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What's on

What's on

Running a marathon, dancing to your favourite music or indulging in street food. Our unique natural environment provides the perfect playground for any event you can imagine. Tauranga features sporting competitions such as Tauranga International Marathon and the AIMS Games, music and arts festivals like the Tauranga Arts Festival and Bay of Plenty Garden & Arts Festival, concerts, cultural and community events, such as Winter Nights Winter Lights, and many more all year-round.

Top picks

Ask our friendly staff at reception for their favourite event happening while you’re here or check out our top tips for your holiday.

A Night Before Christmas

A Night Before Christmas

22 Dec

“A Night Before Christmas” returns in 2018 and will be the perfect way to welcome in Christmas. The Bay’s biggest free Christmas party will celebrate 22 years of Christmas joy and Festive fun.

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

27 Dec

What better way to enjoy the Xmas break than entering this iconic Surf beach Triathlon. Then sit back and watch NZ's Elite Triathletes race.

Blackcaps v Sri Lanka - 1st ODI

Blackcaps v Sri Lanka - 1st ODI

03 Jan

International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do.

Upcoming events

All year round Tauranga hosts a wide range of events, including concerts, sporting matches, live theatre and music, exhibitions, festivals and community events. Find out what’s happening when you’re here.

Wearable Art Competition Exhibition

Wearable Art Competition Exhibition

28 Nov to 24 Dec

Inspired by Wearable Arts, this dynamic showcase of talent will provide the public with something very different and unique in Downtown Tauranga, celebrating Christmas and art through installation.

Free Christmas stocking decorating

Free Christmas stocking decorating

13 Dec to 23 Dec

Decorate and take home your own Christmas stocking at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre for FREE.

A Night Before Christmas

A Night Before Christmas

22 Dec

“A Night Before Christmas” returns in 2018 and will be the perfect way to welcome in Christmas. The Bay’s biggest free Christmas party will celebrate 22 years of Christmas joy and Festive fun.

Reminisce Tribute Festival

Reminisce Tribute Festival

22 Dec

Reminisce Tribute Festival is a celebration of the best memories, a chance to enjoy good times with old friends, and a fantastic way to send off 2018.

Summer Feels

Summer Feels

26 Dec to 26 Dec

An all ages event showcasing New Zealand talent.

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

27 Dec

What better way to enjoy the Xmas break than entering this iconic Surf beach Triathlon. Then sit back and watch NZ's Elite Triathletes race.

Sachi - Golden Features - Carmada - Deadbeat

Sachi - Golden Features - Carmada - Deadbeat

28 Dec

Audiology, PATO Entertainment & Fabrik, in association with George FM present a summer banger of an event.

Blindspott with special guests Devilskin

Blindspott with special guests Devilskin

30 Dec to 30 Dec

Rock legends Blindspott have made it official! They’re reforming for a 10-year Reunion Tour this summer, and they’re taking the mighty Devilskin along for the madness.

CBD NYE community celebration

CBD NYE community celebration

31 Dec

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with family and friends.

Papamoa NYE community celebration

Papamoa NYE community celebration

31 Dec

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with family, friends and neighbours. Join us and enjoy early-evening entertainment including kids’ rides, music, games, roving performers, yummy street food, pony rides and a petting zoo.

Matua NYE community celebration

Matua NYE community celebration

31 Dec

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with family, friends and neighbours. Join us and enjoy the early-evening entertainment including kids’ rides, music, Frozen characters, yummy street food and even a visit from Batman in his Batmobile

Blackcaps v Sri Lanka - 1st ODI

Blackcaps v Sri Lanka - 1st ODI

03 Jan

International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do.

Katchafire & Kora

Katchafire & Kora

03 Jan

Pato Entertainment & Audiology Touring proudly present Katchafire & Kora

Blackcaps v Sri Lanka - 2nd ODI

Blackcaps v Sri Lanka - 2nd ODI

05 Jan

International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do.

New Zealand Beach Volleyball Championships

New Zealand Beach Volleyball Championships

05 Jan to 06 Jan

Come down and cheer on New Zealand's best beach volleyball team as they fight for the National Championship title.

Fat Freddy's Drop

Fat Freddy

05 Jan

Fat Freddy’s Drop summer roady around New Zealand with Salmonella Dub feat. Tiki Taane, Norman Jay MBE and Troy Kingi

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

06 Jan

Pato Entertainment, Audiology and Fabrik NZ presents Sticky Fingers, with special guests to be announced.

Mt Maunganui Beach Volleyball Open

Mt Maunganui Beach Volleyball Open

11 Jan to 13 Jan

Come down to the beach and watch New Zealand's best take on some of the World's best beach volleyball teams.

Mount Festival of Multisport

Mount Festival of Multisport

12 Jan

The Mount Festival of Multisport is a community sporting event offering an opportunity for all ages, abilities and fitness levels to be involved.

