The name Tauranga, translated in the Maori language, means “a sheltered anchorage” or “safe harbor”. Tauranga is located in along the northern coast of the North Island of New Zealand in a region called The Bay of Plenty. Tauranga is the sixth largest city in New Zealand with a population of 118,200 and is known to be one of the premier holiday locations for New Zealanders and over-seas travelers. Much of the countryside surrounding Tauranga is horticultural land, used to grow a wide range of fresh produce for both domestic consumption and export. The area is particularly well known for growing avocado and kiwifruit. The Port of Tauranga also experiences brisk but seasonal shipping traffic and is a regular stop off for both container ships and luxury cruise liners.
TAURANGA, BAY OF PLENTY
What the British Commonwealth calls “New Zealand,” the Hebrew prophets referred to as “the ends of the earth.” The indigenous Maori know it as “the land of the long white cloud”—Aotearoa. This city, Tauranga, is the “safe harbor” in the Bay of Plenty region.
THE TOWN: TAURANGA 101
Named “Safe Harbour” by the indigenous Maori, Tauranga is one of the largest cities in New Zealand. If you’re a newcomer, we wanted to give you an introduction to the life of the town you’ll call home for the next season:
If you want to go “to town,” the Strand is in the heart of the city centre/CBD and has all the amenities you’d expect such an area to offer: shops, cafes, waterfront strolling areas, etc.
If you want to go to the beach, the best place to head to around here is Mount Maunganui. It has many similarities to the Strand, except it’s the beach. The Mount is an extinct volcano you can take a leisurely jaunt around or try your hand (and thighs) at hiking up it.
*IF YOU GO UP THE MOUNT, WEAR PROPER SPORTS SHOES AND TAKE A BOTTLE OF WATER.
For more info about Tauranga please visit this great Wikipedia Article.