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The 5 best places in the North Island to move to


At the heart of the beautiful Bay Of Plenty, Tauranga is home to New Zealand’s biggest cargo port, so there’s no shortage of business and particular jobs here. Tauranga is also adjacent to the iconic Mt. Maunganui and its famous surf beach. House prices are certainly on the up, but if you like delicious avocados and the relaxed beach lifestyle then you could probably swallow that!

It’s the perfect place for younger families to make the move as the town’s median age is 40 and has a low unemployment rate of 3.4%.


For those dreaming of golden sandy beaches, why not make the move east to Napier?  The jewel in the Hawke’s Bay crown, Napier offers both sleepy small-town atmosphere and dynamic urban pulse. Between its renowned Art Deco architecture and attractive waterfront you’ll find a buzzing town at the centre of a region known for its fabulous wine and sunshine. With excellent schools and the right size between big town and small city, Napier is a particularly attractive option for young families. Did we mention the beautiful landscapes and countryside nearby, too?

New Plymouth

A frequent competitor for New Zealand’s sunniest city, New Plymouth is the humming centre of the majestic Taranaki region. Outstanding natural beauty and attractions (none more so than Mt. Taranaki, standing proudly as the backdrop to the city, and the endless waterfalls and forest trails of Egmont National Park) – including some of the country’s most underrated beaches and world-class surf breaks – combine with a renowned local art scene and strong sense of community. A drawback for some and attraction for others, New Plymouth is also New Zealand’s most prosperous oil town, as the service centre for numerous off-shore rigs that bring plenty of money and jobs to the region.


Beaches, bush, and beautiful smiles are embedded into daily life in Northland, Auckland’s laid-back northern neighbour. With some major urban hubs such as Whangarei, plus plenty of service towns dotted around, this lush and sub-tropical region is not as remote as it feels – and, if you want it to, it can feel very remote! Think endless forests, miles-long (literally a hundred, nearly, miles long in some cases) stretches of golden sand, rolling meadows and plenty of secluded coves, bays, and valleys. House and living prices are inflated in some places (thanks largely to proximity to Auckland), but if you have a look around there are many affordable places to buy a home and set up shop, or settle a family. As an added bonus for foodies, Northland has one of the country’s best networks and communities of local, organic, and regenerative farmers and food producers.

Coromandel Peninsular

Coromandel Peninsular invites a different way of doing things. It is closer to nature and further from consumerism. There are no fast food franchises, few traffic jams or shopping malls.  The distinct lack of all these things contributes to a less busy, more uncomplicated place in which to live. The Coromandel Peninsular offers more headspace. More headspace creates greater peace of mind and more time to appreciate the wonders of nature.

It is easy to live through the senses in Coromandel Peninsular – to deeply experience the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and textures of all that is around us. We look through the clear lens of beauty rather than the clouded goggles of stress and frustration. When we are surrounded here by beauty and peace, we experience life as beautiful and peaceful.

Coromandel Peninsular provides an escape from your everyday life, but it is also the opposite. It is a return to your best self, a return to living your best life. It gives you the opportunity to connect with your own good feeling, to declutter from the mundane and experience the things that make you feel truly alive. It is a brief journey to Coromandel Peninsular, but a million miles from the stress and noise of your daily life. Coromandel Peninsular is where you practise returning to yourself, and when you do return to your everyday life, you take your Coromandel Peninsular well-being with you.

A study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research found Coromandel has the best quality of life.

Make your move with Fragile Removals

So whether you decide to relocate to one of our favourite places in the North Island, or you decide to move elsewhere in this amazing country of ours, why not make the move easy with Fragile Removals? Fragile Removals has over 12 years of experience in long-distance removals, so to see how easy we can make moving into your dream home, get in touch with us today!

Stephen Foote

Stephen Foote is the figure behind Fragile Removals, a family operated removalist located in Waikato with more than 12 years of experience in home removals and office relocations in and around Waikato