Te Omanu, the earliest authenticated land purchase in the Bay of Plenty.

During the 1820s, Henry Williams travelled to Tauranga from the Bay of Islands to obtain supplies of potatoes, pigs and flax. In 1835 a Church Missionary Society mission station was established at Tauranga by William Wade. Rev. Alfred N. Brown arrived at the CMS mission station in 1838. John Morgan also visited the mission in 1838.

In 1840, a Catholic mission station was established. Bishop Pompallier was given land within the palisades of Otumoetai Pā for a church and a presbytery. The mission station closed in 1863 due to land wars in the Waikato district.

New Zealand Wars-Tauranga Campaign

The Tauranga Campaign took place in and around Tauranga from 21 January to 21 June 1864, during the New Zealand Wars. The Battle of Gate Pa is the best known.

The Battle of Gate Pa

The battle of Gate Pā was an attack on the well fortified Pā and its Māori defenders on 29 April 1864 by British forces made up of approximately 300 men of the 43rd Regiment and a naval brigade. It was the single most devastating loss of life suffered by the British military in the whole of the Māori Wars. The British casualties were 31 dead including 10 officers and 80 wounded. The Māori defenders abandoned the Pā during the night with casualties estimated at 25 dead and an unknown number of wounded.


Tauranga has an oceanic or maritime temperate climate. It can also be described as subtropical due to high summer humidity.

During the summer months the population swells as the holidaymakers descend on the city, especially along the popular white coastal surf beaches from Mount Maunganui to Papamoa.

Climate data for Tauranga

Average high °C (°F)24.0
Daily mean °C (°F)19.4
Average low °C (°F)14.8
Source: NIWA Climate Data


Tauranga is located around a large harbour that extends along the western Bay of Plenty, and is protected by Matakana Island and the extinct volcano of Mauao (Mount Maunganui). Ngamuwahine River is located 19 kilometres southwest of Tauranga.

Situated along a faultline, Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty experience infrequent seismic activity, and there are a few Volcanoes around the area (mainly dormant). The most notable of these are White Island and Mauao, nicknamed "The Mount" by locals.

Tauranga is roughly the antipode of Jaén, Spain.


Much of the countryside surrounding Tauranga is horticultural land, used to grow a wide range of fresh produce for both domestic consumption and export. There are many kiwifruit and avocados orchards as well as other crops.

The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand's largest export port, with brisk but seasonal shipping traffic. It is a regular stop for both container ships and luxury cruise liners.

Tauranga's main shopping mall is Bayfair, in Mount Maunganui. Most of the city's shopping centres are located in the suburbs. They include Fraser Cove, Bethlehem Town Centre, Palm Beach Plaza, Fashion Island, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Bay Central and Greerton Village.

The following companies have their head office in Tauranga:

  • Ballance Agri-Nutrients
  • Brother NZ
  • C3 Limited
  • Craigs Investment Partners Ltd
  • Dominion Salt
  • Kiwi Bus Builders
  • Port of Tauranga
  • Shuzi New Zealand Limited
  • Trimax Mowing Systems
  • TrustPower
  • Zespri International


Bellevue, Bethlehem, Brookfield, Gate Pa, Greerton, Hairini, Judea, Kairua,Matapihi, Matua, Maungatapu, Motuopuhi Island (Rat Island), Motuotau Island, Moturiki Island, Mount Maunganui, Ohauiti, Omanawa, Oropi,Otumoetai, Papamoa, Papamoa Beach, Parkvale, Poike, Pyes Pa,Tauranga Central, Tauranga South, Tauriko, Te Puna, Waikareao Estuary,Waitao, Welcome Bay.

