Bay of Plenty
Est. Population: 350,000
One of the more popular regions to relocate to in New Zealand is the Bay of Plenty. The largest city, Tauranga, is home to approximately 160,000. Other small cities with populations included are as follows: Rotorua at 77,000, Taupō at 41,400, and the town of Whakatane 38,300. There are multiple small towns in addition to those indicated.
As the name indicates, the “Bay”, as it is known, has plenty to offer. Tauranga is blessed with one of sunniest climates in NZ, a 21-kilometre, golden sand surf beach on the fringes of the city, and Mt Manganui is a popular holiday spot. The natural harbour weaves in and out of bays around much of Tauranga and provides significant economic stimulus being New Zealand’s busiest port.
Surrounded by primary industries including agriculture, forestry, fishing, coupled with the ports, the economy has grown significantly in the region in recent years. Professional, scientific, technical, and construction services too have grown. Healthcare and education facilities have expanded as this popular region continues to grow steadily.
Rotorua in the same region is a tourist mecca. The city is located on the shores of Lake Rotorua. Rotorua is famous for the spectacular geothermal activity, a draw card for tourists globally. The are 16 lakes in Rotorua making this a beautiful city full of adventure tourism activities, eateries, and much more.
Taupō, the smallest city in the region sits on the shores of Lakes Taupo, NZ’s largest lake. Once again, a tourist draw card and a beautiful area to live. There is much to do in Taupō - hot springs, vibrant nightlife, eateries, walks, boating, trout fishing, and so much more.
At present, the region provides a range of employment opportunities spreading across most industries.