Otumoetai is a major suburb of the city of Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. Otumoetai is a name used to describe the central area of the peninsula and also the suburbs of Central Otumoetai, Brookfield, Bellevue, Pillans Point, Bureta, Cherrywood and Matua as a whole.
Before the 1950s Otumoetai was largely orchards and farms but then houses started to be built in Brookfield, Otumoetai Central and Pillans Point. Following this the suburb started to take shape and in the 1990s the last pieces of land left in the suburb were developed into housing. Today expansion is little because practically no land is left to be built on but apartments are being developed in some areas and expansion is continuing south of the suburb in Bethlehem which will form a link to the suburb in the next 5 years.
Otumoetai is one of the most significant Primary, Intermediate and Secondary school suburbs in the Bay of Plenty Region, including the institutions of:
- Otumoetai College
- Otumoetai Intermediate
- Otumoetai Primary
- Bellevue Primary
- Brookfield Primary
- Matua School
- Pillans Point School
- Bethlehem College
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