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Tauranga, New Zealand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Tauranga, New Zealand. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Tauranga?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Tauranga, they said:

"Tauranga is located in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand's North Island and is known for its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and outdoor activities. The cost of living in Tauranga is relatively high, with housing being the most significant expense for most people. The city is a popular destination for retirees, which can affect the availability and cost of housing. The primary language spoken in Tauranga is English, but you will also hear Maori and other languages. The city is culturally diverse, with a significant Maori population and a growing number of immigrants from around the world. Tauranga has a strong economy, with sectors such as horticulture, tourism, and manufacturing providing many job opportunities. However, it's advisable to secure a job before moving, as the job market can be competitive. The city has a good education system, with a range of public and private schools, as well as tertiary institutions. Healthcare in Tauranga is of a high standard, with a mix of public and private healthcare providers. Public transportation in Tauranga is not as extensive as in larger cities, so owning a car can be beneficial. However, the city is also very bike-friendly, with numerous cycling paths. Tauranga has a relaxed lifestyle with a focus on outdoor activities. The city is surrounded by nature, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, fishing, and water sports. New Zealand has strict biosecurity laws to protect its unique environment, so there are restrictions on what you can bring into the country. It's important to check these regulations before you move. Lastly, New Zealanders, known as Kiwis, are generally friendly and welcoming. They value community and have a laid-back attitude, which can make settling into life in Tauranga easier," explained one expat living in Tauranga, New Zealand.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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