Time-Travelling Makers Faire (aka NZ Medieval Faire 2019)

Time-Travelling Makers Faire (aka NZ Medieval Faire 2019)

19 Jan to 20 Jan

The closest thing NZ has to a Renaissance Faire, so "wench up" or get your time-traveller goggles on & come along to watch, strut and have-a-go!

Mud Dog Run

Mud Dog Run

20 Jan

It's time to have some fun in the mud with your pooch! Tauranga City Council & Western Bay of Plenty District Council have combined to organise this event at TECT All Terrain Park.

Blackcaps v India - 2nd ODI

Blackcaps v India - 2nd ODI

26 Jan

International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do.

Blackcaps v India - 3rd ODI

Blackcaps v India - 3rd ODI

28 Jan

International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do.

White Ferns v India - 2nd ODI

 White Ferns v India - 2nd ODI

29 Jan

International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do.

MELTED Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Festival

MELTED Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Festival

09 Feb

Introducing MELTED, New Zealand’s first ever ice cream and frozen dessert festival. With a wide range of ice cream, gelato, sorbet, fruit ice cream, and a whole heap of other treats, MELTED is a celebration of all things cool and sweet.

Generation Homes Sand to Surf

Generation Homes Sand to Surf

09 Feb

A multi-event Ocean Swim with achievable distances for anyone aged 7 to 87! Part of the iconic Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series.

XRACE Tauranga

XRACE Tauranga

17 Feb

The amazing race for families!

Classical Journey

Classical Journey

20 Feb

Start your year off by taking an auditory grand tour of Europe with music written during or inspired by the late 18th century. Guided by NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, Classical Journey features works by Rossini, Haydn, Prokofiev, and Brahms.

Water Polo on the Waterfront

Water Polo on the Waterfront

23 Feb to 24 Feb

A fast-paced, exciting and dynamic showcase of New Zealand's top water polo players battling it out in NZ's first ocean-based water polo tournament.

Generation Homes Women's Triathlon

Generation Homes Women

24 Feb

This is such a great event for all you Ladies out there. Come and take part in this event that will support you all the way from the start to finish.

Tails & Trails

Tails & Trails

02 Mar

Join us for a free, fun dog walk around Waipuna Park

Business Expo 2019

Business Expo 2019

06 Mar

Gain inspiration and ideas, find solutions, improve your expertise, develop product knowledge as well as seeing what exhibitors are showcasing, who’s new in the region, and what is the latest in innovation and technology.

Marra Sprint Triathlon

Marra Sprint Triathlon

17 Mar

Looking for a great way to wrap up your Triathlon season. Look no further than this iconic race.

Leaving Jackson - The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show

Leaving Jackson - The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show

19 Mar

Step into the past with Johnny and June to a time when songs told a true story of life, love and heartache. This two-hour performance will have you singing laughing and crying out for more.

The Manfreds

The Manfreds

04 Apr

As The Manfreds the original band members except keyboardist, Mann, reformed in 1991.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019

05 Apr to 11 Apr

The National Jazz Festival presents a fantastic programme of events in Tauranga from Apr 5 – 21, 2019. With performances from some of the best jazz musicians from Aotearoa and around the world - Think Jazz. Think Tauranga.

Cats

Cats

30 Apr to 01 May

CATS, will embark on its most extensive tour of NZ in 2019. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, it tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice".

Love Eternal

Love Eternal

22 May

Maestro Thomas Søndergård returns to take the NZSO on tour. From Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, to his Manfred Overture, Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture to Mozart’s Linz Symphony, this concert will take audiences on an illuminating journey.

Black Swan, White Swan

Black Swan, White Swan

15 Jun to 16 Jun

Witness a magnificent re-telling of ballet’s most enduring classic, Swan Lake, with the RNZB’s new production Black Swan, White Swan.

The Pink Floyd Experience

The Pink Floyd Experience

20 Jun to 21 Jun

After 2017’s hugely successful Animals tour, which featured three entire albums, The Pink Floyd Experience returns to New Zealand and Australia in 2019 with an exciting new show. Presented by: In The Flesh Productions

The legacy tour - Kelvin and TJ

The legacy tour - Kelvin and TJ

02 Jul

What happens when you mix two international superstar mediums together on one stage!

Mātauranga

 Mātauranga

18 Jul

Mātauranga, by Wellington-based Michael Norris, was commissioned as part of the NZSO Cook’s Landfall Series to mark 250 years since the first encounters between Maori and Europeans.

Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

11 Oct

Following their sold-out Tauranga debut in 2018, Postmodern Jukebox will return to Baycourt in October 2019.

Te Māpouriki

Te Māpouriki

22 Oct

Guided by German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl, this concert features NZ composer Kenneth Young’s work Te Mapouriki plus music by Mozart, Strauss, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.

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