Are you moving to or from Tauranga, New Zealand?
Address: 141 Newton Street, Mt Maunganui 3116, Tauranga
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Tauranga is to be found in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island, and is one of New Zealand’s favourite holiday centres, with the region’s temperate climate, high sunshine hours and safe, white beaches being a draw for holidaymakers and residents alike throughout the year. Mt Maunganui beach has been awarded New Zealand’s Best Beach for the third year in a row, second place in the South Pacific, and 25th best beach in the world.
As a city, Tauranga is dominated by its harbour and Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano looking over the city. Some 115,000 people live in Tauranga, and this is steadily increasing due to the city’s appeal as a place to live.
Tauranga’s harbour and beachfront serve as a popular New Zealand summer water-sports playground, and added to street markets, cultural attractions, sporting events, shows and exhibitions, provides a mixture with something for everyone.
Within easy reach of Tauranga is Rotorua, New Zealand’s thermal wonderland, where the natural wonders of geysers, mud pools and volcanic craters delight visitors of any age, but Rotorua has more than this, with many other attractions to whet your appetite, such as the Agrodome, Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, Rainbow Springs, Skyline Luge, and Zorb Rotorua.
Visa / Permits
There are a number of types of visa that you may be eligible for when moving to New Zealand. Depending on the length of your stay or whether you plan to work, study or invest here.
The different types of visa available reflect the different Government-funded public services potentially available to expatriates.
From work to residence visas, essential skills visas, and visas for parents and children, check what may be available to you at New Zealand Now.
The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is the local currency, and coins come in denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2, with $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 dollar notes.
When it comes time to convert your money to New Zealand dollars, it’s highly recommended that you do so via online transferal companies, as opposed to cash or travellers cheques. This is because banks are known to charge very high rates when dealing with these.
Crown recommends the services of OFX for converting your money online. People have been known to save hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars through this simple procedure. Visit Moving your Money for more information.
Something else that could come in handy is opening up a New Zealand bank account before arriving in the country. This makes the transferal process of your converted money much easier and again minimises the extra costs that are commonly involved with this process.
There are a number of banks that offer easy, online sign up services, including; Westpac, Kiwibank and Bank of New Zealand.
While there is a public transport bus network in the city operated by BayBus, as with most places in New Zealand, a car is recommended to sample the delights of the region. Tauranga has an airport, which provides services throughout New Zealand using Air New Zealand.
There are many schools in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty, from primary right through to secondary schools, and a list can be found at this website to help you choose. With regards to higher education, there is the Bay of Plenty Polytech.
Tauranga has a main hospital and all the health services you would expect to find in a major city are provided by the Bay of Plenty DHB and a number of private companies throughout the city.
Housing / Accommodation
There is a ready supply of all types and sizes of accommodation across Tauranga, and Crown Tauranga’s experienced and helpful staff have built up extensive links with the local business community, and they will be able to help you find accommodation to suit your needs.
In fitting with Tauranga’s relaxed atmosphere, there is an established social environment, with frequent opportunities to meet people from all walks of life. Because of this unique atmosphere, expatriates do not have trouble assimilating into the wider Bay of Plenty community. Opportunities to form closer-knit groups arise through children’s school activities and events, as well as through sports teams, sporting fixtures, and hobby or special interest groups. There are also a number of reputable singles networks in the local area that arrange sightseeing trips, restaurant dinners and weekend events. For a list of networking groups, this website will prove useful.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.