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Living in Tauranga | All the Keys for Moving to this City
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Living in Tauranga | All the Keys for Moving to this City

Charlotte Koks
Charlotte Koks

If you are considering studying and working in New Zealand, Tauranga is one of the best cities you can choose to live in. Located on the shores of the Northern Island, it is a prosperous place filled with opportunities. Furthermore, its quality of life is almost unbeatable. Here, you’ll find all the necessary information to live the adventure of your life in Tauranga. Take a look and get ready to plan the trip that will change your life.

Living in Tauranga | All the Keys for Moving to This City

So, if you’re reading this, you’re probably already half in love with this city. Still, we’d like to give you an introduction to this destination.

Style and Quality of Life

Style and quality of life in Tauranga

Being a coastal city, Tauranga is one of the most important and prosperous cities in New Zealand. That’s possible since it has  one of the largest ports in the country.Therefore, it is one of the main business and export points of New Zealand. Hence, the style and quality of life are very good.

Not surprisingly, the unemployment rate is less than 5%, and job offers are as abundant as the kiwis and avocados produced in Tauranga. Living in Tauranga during the winter may make it difficult for you to find a job. But, in the hospitality sector, they are always looking for people to work with.

Also, life in New Zealand, especially in Tauranga, is very relaxed. Its inhabitants are characterized by their kindness and hospitality. They will greet you with a big smile and make you feel at home. Enjoy the perks of living in a big but also quiet city.

Weather in Tauranga


In Tauranga, the temperature during the year usually oscillates between 7 and 24 ° C. In general, the thermometer does not drop below 3 ° C or rise above 30 ° C. For example, the hottest day of the year is January 29, with temperatures a little higher than 24 ° C. On the other hand, the coldest day is July 14, a temperature of 7 ° C.

When living in Tauranga, you must prepare yourself to deal with the four seasons during the year. In spring, from September to November, the temperature rises and falls between 5 and 24 ° C, accompanied by winds that will cool you down a bit. From December to February, summer is warm and dry, with temperatures 10 to 30 ° C.

Costs of Living in Tauranga

Cost of living in Tauranga

Determining the exact cost of living in Tauranga is somewhat complicated since it depends on many factors: the area in which you live, the home you have rented, your monthly expenses, etc. However, we made a budget based on our Experience Managers and got to this conclusion: approximately NZD 915.

We included what will be your main expenses: accommodation, food, and transportation. For example, renting a room in an average area of the city can vary between NZD 80-100. Your monthly supplies can cost approximately NZD 320. To move around, you may need up to NZD 115.

We must insist: these numbers are just for reference. Life in Tauranga can be much cheaper or expensive. At the end of the day, that will depend on you.  With a good administration, you’ll be able to live comfortably in Tauranga.

How to save money

If you want to live in Tauranga comfortably without spending a lot of money per month, you must learn to manage and save; Therefore, along with our Experience Managers, we’ve prepared some tips that can be very useful to you. Have a look!

  • Choose your place of living very carefully. To live in Tauranga and spend little, you must choose a zone and an accommodation that adjusts well to your budget.
  • Get a roomie. Life in Tauranga is more fun with a flatmate; besides sharing experiences, you two (or three or as many as you like) can divide expenses.
  • Shop at local markets. Here you can get fresh and seasonal products at the best price. Also, hunt for sales and discounts at supermarkets.
  • If you’d like to administer your money properly to live in Tauranga, open two bank accounts. In one, put the money you need to cover the expenses for your stay and in the other, the money you need to save or spend on you.
  • Avoid taking cabs since it can be expensive. Take the bus, rent a bike or walk instead.

If you apply these tips, we can assure you that your life in Tauranga will be full of comforts and free from complications. Of course, you must learn to save and manage your money since, thus, you will be able to make ends meet without dying in the attempt.

Working in Tauranga

Keys to finding a job in Tauranga

If, in addition to living in Tauranga, you want to work, you must know what are the most searched for jobs in the land of the kiwis. For that reason, we prepared a list of 15 jobs in demand and, besides, well paid. Get to know them!