Prices in Tauranga



Milk1 liter$1.50
Tomatoes1 kg$3.80
Cheese0.5 kg$2.50
Apples1 kg$2.30
Oranges1 kg$2.90
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$4.20
Bottle of Wine1 bottle$13.00
Coca-Cola2 liters$2.30
Bread1 piece$1.25
Water1.5 l$0.73



Dinner (Low-range)for 2$40.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$68.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2$100.00
Mac Meal or similar1 meal$8.60
Water0.33 l$2.00
Cappuccino1 cup$3.40
Beer (Imported)0.33 l$5.80
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$4.55
Coca-Cola0.33 l$2.20
Coctail drink1 drink$10.00



Cinema2 tickets$22.00
Gym1 month$44.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut$15.00
Theatar2 tickets$82.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.40
Pack of Marlboro1 pack$14.00



Antibiotics1 pack$3.70
Tampons32 pieces$3.70
Deodorant50 ml.$3.80
Shampoo400 ml.$4.00
Toilet paper4 rolls$2.20
Toothpaste1 tube$2.65



Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1$82.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1$48.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1$120.00
Leather shoes1$97.00



Gasoline1 liter$1.38
Taxi1 km$1.90
Local Transport1 ticket$2.60

Tourist (Backpacker)  

83 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

263 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By car

Driving routes are State Highway 2 from Waihi, and Auckland via the scenic Karangahake Gorge; SH 29 over the Kaimai Range from the Waikato (also an option from Auckland via SH 27 onto SH 29); SH 36 from Rotorua via Pyes Pa (now sealed all the way); SH 2 from Te Puke, the western Bay of Plenty (and Rotorua via SH 33).

Transportation - Get In

By air

Tauranga Airport has regular Air New Zealand direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

  • ManaBus offers bus services to Tauranga several times a day from Auckland and Hamilton at great value, with fares starting at $1.
  • Naked Bus offers daily departures to most North Island locations, including Waitomo Caves, with fares starting at $1.
  • InterCity stops in downtown Tauranga en route from numerous parts of New Zealand.
  • TwinCity Express, part of the local public transportation system, runs a twice-daily bus from Rotorua to central Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.

Transportation - Get In

By boat

Centrally located in the Bay of Plenty and home to a deep water harbor, the Port of Tauranga is a popular cruise hub with over 85 ships per year. The cruise port itself is actually located in the township of Mt. Maunganui, a laid back beach town, which is 7km north of downtown Tauranga.

From the cruise ship dock atSalisbury Wharf, it’s only a five-minute walk into the Mount's CBD on Maunganui Rd. Many cruise lines also provide shuttles to the town’s CBD (or better yet, to Tauranga's CBD), and all of the attractions in Mt. Maunganui are within a ten-minute radius of the Salisbury cruise port.

In order to reach the city of Tauranga, you can ride the public BayBus Routes 1 or 2 from Mount Maunganui to Tauranga CBD. Bus 1 runs along Maunganui Rd and bus 2 starts on Salisbury Ave, and it takes about 30 (#1) or 45 (#2) minutes to get to the middle of the Tauranga CBD. You should get off at the Tauranga i-SITE visitor centre at Willow and Wharf Sts. From there, all of Tauranga's top attractions, shopping and dining options are within a 15-minute walk. Alternatively, you can take a taxi (~$20) for the ten minutes ride to Tauranga. Or, if you would prefer to hop back on a boat, there is a ferry service between Salisbury Wharf and the Tauranga waterfront, which is run by Tauranga Water Transport.

The Tauranga cruise port is also convenient for day trips to Rotorua, where steaming geysers and geothermal wonders create a fascinating, otherworldly landscape. To reach Rotorua, many cruise lines offer shore excursions which provide transport for the one-hour journey.

Transportation - Get Around

Transportation - Get Around

By bus

Bayhopper bus system is a reliable service that covers the Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Papamoa & surrounding areas. Cash fares (Aug 2015) are $3.20 for an adult, or $1.90 for a concession, and these tickets are valid for any transfer within 60 minutes of issue. A Daysaver pass costs $7.40/$5.30, and allows travel on any bus for the day of purchase. If you plan on using the buses a lot, investing in a SmartRide card may be a good idea. These cost $10 and are available from the bus driver, or the central Tauranga i-Site, and save you 20% on single-ride fares.

Transportation - Get Around

By boat

Tauranga Water Transport operates harbour scenic cruises and historic tours, daily service on the Matakana Ferry between Omokoroa and Opureora, ferry service between Salisbury Wharf in Mount Maunganui and The Strand in the CBD, and other charter services.







There are two main shopping centres in the Tauranga region - Bayfair at 'The Mount' and central Tauranga, or 'town'


People in Tauranga love to eat out. There is a large selection of restaurants to eat at, especially on 'The Strand', which is regarded as the restaurant central of Tauranga.

