The Bay of Plenty (Te Moana-a-Toi)
There are two SSNZ offices in the Bay of Plenty. Visit the regional pages or contact the SSNZ co-ordinator directly.
The Bay of Plenty is a large coastal basin on the North Island’s eastern side which combines some of the country’s best beaches, arable land, and climate.
An arc of approximately 260 kilometres of coastline is formed of almost continuous white sandy beaches. These are broken at fairly regular intervals by rivers that in some cases end in substantial harbours. The largest of these harbours is the site of Tauranga, the largest city in the Bay with a population of around 120,000.
90 km east from Tauranga is the town of Whakatane with its coastal resort satellite at Ohope Beach. Another 60 km east is Opotiki – and then the East cape region begins. Inland from all of them, all the way along, is fertile horticultural land with a generally reliable climate, and on the western side of the region is Rotorua, the second largest city.
Both Tauranga and Rotorua are significant settlement destinations for new migrants, and each has its own SSNZ office and page on this site. However the regional comparison data used in the compare regions section uses government statistics based on the entire region. That is, the comparisons are between regions, not between cities or towns within regions.
Use the links provided for more on each of these two Bay of Plenty cities.
The government also provides support for newcomers to create their own local networks.
To find out more, visit the Bay of Plenty Newcomers Network.
The Newcomers Network is supported by Settling In, an initiative of Family and Community Services (Ministry of Social Development).