Cities in the Bay of Plenty

Cities in the Bay of Plenty New Zealand

Sarah Peddie

New Zealand's Bay of Plenty is a fast growing area that has become very popular with doctors and medical staff from all over the world. It is a great destination with amazing scenery, a hot climate, great work-life balance and close to the vibrant city of Auckland.

The area offers up postgraduate accredited training in all medical specialities. It has a new clinical school and two general hospitals which have specialist, registrar and house officer roles. 

We take a look at the different cities around the Bay of Plenty and see what each one has to offer for expats and medical professionals moving down under. 


Tauranga is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty region and also has one of the fastest growing populations in the whole country. It is a central hub in the area and is over a two hour drive to Auckland. 

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There is plenty to do whilst in Tauranga, the waterfront area of the city is always buzzing and has a number of cafes, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. On the water’s edge, there are some tidal stairs which bring the harbour to your feet. Downtown Tauranga offers some amazing scenic walks around the area.

If you are a fan of water activities then this is the place for you. The harbour plays a big part within the coastal city. In this urban area you can go fishing, sailing, diving and even go on tours to see dolphins. You can also check out McLaren Falls or the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.

The city has a hospital right in the centre, this is a secondary hospital and provides level 4-5 services to the public. It offers surgical, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology and mental health services. 

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Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui or “The Mount” is a relaxed beach town which is located at the end of Tauranga Harbour and is a fantastic place to surf. 

At the tip of the peninsula is the peak of Mauao which is 230 metres above sea level. You can hike up this and get amazing views at the top of the harbour and the Pacific Ocean. There are different choices of tracks when hiking the mountain and some are more challenging than others.

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The beach at the Mount gained a good surfing reputation after installing an artificial reef which consistently produces the perfect waves. The reef is 250 metres offshore and sits 0.4 metres below the lowest tide level so it is not visible above the water. It is perfect for experienced surfers as it produces fast peeling and tubing waves. The busiest part of the beach is towards Mauao but if you go east towards Papamoa then you will find a quieter spot to relax.

The Mount has many cafes, restaurants, shops and also naturally heated salt water pools. There is also a Gourmet Night Market where you can find some amazing local produce fresh from the farm.

There isn’t a hospital in Mount Maunganui but if you are situated here then it is only a 10 minute drive to Tauranga.


If you like the sun then Whakatāne is the place for you - it is one of the sunniest towns in the whole of New Zealand and records the highest number of hours of sunshine.

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This town is also known for its fishing with more yellowfin tuna caught here than anywhere else throughout the country.

Whakatāne has plenty of attractions with many museums, an observatory and Māori historical sites. You can go on dolphin and seal tours and kayak tours where you can go around Ohiwa Harbour and Whale Island. It is also the perfect place for camping, surfing, walking and relaxing in the sun.

The town has Whakatāne Hospital which is a public hospital which provides health services to the people of the Eastern Bay of Plenty. It has 160 beds and over 800 medical staff - it offers medical, surgical, pediatric, maternity, obstetric/gynecological and mental health services. 


Here, you can explore incredible geothermal parks, experience spa and wellness therapies and take in the beautiful surroundings. In Rotorua there are amazing forests and the town has 18 lakes. 

With so many lakes, activities such as swimming, fishing, lakeside picnicking, paddle boarding and other water sports.

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Rotorua is famous for its geothermal features which means there are great natural spa remedies. The hot, mineral-rich geothermal waters and mud in the town have become revered for their healing properties. Spectacular geothermal parks are only minutes from the city centre like Kuirau Park which has amazing mud and hot pools. 

Rotorua is world famous for mountain biking and was called one of the world’s best places for the activity by the International Mountain Biking Association.

Rotorua Hospital has around 233 beds and provides children's health, maternity, surgical, medical, geriatric and mental health services. 

If you are thinking about working in the Bay of Plenty then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you find the perfect job.