Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region in the North Island of New Zealand. It was settled by Maori late in the 13th century, providing a pleasant climate, fertile land and welcoming harbour (the name Tauranga means “sheltered waters” in Maori). Europeans arrived in the area in the early 19th century and Tauranga was constituted as a city in 1963.
The Tauranga harbour is a valued recreational haven and one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations.
The sunny Pacific Coast of the aptly-named Bay of Plenty offers some of New Zealand’s finest beaches for swimming, surfing and other water sports – Mount Maunganui is among the best known beaches in the country.
Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities with a current population of more than 130,000. It is the economic hub of the Bay of Plenty region, supporting a wide range of manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and horticultural industries.
If you would like to know more about Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty region, please visit these websites:
Tourism Bay of Plenty
Tauranga City Council
Tauranga Chamber of Commerce