Kirsty and Blair Cashmore have collectively closed hundreds of Tauranga real estate deals over the years but their links with the city and the region go so much deeper than real estate. Both have lived here on and off since they were kids, they’ve been to school here, owned homes and raised a family here, Blair even used to represent the Bay of Plenty in rugby’s National Provincial Championship. In this week’s blog they share the top three things they love about Tauranga.
Size – Take the facilities, business opportunities and infrastructure of a big city and mix it with the community feel and charm of a small New Zealand town and you’ve got Tauranga. There’s no doubt Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty have experienced phenomenal growth over the past couple of decades, it’s not as small as it once was but it’s still difficult to walk down the street without stopping to say hi to a few people. There’s ample business opportunities, top class medical facilities, all types of schools, a polytech and even a university. Classic kiwi fish and chip shops and bakeries still feature prominently but these days you’re also just as likely to find any number of exotic eateries or niche dietary dining options like sushi, Turkish, Indian, Israeli, Thai, Chinese, gluten free or vegetarian.
Location – With the Kaimai Ranges on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Tauranga is both convenient and beautiful. The summit of Mount Maunganui is said to be one of the most photographed places in New Zealand, and you can see why; miles of beaches to the north and south, a vast harbour, bush clad mountains, it’s truly breathtaking and that view never gets old. Surfing, fishing, sailing, diving, hiking or simply relaxing – our landscape and location lends itself to so many activities. It’s a convenient spot too, Auckland is only two and a half hours down the road for those airport, concert or sporting trips and we’re very central to places like Hamilton, Rotorua and Taupo.
Active Lifestyle – Combine the benefits of size with the location and you’ve got a recipe for an active lifestyle. Long gone are the days where rugby, netball and cricket were the only sporting pastimes. If you’re into those though Blake Park is a good place to start, it features a netball centre, rugby fields, cricket wickets, hockey astroturf and the world class Bay Oval Cricket ground which is due to host its first international test match in November, between the Black Caps and England. We have rock climbing centres, a trampoline park, tenpin bowling and lawn bowls, gyms, yoga, pilates and martial arts centres, and for the water lovers there’s the Baywave Pools, Mount Hot Pools, Greerton Pools and Memorial Pools. One active element that sits a little below the radar is the vast network of off road urban trials that meander through parks, along foreshores and suburbs. The Matua Saltmarsh and Carmichael Reserve are just two examples and are great for running, walking the dog or taking the kids for a stroll. The network will be even bigger soon when the Omokoroa to CBD cycleway is officially opened.
Tauranga is a special place that we are lucky to call home and we could go on and on about why we love it so much. The fact 50,000 people have moved here in the past 30 years suggests we aren’t alone.