Nestled along the Bay of Plenty on the northeastern side of New Zealand, the city of Tauranga was originally a Maori settlement and its name is a Maori word, translating roughly as "the sheltered anchorage". Home to around 130,000 people, it's the fifth largest city in the country and forms a peninsula which, as its name suggests, shelters the Bay. There are few cities so dramatically and beautifully situated. Expats living in Tauranga will find the city flanked by the ocean on both sides, with a long, golden beach along one side and the extraordinary Mt. Maunganui, also known as Mauao, at its tip, surrounded by sea and offering breathtaking views of the Tauranga area and the ocean. The beautiful Kaiate Falls, not far outside the city, are another example of the natural beauty that characterizes this part of New Zealand and make a great day trip for expatriates living in Tauranga.
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The city is served by a good road network and there are regular buses from major transport centers like Auckland, as well as to nearby beauty spots that expats in Tauranga can visit once settled. A small airport also serves the city with flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This is probably the most practical route for expatriates moving to Tauranga, although the drive is picturesque and if you don't travel in by land, you may well want to explore the landscape later on. You can get in touch with other expats living in Tauranga or other parts of New Zealand as an InterNations member by simply starting a conversation on one of our forums or seeking out other global minds and expats via our private communications feature. This is a great way to organize an early meet-up or get information useful to expatriates moving to Tauranga. Nonetheless, the city is a friendly one, and settling in should be easy and enjoyable.
As an expatriate working in Tauranga, you're likely to find yourself involved directly or indirectly with the Port of Tauranga. This is New Zealand's largest port and both the trade and tourism that arrives here means the local community is used to global minds and expatriates. In Tauranga, the tourism sector plays a big role, as does the retail and recreational scene which bodes well for any expat hoping to find work in Tauranga. For any general information on expatriation, InterNations members can check out our online Expat Magazine. We've got articles on everything from expat insurance to working abroad, which should more than cover any issue expats in Tauranga are likely to face. You can also browse articles by other InterNations members for hints, tips and anecdotes. Any expatriation questions that do come up should be easily answered by this information or the friendly local population.