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Your comprehensive guide to moving to Tauranga

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Your comprehensive guide to moving to Tauranga
Moving to TaurangaMoving to Tauranga
Moving overseas
August 4, 2020
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Everything you need to know to get settled in Tauranga

Relocating to a new country may seem a daunting prospect, with much to do before you leave. Relax and let our team of international removalist experts get you settled and feeling like a local.

Need an international removalist? Trust your move from Australia to Tauranga to the team from WridgWays. We've been relocating people across the 'ditch' for many years.

We've prepared our Tauranga guide to help you adjust to life in the Bay of Plenty region.


A life on the water

Tauranga is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty and is picture perfect. The city is growing rapidly, however it still retains a pleasant community feel with young professionals and families attracted to the area. It is no wonder people are drawn to the relaxed city to enjoy a life on the water, with the urban area is set on or around the waterfront and provides ample opportunity for an active lifestyle.

The city is located near the Mount Maunganui Beach, one of the top 25 beaches in the world, and a drawcard for day trippers from Auckland and tourists alike.


Enjoy a subtropical climate

Tauranga enjoys a subtropical, or oceanic climate. Summer is warm and dry, with an average maximum daily temperature of 28ºC, perfect for spending the days on the water in the Bay of Plenty or on Tauranga Harbour!

Winter is mild, with a maximum average temperature of 15ºC in July. Night time temperatures can be cold, with the temperature dipping to as little as 1-2ºC.


Bay of Plenty's largest shopping precinct

Tauranga is home to the largest shopping precinct in the Bay of Plenty, with 300 shops and department stores. You will find everything you could possibly need including clothing, homewares and food stores. While Mount Maunganui offers a range of smaller boutique shops with fashion and unique arts and crafts.


The Tauranga Market is held every Saturday at Tauranga Primary School. The Little Big Market takes place on the first Saturday of every month. And in summer the Gourmet Night Markets are held at Coronation Park, 5pm to dark, each Friday from December to March.


Explore your culinary options

Given the population growth, there is constantly new dining and food options popping up around Tauranga and the Mount region. You won't be short on cafes, restaurants offering  a range of local and international cuisines, patisseries, wine bars and breweries. And given its location on the water fresh fish, straight from the ocean is a popular choice. Visit the area around Devonport Road and the Strand for options local to Tauranga, and Maunganui Road for options in the Mount Maunganui region.  

If you love a good market, and who doesn't, Tauranga Farmers Market is popular and the Gourmet Night Markets run through the summer months.

Visa and Employment

Let the experts help

Our team can help you with everything you need for your move, including any visa and immigration assistance. Our immigration service experts can help guide you through the entire visa process, from your initial application to submitting your forms. We can help individuals and organisations with relocate their employees.


A beautiful place to live

Tauranga and the surrounding region is growing rapidly as people are attracted to a laid-back lifestyle. There are great neighbourhoods spread throughout Tauranga and the surrounding region, all you need to do is decide which to call home. Popular suburbs include:

  • Mount Maunganui
  • Papamoa
  • Otūmoetai
  • Gate Pā

Our tip: Prices are more expensive the closer you live to the water. If you are looking to buy, try going back a few blocks.


A world-class education system

The New Zealand education system has a reputation for excellence. When you move with children, often your first priority is to find a school. Visit the Education Counts website for information on schools in your area, contact details and to find out whether it falls into an enrolment zone. Once you are ready to enrol, contact the preferred school directly.

For more information on the New Zealand school system and what to expect, visit the New Zealand Now website.


An extensive bus system

Tauranga has an extensive bus network, managed by the Bay of Plenty Council. The Bayhopper Network runs 26 bus routes through the Tauranga and Western Bay region. The network runs seven days a week and during all public holidays, except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Use a Bee Card to travel the network easily.


A quality healthcare system

Healthcare in New Zealand is modern and you can expect quality. Tauranga is serviced by a public and private hospital. If you are seeking a GP, visit the Bay of Plenty District Health Board website for a comprehensive list and details.

In an emergency, always call 111.

Cost of Living

Understanding the difference

Moving to a foreign country can be challenging, and exciting at the same time. It always pays to prepare yourself to understand costs associated with every day living, even if you expect them to be similar with the country you are moving from. By undertaking research you will ensure there are no unexpected surprises.

We recommend visiting a website such as Numbeo to compare cost of living expenses, or check your expenses using the New Zealand Now website.

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