  • Bella Mia PizzariaDevonport Rd. In the same spot for over 30 years, pizza-pasta Italian restaurant.
  • BravoRed Square. Excellent weekend brunch, lunch and dinner spot in the centre of town. Great restaurant and Cafe food
  • Harbourside. Situated over the water in a historic converted yacht club

Sights & Landmarks

  • Tauranga Art Gallery,100 Willow St, NE corner Wharf St, 10am-4:30pm daily, is one of New Zealand’s newest and most respected regional public galleries. Since opening in 2007, it has consistently delivered high quality exhibitions within its contemporary gallery space located in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD. Touring the ground floor and mezzanine galleries will take an hour or so. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
  • Katikati Bird GardensWalker Rd East (25 min drive north of Tauranga off State Highway 2),  +64 7 549-0912. 10:00-16:30. Lovely old established gardens on the edge of the inner Tauranga Harbour. Mostly formal with wetlands area and walk. Golf cart tours and hire. Great café. Native birds on display including the NZ kea. adult $9.50.
  • Marshalls Animal Park, McLaren Falls Rd.
  • Te Puna Quarry ParkQuarry Rd (off State Highway 2, 15 km north of Tauranga). Previously a quarry, now turned into a park through volunteer work. Free, donations welcome.
  • Located about an hour from Tauranga, near the town of Matamata in Waikato, the Hobbiton movie set  provides a fun and fascinating experience of this famous location in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

Things to do

In summer, holiday-makers travel to "The Mount" to make the most of the beautiful beaches and the great surf. The waters off the coast of Tauranga are good fishing areas.

  • Mauao or Mount Maunganui Summit Track. The volcanic peak at the mouth of the harbour is considered by many the peak to climb. Offers fantastic views of the beach-side suburb named after it (Mt Maunganui or The Mount), Tauranga, and the entire Tauranga harbour area and coastlines. Mauao (meaning “caught by dawn”) is an historic reserve owned by Maori and managed by Tauranga City Council. Tramp to the top or walk around the base track. There are several tracks to the summit. The summit is 232m high – it takes about 40 minutes to get to the top. A circular track at the base of the volcanic cone offers views of the harbour, the ocean, and the town and takes about 40 minutes to complete. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. The summit tracks are just a bit more challenging with plenty of stop overs to catch your breath.
  • Mount Maunganui. As New Zealand'sSurf City, Mount Maunganui has beaches on the coasts that are great for surfing and diving, with large numbers of visitors wanting to experience the laid-back summery atmosphere.
  • The Kiwi Asylum386 Papamoa Beach Rd,  +64 7 218-0355, +64 27 273 2544.Dirtsurfing is for the adrenaline junkie in all of us. All that is needed is a willingness to try this inline board sport. Only your imagination will limit what you can do with your Dirtsurfer. A Dirtsurfer is like a combination of a skateboard and a bike moulded into one.
  • McLaren Falls Park. Summer: 7.30am – 7.30pm; Winter: 7.30am – 5.30pm.McLaren Falls Park is located just 10 minutes’ drive from central Tauranga. The popular park comprises 190 hectares of parkland alongside the picturesque Lake McLaren. It is home to a number of easy walking tracks and is also a great spot for camping, fishing, kayaking, bbqs and picnics. A ranger is on duty seven days a week. Around 300 sheep roam through the grassed areas, so dogs are not permitted within McLaren Falls Park.
  • Walks. The free Tauranga City Walkways pamphlet from the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre details walks around Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. There are also beautiful walks further afield.


As with eating, people in Tauranga love cafes. You will also find numerous pubs around the area. A double spirit will cost $6-7.

'The Strand' is the main area for Tauranga's nightlife consisting of a strip of bars, clubs and restaurants.


  • Krazy Jacks - Alternative / rock club providing live bands - no dress standard enforced
  • The Budda Lounge - Cocktail lounge with some impressive bartenders working
  • Coyotes - Mainstream music with dance on Saturday nights - high standard of dress
  • Crown & Badger - Great pub meals
  • De Bier Haus
  • Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Sulphur Point
  • Mount Ocean Sports Club, Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui
  • Vault Bar, 15 Harington St.


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