Papamoa

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All About Papamoa

Papamoa is a suburb of the city of Tauranga. Located about 11 kilometres from Tauranga Central Business District. It is the largest residential suburb in Tauranga, having a population of 20,091 according to the 2013 census. It is bordered to the west by Mount Maunganui and the east by the Kaituna River.

Papamoa Beach has a long white sandy beach stretching for 16km. Right from the boundary with Mount Maunganui in the west to the Kaituna River in the east. Widespread settlement of the area did not begin until the early 1980s and prior to this Papamoa Beach was once a largely rural area. Once upon a time, Papmaoa was a rather small community. However, during the summer months, it was often visited by holiday goers and campers.

As of today, Papamoa Beach’s long stretch of paddocks have been taken over by urban development. Having already become Tauranga’s largest suburb, it is still and will continue to rapidly grow. It is currently one of the fastest growing suburbs of Tauranga. With many different subdivisions developing simultaneously on different blocks of land on the fringes of the suburb.

Papamoa Beach is well known as a popular fishing, surfing, and holiday destination. The population of Papamoa (alongside neighbouring Mount Maunganui) grows increasingly larger during the summer months.

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Papamoa Beach

Papamoa Beach

This beach has become a popular destination for beach goers and holiday makers. Thousands of people make their way to this stunning beach.

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Papamoa Hills Regional Park

Papamoa Hills Regional Park

Papamoa Hills walk begins from the carpark and leads you through pine forests, native bush and across open farmland along the way.

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Papamoa Walkways Reserve

Papamoa/Wairakei Reserve Walkways

These pathways are easily accessible and are great for walking and cycling. Perfect for those morning or evening strolls. Paths are central.

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Papamoa Library

Papamoa Library

This library offers wonderful opportunities. Here you are able to begin a journey into a favourite hobby, study a new language, or simply find a great read.

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FIshing off papamoa beach

Fishing Off Papamoa Beach

Becoming very popular and is often visited by fisherman from all over the Bay. This beach is awesome for surfcasting and kontiki's.

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Kaiate Falls Walk and Waterfalls

Kaiate Falls and Walk

A pair of impressive waterfalls with one being a three-tiered upper series followed by an attractive plunge of the lower waterfall.

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Transport

Public transport in Papamoa is solely based on bus use. Of course there still exists taxis etc. However, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council subsidizes regional public bus services making it affordable for all users within the Bay i.e. locals and tourists alike.

The suburb is served by four ‘Bay Hopper’ routes; Route 30 (The Boulevard), Route 30x (Golden Sands Express), Route 33 (Papamoa Beach) and Route GL (Goldline).

  1. Route 30 (The Boulevard) – The Boulevard to Bayfair
  2. Route 30x (Golden Sands Express) – The Boulevard to Tauranga CBD
  3. Route 33 (Papamoa Beach) – Papamoa Beach to Bayfair
  4. Route GL (Goldline) – Mt Maunganui to Papamoa Plaza

Commercial Activity

Near Papamoa Beach is a large shopping area located to the west of Domain Road. This shopping area contains the popular Papamoa Plaza shopping centre, as well as a number of other retailers. Across from the Plaza is another shopping area, Fashion Island (located south of Gravatt Road). There is also a small section of industrial activity located to the east of Parton Road.

Education

Papamoa currently has five schools throughout the suburb.

  • Primary Schools in Papamoa
  1. Papamoa Primary School | Years 1-6 | Coed | Decile 6 – A state contributing primary school and has 615 students as of August 2018.
  2. Tahatai Coast School | Years 1-8 | Coed | Decile 7 – A state full primary school and has 724 students as of August 2018.
  3. Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School | Years 1-6 | Coed | Decile 4 – a state contributing primary school and has 661 students as of August 2018. This school opened in the year 2000 as a full primary (Year 1–8) school; Years 7 and 8 were removed when Papamoa College opened in 2011.
  4. Golden Sands School | Years 1-6 | Coed | Decile 5 – A state contributing primary school and has 598 students as of August 2018.
  • Intermediate Schools in Papamoa
  1. Papamoa College | Years 7-13 | Coed | Decile 5 – A state secondary school and has 1294 students as of August 2018.
  2. Tahatai Coast School | Years 1-8 | Coed | Decile 7
  • Colleges in Papamoa
  1. Papamoa College | Years 7-13 | Coed | Decile 5 – A state secondary school, and has 1294 students as of August 2018.

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