Papamoa is situated in the ever sunny Bay of Plenty, being the largest suburb of Tauranga, starting from a boundary at Mt Maunganui expanding to the Kaituna River. Established in the 1980s, formally rural land, the area has been New Zealand's fastest growing area since 1981. There are two shopping centres; Palm Beach Plaza and Fashion Island. Papamoa is the place to be for fishing and surfing. There is significant, upcoming growth predicted.