Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.
The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.
The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.
Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.
Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.
Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.
Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.
Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.
The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita.
The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.
Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.
Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.
The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.
There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.
Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.
Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.
Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.
The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.
In February 2019, government announced funding to build a new all-season, all-tides harbour in Ōpōtiki. With construction of the harbour set to be completed later this year, Ōpōtiki District Council commissioned a report into whether the harbour is meeting expectations and delivering on its intended economic and social benefits.
Ōpōtiki’s new harbour was the culmination of a 20-year vision in Ōpōtiki, with wide community support and in partnership with local iwi, Whakatōhea, who have an extensive aquaculture industry developing off the coast.
Central government’s approval of funding for the harbour was based on projections for economic growth, improvements in employment, incomes and wellbeing. The intention was that the harbour would unlock the potential in the offshore aquaculture industry and provide the catalyst for significant economic change in the district.
Ōpōtiki Councillor, Barry Howe, said that the early benefits of the harbour were already being felt throughout the eastern Bay of Plenty.
“The $100million harbour is a huge piece of infrastructure; one of the single largest pieces of non-roading infrastructure build in New Zealand for generations. And looking at the progress on site, it is exciting to see how close we are to being able to use it.
“But the harbour isn’t there to just look good and be great for local boaties. The government has invested in our vision for the harbour and that is for it to be transformational. We have a new and growing industry on our coast and the harbour is the way we make the most of that. It is designed to ‘pay its way’ by changing the fortunes of our communities,” Councillor Howe said.
The report, Te Ara Moana a Toi, Initial Benefits Assessment, provides an early insight into success so far and what that means for predictions into the future. While the harbour has yet to open, current employment is already higher than the 2019 business case projections.
“This report illustrates that both the harbour construction and the aquaculture sector have already provided significant benefits to Ōpōtiki and the national economy.
“In the report, there are some statistics about the demographics of the people getting the new and sustainable jobs (and better incomes that go with them). This backs up what I see and hear locally, that it is an increasing number of Ōpōtiki people who are making their way into these new opportunities – more businesses developing and more locals getting jobs, apprenticeships, and training. One well-known local example is Johnny Pene who started as a deck hand and is now skipper of a 30-metre mussel boat. His whānau and the whole community are proud of his achievement,” Councillor Howe said.
There is still more work to do in the future as the harbour has not yet opened and the local and international economy looks very different now than it did in 2019. However, these initial indications show the already positive trend flowing from the harbour build.