The greater district of Tauranga is the fastest growing city in New
Zealand. This is driven by the warmer and sunny climate and the
lifestyle attributes of the city. Tauranga has everything. Tauranga is
a very young city and therefore heritage sites do not feature greatly.
The Port of Tauranga and the Kiwi Fruit Industry are the two most
significant commercial industries, but tourism and the ‘aged’
industry/care are two very significant economic drivers. The Tauranga
district has the highest percentage of retirees in the country.
The city of Tauranga is able to provide all services that are expected
of a growing city.
From an ‘old’ perspective there are a small number of quality heritage
sites these include The Elms
north of the city and the state highway 1 and Cameron Road on the key metro intersection.
The Aspen Tree is one of the country’s top ten introduced old trees,
and the Post Office
building is vintage and classic architecture.
The Railway Bridge is in use and has a pedestrian walkway attached.
This is commended Walk, made all the more interesting should the walk
coincide with a train.
The War Memorial in the Memorial Park is a compelling monument that in
design allowed for the future????
The churches in Tauranga are all new. The representation is the
Tauranga Methodist Church.
There are two heritage listed Hotel buildings, but the Tauranga Hotel
is the only one continuing to trade.
The Air Museum by the Tauranga Airport is also a must visit.
Tauranga is a bustling, fun loving and interesting place. A two to
three day stay is required to soak up what is on offer.