Campus Life

The Tauranga Durham Street campus is located conveniently in the Central Business District (CBD), the hub of student and big city activity. The building is modern and well-appointed. You’ll enjoy hanging out in the student lounge between classes, where you’ll have access to computers and free wireless internet throughout the building.

Quick facts about Tauranga

  • Approximately 150,000 people
  • Largest port in New Zealand
  • Famous for its kiwifruit and avocados
  • The Mount is for the young in summer – great swimming, surfing and fishing and bars.
  • A number of hot thermal swimming pools to relax in.
  • Excellent sporting opportunities, particularly in cricket, football, hockey, rugby and life saving.
  • Great part time work in restaurants, bars and the kiwi fruit industry

Tauranga Durham Street Campus

Tauranga is situated in the Bay of Plenty and is about three hours drive South East of Auckland and is the fastest growing city in New Zealand.
It has the largest port in the country, so the harbour is the hub of activity and of course jobs.
The Bay of Plenty is well known for its horticulture industry, particularly the growing of kiwifruit and avocados. These industries, along with the excellent cafes and restaurants provide an excellent opportunity to under take the 20 hours work that study visas usually
permit.
Our campus is situated in the University and Polytechnic precinct in the Tauranga CBD. The City will be extensively landscaping the streets around our campus in the next year and it will be very beautiful with tree lined walkways and sitting areas. Our campus has friendly sized rooms with a large common room, leading out to an outside seating area where our students can enjoy fresh air and conversation. This outside space is a
real bonus on an inner city campus. It is only three blocks to the popular “Strand” the street lined with cafes and restaurants
catering for a assortment of tastes. The newly developed harbour area is a beautiful place to enjoy a summer evening walk or a lunchtime break.
Tauranga and the adjacent suburb of Mount Maunganui have the most beautiful beaches estuaries and harbours. “The Mount (Mauao)” as it is known is the mecca for young people during the summer months who flock to the camping grounds and beaches. New Year is the height of the social calendar with the youth partying in the many cafes and bars along the
water front.
Accommodation in Tauranga is usually in flats where a group share a house. This is a very affordable way of living and it is easy to make new friends in a relaxed environment. There are also backpackers, although these tend to be very full in the holiday season, The bus station is two blocks away from the Stellaris campus, and all the Tauranga buses leave from the one place. Students receive an ID card which gives them discounted suburban bus travel.
The airport is very close to the city, just over the bridge over the harbour. There is an efficient feeder service to the main cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Many students choose to travel to Tauranga either by car – their own, shuttle or a rental or bus. The bus service from Tauranga to Auckland and vice versa can be extremely cheap and is well worth exploring as an option. Tauranga offers a relaxed, fun atmosphere, great outdoor activities, a youth culture in summer, and plenty of part time work.