Te Puke is "the Kiwifruit capital of the world" and the whole town services the surrounding areas orchards. Not only Kiwifruit but Avocardos and citrus are grown in the Bay of Plenty region.
The town has about 6000-7000 inhabitants but if you include the rural area you'll be up around 9000 (at last count).
Te Puke shopping is pretty compact along an easy to walk main street which is also the main highway (2) from Tauranga city to Rotorua or Whakatane. These locations are about 45-60mins drive away.
The splendid beaches of Papamoa or Pukehina are only about 20mins drive from Te Puke, and the main beach at Mount Maunganui is about 30mins up the road.
The western side of the town is bordered by the Papamoa Hills, a regional parkland accessable by the public. The moderate 40 min climb to the top of the hills rewards you with an expansive view of the Western Bay coastline laid out before you.
The area is steeped in Maori history due to the nearby town of Maketu being the landing point of one of the original canoes. There is much evidence of historical Pa (village) sites and many Marae (meeting houses) are still dotted around the area and serving the communities of local Iwi (tribes).
The city of Tauranga is the largest coastal city in the Bay of Plenty region and although it has typically been a place to retire to, it's growing rapidly and there is plenty to see and do fo…