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Māori: Te Rae o Pāpāmoa
Looking towards Mayor Island down Domain Rd from the Papamoa Hills
Looking towards Mayor Island down Domain Rd from the Papamoa Hills
Country New Zealand
Local authority Tauranga
Electoral ward Mount Maunganui/Papamoa
 • Total 25,272
Arataki (Bay of Plenty)
Māori: Te Rae o Pāpāmoa
Kaitemako Otawa, Te Puke Maketu

Papamoa or Papamoa Beach is a suburb of Tauranga, located about 11 kilometres from the city centre. It is the largest residential suburb in Tauranga. It is bordered to the west by Arataki and Mount Maunganui (east of Sunrise Avenue and Hibiscus Avenue), the east by the Kaituna River (separating it from the Western Bay of Plenty District) and to the south by State Highway 2.

Name issues

The suburban area of "Papamoa" as it is commonly referred to today is actually situated at "Papamoa Beach." Strictly geographically speaking, "Papamoa" is actually located closer inland towards the Papamoa Hills, in an area covered by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council. Papamoa (situated at Papamoa Beach) can be split into two areas: Papamoa East and Papamoa West. Legally speaking Domain Road separates Papamoa West from Papamoa East, although to many locals Papamoa East starts on the Eastern side of Parton Road. Papamoa East (of Parton Road) in the 1970s and 1980s used to be seen as more of an alternative place to live, a bit like the Coromandel Peninsula.


Public transport in Papamoa Beach solely consists of bus services. The suburb is served by three 'Bay Hopper' routes; Route 30 (Mount Maunganui - Papamoa ), Route 33 (Tauranga - Papamoa via the Harbour Bridge), and Route 36 (Tauranga - Papamoa via Maungatapu Bridge).



Papamoa Beach has a large shopping area located to the west of Domain Road,. There is a small section of industrial activity located to the east of Parton Road.


Papamoa Plaza, a shopping centre covering 14,120 m², opened in 1997. It has 650 carparks and 39 shops, including Countdown and The Warehouse.

Fashion Island, another shopping centre covering 3,315 m², opened in 2006. It has 20 stores.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 16,176 —    
2013 19,344 +2.59%
2018 25,272 +5.49%

Papamoa, comprising the statistical areas of Pacific View, Palm Beach North, Palm Beach South-Gravatt, Papamoa Beach North, Doncaster, Papamoa Beach South, Motiti and Wairakei, had a population of 25,272 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 5,928 people (30.6%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 9,096 people (56.2%) since the 2006 census. There were 9,006 households. There were 12,300 males and 12,972 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.95 males per female, with 5,805 people (23.0%) aged under 15 years, 3,963 (15.7%) aged 15 to 29, 11,232 (44.4%) aged 30 to 64, and 4,275 (16.9%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 85.3% European/Pākehā, 17.2% Māori, 2.8% Pacific peoples, 6.4% Asian, and 2.3% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 22.7%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 56.6% had no religion, 30.6% were Christian, 0.8% were Hindu, 0.3% were Muslim, 0.4% were Buddhist and 4.4% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 3,579 (18.4%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 3,405 (17.5%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 9,612 (49.4%) people were employed full-time, 2,892 (14.9%) were part-time, and 645 (3.3%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Median age Median income
Pacific View 3,015 40.6 years $34,300
Palm Beach North 3,201 32.9 years $30,900
Palm Beach South-Gravatt 3,750 51.7 years $30,800
Papamoa Beach North 2,790 34.1 years $33,100
Doncaster 3,159 36.1 years $31,200
Papamoa Beach South 2,700 39.1 years $31,400
Motiti 3,312 39.9 years $36,700
Wairakei 3,345 36.2 years $34,700
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800


Papamoa College is a co-educational state secondary school for Year 7 to 13 students, established in 2011, with a roll of 1,464.

Papamoa has three co-educational state primary schools for Year 1 to 6 students: Papamoa Primary School, with a roll of 526; Golden Sands School, established in 2011, with a roll of 435; and Te Okuroa Drive School, opening in 2021.

Tahatai Coast School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 6 students established in 1996, with a roll of 748.

Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School is a co-educational state primary school established in 2000, with a roll of 468. The school originally took Year 1 to 8, but removed Year 7 and 8 when Papamoa College opened.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kura Kokiri is a co-educational Māori language immersion state primary school, with a roll of 275.

Suzanne Aubert Catholic School is a state integrated Catholic primary school which is due to open at the beginning of 2021.

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