Tauranga often appears in top 10 lists, both in New Zealand and internationally. Locals won’t be surprised to learn that Tauranga Central is one of 10 suburbs nationwide tipped to boom in 2020. Nestled in amongst Auckland suburbs in the top list, NZME’s Oneroof states that Tauranga is the only regional location in the country that shows a strong improvement similar to many of Auckland’s hottest suburbs.
The contenders for the top spots were chosen for their residential growth and increased development, enhanced by strong transport links. Affordability was a crucial factor in the list, with Oneroof’s property experts urging buyers to think about these areas now and benefit from a considerable increase in value over the next decade.
You only need to take a look at the development in Tauranga’s central city to get a glimpse of the future. Long-heralded as part of the ‘golden triangle’, together with Auckland and Hamilton, central Tauranga is evolving at pace. The University of Waikato’s new campus, creation of laneways to encourage walking and cycling, plus 120 new high-calibre apartments in the old Farmers’ site – and you can see why this buoyant suburb is on the list.
Ever popular due to having a more relaxed lifestyle compared to the hustle of Auckland and with exceptional climate and coasting living, Tauranga’s amenities are now keeping up the pace with the desires of the many kinds of people wanting to move to the area – from young couples and families to retirees cashing up their family homes. It’s always a good sign to see spend on large infrastructure by both central and local government, as it demonstrates demand, while also benefiting current property owners and businesses in central Tauranga.
And with a new Mayor at the helm, who understands the need for change and a planned approach to achieve it, Tenby Powell says that bringing people back into the CBD to live will be critical to success. His focus therefore will be on local government supporting housing and infrastructure first. With a vision to make Tauranga the best small city in the world, you never know, next year, Tauranga Central may take the number one spot in Oneroof’s 2021 list.
EVENTS Embrace the outdoors this summer with events for the kids and worthwhile fundraising.
Kids Go Wild – Family Carnival Omokoroa Sports Grounds, Western Ave, Omokoroa, Tauranga Sunday 23 February: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Bay Rains (Concert #1) The Barrel Room, 26 Wharf St, Tauranga Sunday 1 March: 12:00pm – 9:00pm Super Hero Walk / Run Coronation Park, Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui Sunday 22 March: 10:00am – 11:30am