  • Chef
  • Electrician
  • Plumber and gas installer
  • Mechanic
  • Builder

If you have professional training in any area, you can also get a job in Tauranga. For example, in these job fields there are vacancies available for foreign nationals arriving in New Zealand.

  • Civil engineer
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Elementary and secondary school teacher
  • Programmer

If you like none of these jobs or they are not your strong suit, don’t worry… We have for you a selection of unusual trades in high demand in the country of kiwis. Plus, they are  very well-paying jobs.

  • Horse breeder
  • Ceramist
  • Locksmith
  • Baker
  • Lawn cultivator

Thanks to these trades, your life in Tauranga can be full of comforts because, we insist, they are very well paid jobs. However, if these jobs are not your thing, don’t worry! In Tauranga you can find the ideal job. It all depends on your desire and attitude.

Requirements for Working in Tauranga

Living and working in Tauranga may appear complicated at first glance, but it is easier than it seems. All you need is to put into practice these tips that we prepared with our Experience Managers. Check them out!

  • Visit temporary work agencies. In these job agencies, you can discover the offers of the different employers in Tauranga.
  • Take a look at your social networks. On Twitter and Facebook, for example, you can find many advertisements. Also, create a super attractive profile on Linkedin.
  • Hunt offers on specialized websites. If you want to live and work in Tauranga, check out websites like Trademe,BackpackerBoard, Seek y Pickingjobs.
  • Hand out resumes. It may not seem like a very millennial thing to do to you, but if you prepare a very attractive CV and deliver it to stores or cafes, you can get a good job.
  • Network. If you’ve already made some friends in Tauranga, be sure to ask if they can help you get a job in the city.

If you follow these tips, have a lot of attitude and don’t give up you will earn money and a lot of work experience while living in Tauranga. Research the different job offers in the city and prepare to land a job that you love.

Accommodation and Transportation 

Choose carefully where you'll live!

Before moving to Tauranga, you should know all the accommodations available in the city and how to move around. For that reason, this information we have prepared for you will be of use. Take a peek!


First of all, you should know that Tauranga is not a very big city. Therefore, you can easily transport yourself by bicycle or on foot. However, if exercise is not your strong suit while living in Tauranga, you can take the bus to go from one place to another. The BangBus company has 12 lines throughout Tauranga.

The ticket costs NZD 5.21. If you buy a Smart Ride card, you can save a lot of money. This reloadable card costs NZD 15.34, and with it, you can buy a ticket for just NZD 4.17. The difference may seem minimal, but do the math, and you will see that you can save a lot.

Best Zones for Living in Tauranga and Going Out

If you have already decided to live in Tauranga (as we’re sure you have), you should choose an area that suits your taste and budget. For that reason, we have ready here for you a list of the best areas to live and go out in Tauranga. Each one has its own charm, so take a look and find the one that suits you best.

Tauranga City

Tauranga City, better known as the city center, is one of the best areas to live and go out in Tauranga. Here, you will find the well-known suburbs of Bethlehem, Greerton, and Mount Maunganui. In addition, there is a super attractive offer of cafes, bars, restaurants, and clubs in the best beach style.

Tauranga South

Tauranga South is one of the best-communicated areas to live and go out in Tauranga. This is because it is very close to the center. So you, at your fingertips,  have shops, supermarkets, restaurants… Although life in this area of Tauranga is excellent, the price of housing is quite high.

Welcome Bay

Located 7 kilometers from the center, you will find Welcome Bay, another of the best suburbs to live in Tauranga. In this area, there are numerous shops and several schools. Also, being in the interior of the bay, there are many routes for you to practice hiking and biking, hot springs, and much more.


Otumoetai is yet another of the best areas to live in Tauranga. Here, you will find a wide range of accommodation as there are many houses, but, over the years, many buildings have also been built. In addition, there are several schools in the suburb and in other adjacent suburbs.


Located 11 kilometers from downtown, Papamoa is one of the best and most popular areas to live in Tauranga. Why? Because it is on the edge of the beach! In addition, it is one of the largest and most important suburbs in the city. Here, you can find shops, restaurants, and a coastal landscape that is worth 1 million dollars.


