About The University of Waikato, Tauranga
If you're new to Tauranga, you're in for a treat! The 5th largest city in the country and the largest in the Bay of Plenty region, Tauranga boasts miles of beaches, forest, rivers, wineries, great shopping, cafes and loads of sporting and recreational activities.
Tauranga is also a great place in which to be a student. As well as the relaxed beach lifestyle, the adrenalin-packed activities, cafes, shops, bars and events, there are 10,000 other students to hang out with at the two main campuses we share with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic - the Bongard Centre in the city and Windermere Campus on the southern side of the city.
While we share the campuses, our programmes and classes are separate from the polytechnic programmes. The University of Waikato, Tauranga offers a smaller class environment than most universities. Everybody gets to know each other and students can interact one-on-one with lecturers.
The Coastal Marine Field Station
In December 2011 the University of Waikato opened the Coastal Marine Field Station in Sulphur Point and within a year the premises was extended to cope with a significant increase in research activity. Chair in Coastal Science, Professor Chris Battershill heads the Marine Station which provides the hub for numerous undergraduate and postgraduate research being conducted in Tauranga Harbour and around the Bay of Plenty. Professor Battershill also leads the Te Mauri Moana tertiary research group, responsible for monitoring the long-term impacts of the Rena grounding.
Find out more about student life, accommodation options and recreational activities in Tauranga, and access plenty of useful resources at Education Tauranga. Check out the great upcoming events in the Bay of Plenty.