Why choose the Tauranga Region
AS YOUR PLACE TO STUDY
1. EDUCATION OPTIONS
Whether you want to gain an internationally respected degree or vocational qualification, engage in postgraduate research or send your young children to school, Tauranga has it all!
Tauranga has an internationally recognised University, extensive vocational study options and a high regarded primary and secondary school sector.
Students wanting to learn English also have a variety of flexible programmes to choose from but you’ll find that Tauranga is so friendly, that every day is a learning experience!
And because our academic institutions enjoy a high level of integration, it’s easy for you to pathway from one institution to another.
2. FASTEST GROWING
Tauranga is the 5th largest city in New Zealand and the fastest growing, making Tauranga an exciting place to live. With New Zealand’s largest and most efficient container port based in Tauranga, the region is facing rapid economic growth. This is great for students studying at tertiary level who have a need for part time and graduate employment.
3. CENTRAL TO EVERYWHERE
Tauranga is extremely well positioned. Over 45% of New Zealand’s population live within 200km of Tauranga and Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city is only 2 ½ hours away by car, 30 minutes by plane! Tauranga’s busy airport has links to all major New Zealand cities.
4. FANTASTIC WEATHER
Tauranga has a sub-tropical climate and boasts 2,400 hours of sunshine every year, well above the national average. A mild winter and a warm pacific ocean all add to an attractive lifestyle and give opportunity for the beaches and harbour to be used year round as playgrounds for surfing, fishing and sailing.
5. QUALITY OF LIFE
Tauranga has stunning scenery, with its beautiful beaches and harbour. Its warm climate, wide range of restaurants and other amenities, makes Tauranga an excellent place to study, work and live.
Tauranga is also very welcoming. People of all cultures and religions are welcomed and celebrated in our city. Tauranga prides itself on being safe, respectful and inclusive.
6. ART AND CULTURE
Tauranga has a vibrant and steadily growing art scene. Galleries exhibit the best of local and national talent.
7. CULTURAL HERITAGE
The coastal Bay of Plenty is steeped in cultural and historical significance. Maori culture is evident throughout the region with sacred spots such as Mauao (Mount Maunganui), the Papamoa Hills and Maketu.
In 1769, Captain James Cook named the region the ‘Bay of Plenty’. Captain Cook was referring to the region’s welcoming people and abundant resources.
While quality education can be found in cities all throughout New Zealand, statistics show that living costs in other major New Zealand cities are more expensive. Tauranga is affordable and your dollar will go further here. This means that you can do more for less!
9. AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE
In Tauranga, you’ll find yourself immersed among many New Zealand students. At local schools there is often only one international student per class! This gives you plenty of opportunity to practice your English, immerse yourself and get to know the local culture and make long lasting friendships with your kiwi classmates.
10. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
A number of innovative, high-value and export focussed businesses are thriving in the Tauranga region, making Tauranga a vibrant place to do business. Education Tauranga’s industry links provide opportunities to work with this supportive business community and gain fresh ideas and outlooks.