Things to Do in Tauranga

Best spots in Tauranga

Tauranga is a seaside city, so life in Tauranga is full of fun in the sun. Surfing is one of the most popular activities here, but you can do a lot more. You can kitesurf or kayak, dive, fish, and even take a boat trip to spot dolphins, seals, turtles, or killer whales.

In addition, New Zealand is a mecca for extreme sports and this city is the best example. Living in Tauranga, your life is going to be full of adrenaline. For example, if you go into the mountains, you can climb, go mountain biking, or get on a raft to go rafting.

If you need a break from sports, you can head downtown to enjoy a good meal and a very cold drink. If not, you can take a tour of the aviation museums and art galleries, or go to the port to watch the sunset. Let us tell you that the best sunsets are seen in the country of kiwis.

Interesting Spots to Visit

Best zones for fun in Tauranga

In Tauranga, there is a lot to see and do. You’ll never get bored! However, we dared to prepare a selection for you with 5 places that you should see as soon as you come to live in Tauranga. They are essential attractions, so get to know them and include them in your travel itinerary.

Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is one of the places that you simply cannot miss if you decide to live in Tauranga. At the base of this 232-meter high extinct volcano, you will find a beach where you can take a dip. If it is not for you, you can take one of the trails and climb to the top to enjoy the scenery.

Tauranga Historic Village

If you want to take a step back in time to see what life was like in Tauranga in past centuries, you must visit the Tauranga Historic Village. There are old restored buildings and replicas that, today, are part of Tauranga’s heritage. In this way, you can see the evolution of the city from its origins to the present.

McLaren Falls

If you want to get in touch with nature, you must visit the McLaren waterfalls during your stay in Tauranga. During your walk through McLaren Falls Park, you will find many wells where you can take a dip to rest from the walk. If not, pack your tent and spend a night under the stars.

Papamoa Beach

Papamoa beach is, without a doubt, the best beach in Tauranga. Here, you can spend a lazy day lying on the white sand or swimming in the turquoise blue water. If not, you can take advantage of the wind to practice kitesurfing and windsurfing, or you can hop on a boat to spend the day fishing.

Robbins Park

Robbins Park is at the north end of the city’s boardwalk and is a beautiful place to enjoy the Tauranga scenery. Here, you will find colorful flowers and plants of different species; however, the display of roses and orchids are one of the biggest draws.

Learn a New Skill in Tauranga

If you decided to live in Tauranga, you can’t miss the opportunity to learn a new skill! As is the case in all of New Zealand, Tauranga offers many vocational courses. To sign up you don’t need any previous professional education in the area. And, they are useful to acquire useful skills that will help you land a job and remain in this wonderful city! Keep in mind yhat you can also take up the oportunity and acquire a college degree in New Zealand with us. Have a look!

Also, if it’s working in Tauranga what you are interested in, check out this article!

Living in Tauranga with GrowPro

Now that you know everything about living in Tauranga, you only have one thing to do: organize your trip. If you need help, you should seek the advice of people you trust and, therefore, we are your best allies. With GrowPro Experience, you can live the adventure of your life in Tauranga.

As you can see, we offer the opportunity to learn English abroad from the best of the best, but that’s not all. With our team, you can get personalized advice to plan your trip from start to finish: enroll in a certified school, request your student visa and much more.

Go ahead and visit our website and learn about all the educational experiences we have for you. We can assure you that if you decide to live in Tauranga with the help of GrowPro, you will not regret it.

About the author

Charlotte Koks
Charlotte Koks

Hey there! My name is Charlotte, and I'm working as an International Project Manager at GrowPro Experience. My goal is to help students all around the world to live the experiences of a lifetime 🙌🏽. I'm trying to inspire students by means of telling the story of former growers, showing what we are doing at each destination and writing about our cities and tips on our blogs. I got a big passion for adventures, doing sports in the park, learning new languages and seeing new places 🌏. That's one of the reasons why I studied European Studies and why I currently work for GrowPro, to expand my horizons. Hopefully, I can inspire you to do the same!

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