But latest OneRoof and Valocity median price and sales figures show it's now Rotorua's time to shine.
Zoe Hunter breaks down the figures and talks to real estate experts to find out what's happening with the property markets in the two cities - and why it's happening.
Tauranga's property boom has moved to Rotorua as buyers seek more affordable house prices, say real estate experts.
Latest OneRoof and Valocity figures show Tauranga's median sale price has jumped 6.3 per cent to $675,000 from $630,000 in the year to April.
That is more than $200,000 above the median sale price in Rotorua, which has climbed 14.3 per cent to $439,000.
The increase in sale prices followed a large drop in the number of homes sold in Tauranga, with sale volumes tumbling 53.7 per cent to 142 from 191 in the year to January 2019.
Rotorua real estate agents