Life in Tauranga

Life in Tauranga

Welcome to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty, an ideal destination in the stunning coastal landscape of New Zealand.

Surrounded by beautiful nature, students can explore and enjoy the local diverse landscape and lifestyle while succeeding in their studies.

Great reasons for living in Tauranga

High Quality of Life

Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty offer a high quality of living and are ranked among the best places to live in New Zealand. Students benefit from a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, excellent healthcare, and a bustling social scene. The region provides a balanced lifestyle that promotes academic success and personal well-being.


Safe and Welcoming Community

Tauranga is known for its safe and inclusive environment. With a low crime rate and a strong sense of community, students can feel secure and supported during their time here. The locals are renowned for their friendly and welcoming nature, making it easy for international students to join the community.


Outdoor Adventures and Sports

Students who enjoy adventure and sports will love Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. Students can enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, and surfing in a mild year-round climate. Taking part in these exciting experiences keeps students active and creates unforgettable memories.


Career Opportunities and Internships

Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty offer a robust economy with various career opportunities across many industries. Local businesses work with educational institutions to provide internships and work experience programmes. This approach allows students to gain skills and real-world knowledge to increase employment success in the global job market.


Thriving Arts and Entertainment Scene

The Bay of Plenty has a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, offering students various options to test their creativity and enjoy diverse performances. From live music and theatre productions to art galleries and festivals, there is something for every creative student.


Unspoiled Natural Beauty

Be captivated by the natural beauty that surrounds Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. Beautiful beaches, clear waters, and lush landscapes offer many outdoor activities, such as surfing, swimming, hiking, and exploring national parks. Students have multiple options to engage in nature and experience the unique plants and animals of New Zealand.


Rich Cultural Heritage

Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty welcome cultural diversity, allowing students to meet people from all over the world. Festivals, cultural events, and multicultural communities create an exciting and inclusive experience. Joining this rich cultural atmosphere allows students to gain a global perspective and develop lasting friendships.


Want to know more?

// Find out about activities and attactions in the Bay of Plenty area.

// Learn about the different accommodation options available for students.

// Read more about local industries and employment in the Bay of Plenty.

// Find more Local Resources for international students.

// Read common questions about living in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty.

// Visit Work Life Tauranga

Learn about the “Homestay” living option for students

Explore a range of homestay accommodation options created especially for international students. Homestay accommodation provides students a safe, comfortable, and welcoming home experience in New Zealand!

Why Tauranga is a perfect place for students to learn.

High quality providers

Use our Local Directory to find out more about the educational providers in the Bay of Plenty area.


Student resources

Read more here about our local resources for international students. We have included FAQs and links to other helpful websites.


Diversity & inclusion

Our local education providers offer a welcoming environment to students of all ages, races and nationalities.


Student Success

Meet Sujin, Sera & Serin

Sujin Park has been to New Zealand three times. She first came here with her husband for a visit in 2003. They stayed for several months and during this time she gave birth to their first daughter, Sera, before returning to Korea. Ten years later, Sujin came back, this time with two daughters in tow – Sera and Serin – so that the children could attend school in Tauranga.