Moving to Tauranga

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Moving to Tauranga

Moving to Tauranga

If there were prizes for aptly named locations the Bay of Plenty, home to the New Zealand city of Tauranga, would have to be a major contender. Situated on the North Island, 200km south of Auckland, Tauranga enjoys stunning white sand beaches and an expansive coastline. It’s the largest city in the Bay of Plenty and is home to around 115,000 residents.

Schepens International Removals has seen a steady increase in the number of expats who are moving to Tauranga, and there’s now a well-established expat network in the region. We’ve been hearing from some of the families that have made their home in this beautiful part of the world. Here’s what they have to say about living in Tauranga:

1. Holidaying to New Zealand Made Us Move Here

Over and over again we heard that relocating to Tauranga all started with a holiday. It’s the kind of place that gets under your skin and before you know it you’re making plans to move there. The culture is very laid back on the Bay of Plenty, and the weather’s warm all year round. If you like fishing, diving or sailing – this will seem like an earthly paradise!

2. The Work Culture is Less Stressful

Many people told us that their working hours, and more specifically their commute, had reduced significantly since moving. The working day tends to start at around 8.30am and end at 4.30pm, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the beach. There’s lots of work around, we heard, but you need to ‘plug in’ to the local network, and there’s no guarantee you’ll walk straight into a job.

3. Mount Maunganui

Just a 15 minute drive from Tauranga is the stunning resort of Mount Maunganui, a beach town at the southern end of the harbour. It’s on a peninsula with a sheltered bay on one side, and a surfers’ beach on the other. At the tip of the peninsula is the dramatic Mauao peak. It rises 230 metres above sea level and can easily be climbed for the most extraordinary views out to the Pacific Ocean.

4. Cost of Living

Most people told us that prices were pretty much the same as the UK. Some items are more expensive but these tend to get cancelled out by things that are cheaper. There’s less choice for shoppers, we heard, although there are plenty of shops in the city. The biggest gripe was saved for overseas travel which is really expensive, and the NZ infrastructure. Really, you need a car to get around.

5. Advice?

Do your homework about the area to move to, and the income you’ll need to support you before moving. Most people we spoke to told us it took them a while to settle – up to a year – but once they let go of the stress, and embraced the chilled out lifestyle they loved it. Oh, and be prepared for costly long haul flights back home.


Speak to us today on 01794 323558 to book a no obligation removals quotation from our New Zealand removalists.


Schepens Removals to New Zealand

Schepens has been moving families to locations across New Zealand for decades now, and we love working in this amazing country. We know that a move to the other side of the world can be overwhelming, so we do everything we can to support you along the way. We’re able to schedule shipping flexibly, and offer either full or part load containers for your goods.

Tailored International Removals to Tauranga

There’s nothing standard about moving to Tauranga, and we make no pretence that there is. Our professional moving co-ordinators work with clients to develop a tailored removals plan that is specific to their requirements. Then we’ll offer a FREE no obligation quote which provides an accurate estimate of the costs involved.



Our overseas removals services include:

  • Packing. If you’d like professional packing services we have uniformed removals teams for this purpose. Otherwise we’ll provide durable packing boxes and materials.
  • Insurance. Your goods will be insured whilst in transit, but we can also arrange for additional Extended Liability and Accidental Damage cover.
  • Non-Standard Goods. We transport antiques, fine art and even pianos to New Zealand. We’ll provide specialist bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
  • UK Storage. If you need to store any household goods in the UK, Schepens can provide secure, climate controlled local storage, and a door-to-door service.
  •  Transport. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Schepens Puts People First

International removals may require complex logistics to move goods across the world, but in the end it’s all about people. Our aim has always been to provide stress-free removals for our clients, and to this end we rigorously train the teams that deliver our services. We take pride in offering a service which gets consistently good feedback, and a regular word-of-mouth recommendations.


Schepens helps clients move to every part of New Zealand including; Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Dunedin and Queenstown.


Thinking of moving to Tauranga in New Zealand? We’re a 4th generation international removals company with 100 years’ experience. Call us today on 01794 323558