Tauranga, Maori for ‘resting place’, is far from resting today as it is the fastest growing city in New Zealand (apart from Auckland which, because of its much larger population, has its own growth dynamic)

Just over an hour’s drive away, Hamilton’s growth is similar. Since Tauranga and Hamilton are within Auckland’s sphere of influence and are located in the sunny upper North Island, it is easy to understand why these three cities make up the “golden triangle”.

A European trader, James Farrow purchased flax from Maori in 1829 and nine years later, brought land at Otumaetai. At the same time, a mission station was established there. This marked the birth of Tauranga. Today, this Bay of Plenty city is a magnet for water sports of all kinds, especially surfing and beach sports. read more