Hungarian immigrant Tibor Juhasz did not find the Kiwi dream during his four years in Auckland.

But after four weeks in Tauranga, he and his wife Agnes believe they've found it here.

Like so many other recent arrivals, Mr Juhasz was drawn to Tauranga by a good job and access to an outdoors lifestyle while leaving behind the big-city hassles of traffic and cramped accommodation.

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"Auckland's a beautiful city, but it's a struggle," Mr Juhasz said. "We wanted more space and nature on the doorstep. We just love the Mount - in fact, the whole Bay."

Locals might complain about Tauranga's traffic, but it takes Mr Juhasz just six minutes to drive the 6km from his home in Gate Pa to his job. In Auckland, it took him 30 minutes to drive the same distance.

The family is looking to buy a piece of land in the Western Bay.

"We're chasing the Kiwi dream of living out of town."