Tauranga (pronounced Tao-wronger) has been booming since the 1990s and remains one of NZ’s fastest-growing cities. It's also NZ's busiest port − with petrol refineries and mountains of coal and lumber − but it’s beach-seeking holidaymakers who have seen the old workhorse reborn as a show pony. Restaurants and bars line the revamped waterfront, fancy hotels rise high, and the once-sleepy burbs of Mt Maunganui and Papamoa have woken up to new prosperity. This is about as Riviera as NZ gets. Online, www.downtowntauranga.co.nz is a commercial but useful resource.