Bay of Plenty

This is a beautiful part of New Zealand and combines some of our best beaches and our most fertile land with one of our highest annual tallies of sunshine hours.

The Bay of Plenty is a large basin stretching inland from nearly 260 kilometres (160 miles) of coast and almost continuous white sandy beaches.




% born outside NZ:


Average house price Dec 2019:

Tauranga city: $710,000
Rotorua district: $457,000
Whakatane district $481,000

Median Wage


There are three main urban centres, all within about an hour’s drive of each other - Tauranga with a population of around 115,000, Rotorua (65,000) and Whakatāne (33,000). The region is growing fast, particularly Tauranga which has grown by around 25% since 2001.

The Bay of Plenty is famed for its lifestyle opportunities and a climate that means outdoor activities can be enjoyed year round.

It was named in 1769 by Captain James Cook who found the people were generous and there were lots of fish, timber and other supplies.

Welcoming community

The Bay of Plenty is part of the Welcoming Communities Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori pilot programme, which puts out the welcome mat to newcomers: recent migrants, former refugees and international students.

The Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council are working with their communities to pilot Welcoming Communities in the Bay of Plenty region.

What is Welcoming Communities? | Immigration New Zealand

Welcoming Communities | Tauranga City Council

Welcoming Communities | Western Bay of Plenty District Council

The spectacular coastline of the Bay of Plenty offers all sorts of opportunities for swimming, surfing, boating, diving and fishing. Inland there is a vast array of activities including tramping, white water rafting, and kayaking, snow and water skiing, and hunting. If you have a more laidback lifestyle in mind, there are bush and coastal walks, great fly fishing, golf courses and wineries to enjoy.

Tauranga and Rotorua are also well known for events highlighting food and wine, music including an annual jazz festival, arts and culture, and sporting spectacles. They also have thriving café and restaurant scenes and a diverse nightlife

Much of the region’s output is based on primary production and processing of fruit, meat and dairy products.

Kiwifruit is the region’s largest horticultural export with avocados becoming more important recently. The Port of Tauranga is a major economic force and one of New Zealand’s prime export gateways, and the region is also home to some world-leading boat design and construction firms.

Forestry is a major employer - the region’s Kaingaroa Forest is the largest hand-planted forest on Earth. Its output is shipped to the world from Tauranga port.

Rotorua was an early highlight for many tourists because of its geothermal steam vents, mud pools, geysers and hot springs. Today its sense of being a centre of Māori culture makes an essential part of any tourist itinerary.

The Bay of Plenty experiences warm, humid summers and mild winters.

Average daily maximums range from 9-16°C in winter to 22-26°C in summer, although they can be higher in coastal areas.

Tauranga is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, receiving around 2,200 hours annually. In 2013, Whakatāne, along the coast to the east, received a whopping 2,792 hours.

Many migrants have already made the Bay of Plenty home. The table below shows where these migrants are moving from and demonstrates the diverse population you can expect to find in the Bay of Plenty.

It can be comforting to know there are others, similar to you, who have experienced the move.

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Country of origin

No. of migrant

UK and Ireland




Australia 4,017

Europe (excl. UK and Ireland)

Middle East and Africa 3,642

Now that you know about what the Bay of Plenty has to offer, have a read about everyday life in the region, and services and support you can access.

In this section:

  • Jobs & employment

    Check out the local job market and people who can help, find out where to start looking for work.

  • Information & advice

    Where to go for information, help and support with personal, family, migrant or legal issues.

  • Housing

    What will you pay? Where do you start looking? What about power, water and rubbish? Find out here.

  • Learning English

    Find out more about your options for English language courses.

  • Recreation

    There’s heaps to see and do. Connect with local sport, culture, entertainment and shopping.

  • Education

    Check out the local education facilities - schools, tertiary, English language courses and more.

  • Healthcare

    Find the doctors, dentists, after hours and emergency health services available in the region.

  • Community services

    Get transport information, access government offices, learn about safety in NZ and find family support services here

Events for new migrants

Upcoming events in your region

Events for new migrants are regularly held throughout the country. Gain local insight into finding a job and getting setup and settled in New Zealand.

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Page last updated: 22/06/2020

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