If you are thinking about moving here, living here and working here you’ll want to know a bit about the infrastructure of the area. The good news is that it is an area with well established transportation networks, direct routes to a major port and with easy access to vital services such as electricity and water.
The region has well maintained roading networks connecting each of the major centres. The main transportation routes from the port of Tauranga through to the East Cape and beyond run through the region, making these networks a national strategic priority.
By road you have direct access to Rotorua, Tauranga, Taupo, Gisborne, Hamilton and Auckland, putting you within easy reach of 40% of New Zealand's population. These networks make the region an ideal location for those who need to access the North Island’s major centres.
Want to travel by public transport? No problem if you are travelling between the major centres, but you will have to find alternatives if you want to get to some of the rural centres.
Intercity Coachlines covers the length and breadth of New Zealand and offers a regular service through Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau. In addition the Regional Council subsidised Bay Bus, which operates a regular service between Whakatane, Ohope, Kawerau, Opotiki and Tauranga (www.baybus.co.nz), is very affordable.
If you need to regularly access Auckland, Wellington and beyond, you can. Whakatane airport has five four direct daily flights between Whakatane and Auckland. Further flight options are available an easy drive away in Rotorua and Tauranga.
We have a direct rail freight link to the Port of Tauranga from Kawerau. This makes Kawerau an important strategic location for industry, with several trains a day linking it to the Port. Rail plays a significant freight role transporting logs, wood pulp, paper and cardboard from Murupara and Kawerau. Whakatane and Kawerau Councils are currently working together to open up more industrial land around Kawerau. This, along with the local plentiful supply of geothermal energy and the rail link to Tauranga, make Kawerau a burgeoning industrial powerhouse in the Bay of Plenty.
Based in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region, Bay of Plenty Energy supplies both gas and electricity needs of residential, business and agricultural customers. Environmentally friendly generation is based on renewable hydro and geothermal generation. In 2008 Mighty River Power opened a new, state-of-the-art geothermal power station at Kawerau, capable of generating at a capacity of 100 MW. The $300 million project was the largest single geothermal development in New Zealand in more than 20 years. Its output significantly increases national generation capacity.
If you are going to establish an export business in the Eastern Bay of Plenty you are well served by easy access to the largest port in the country - the Port of Tauranga. The port has a total of 15 berths, along with two cold stores of 20,000 and 9,000 tonnes, 2.5 hectares of covered storage, 27 hectares of paved container yard, and more than 90 hectares of reserve land for future facilities and storage. There is a direct rail connection with the port from Kawerau.
There is excellent broadband connectivity in each of the urban centres of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, and local government is working to further extend it into the rural areas. A number of thriving ventures based on information technology supply world class services to an international clientele. They have the freedom to operate either from the owners’ homes or from the main centres, where infrastructure and overhead costs are relatively low and there are none of the traffic congestion and other problems associated with working in the larger cities.