Tauranga is NZ's fastest growing city, currently 50k people. Its a modern city 2-3 hours from Auckland right on the coast. Its got Mt Maunganui close by, a holiday resort with a lovely beach and a nice feel to it. Tauranga has a nice climate.
My friends have emigrated there from the uk, and its a popular choice for ex-pats.i only had 2 days there but enjoyed the feel of the lifestyle. i wouldnt say its got many big attractions apart from Maunganui, but Rotoruas only 45mins away.