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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.

Brickman Wonders of the World

Brickman Wonders of the World

30 Jun to 22 Jul

Brickman Wonders of the World is an interactive exhibition featuring some of the world’s most iconic landmarks built entirely from LEGO!

Winter Nights Winter Lights

Winter Nights Winter Lights

13 Jul to 16 Jul

Watch Tauranga’s heart of the city come to light at the free, all-ages event, presented by Tauranga City Council, showcasing a spectrum of interactive light installations, live entertainment, food and more.

Tauranga Coffee Festival

Tauranga Coffee Festival

28 Jul

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and it’s association with the cafe culture here in New Zealand has provided an industry within itself.

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.

Arts on tour NZ

Arts on tour NZ

31 Mar to 23 Nov

Baycourt Presents is bringing seven Arts On Tour NZ

Lion's Historic Village Market

Lion

02 Apr to 21 Oct

This community market is a great morning out for the whole family!

Exhibition: E ai ki a Walter: According to Walter

Exhibition: E ai ki a Walter: According to Walter

08 Jun to 01 Jul

"E ai ki ā Walter: According to Walter" photographic exhibition by local kaumatua Walter Dickson tells the story of his beloved community Matapihi, he calls the window to Tauranga Moana.

Te Whare Tangata – The female essence

Te Whare Tangata – The female essence

15 Jun to 03 Jul

A group show of works exploring notions of the female essence Te Whare Tangata– curated by Parewhati Taikato

Mauri Oho by Gavin Smith - Hei-Tuakiri

Mauri Oho by Gavin Smith - Hei-Tuakiri

15 Jun to 28 Jun

This exhibition is Gavin Smith's interpretation of the significance of manu within Te Ao Māori (the Māori world).

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

20 Jun to 07 Jul

The hilarious comedy by the brilliant Noel Coward.

Jekyll & Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde

22 Jun to 23 Jun

Five hilarious performers tell the terrifying (yet sexy) tale of Jekyll & Hyde. Thrilling, charming, shockingly good comedy, we’ll make you laugh until it hurts.

Matariki Allstars 2018

Matariki Allstars 2018

22 Jun

Aotearoa’s premiere music event celebrating the uniqueness of Matariki in recognition of our established and emerging Maori & Pasifika Artists.

Operatunity Presents: Shake, Rattle & Roll

Operatunity Presents: Shake, Rattle & Roll

22 Jun

The 50’s and 60’s introduced a liberating new beat, a more enveloping style of music, a greater zest for life and a more contagious invitation to dance than ever before.

Resene Architecture + Design Film Festival Selects

Resene Architecture + Design Film Festival Selects

22 Jun to 24 Jun

A selection of the finest Architecture and Design films from this year's Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival.

Bay of Plenty Pet & Animal Expo

Bay of Plenty Pet & Animal Expo

23 Jun to 24 Jun

At last, the organisers of the Auckland Pet & Animal Expo are bringing the event to Mt Maunganui and the Bay of Plenty for 2017!

3 Pigs

3 Pigs

23 Jun to 24 Jun

“3 Pigs” is a super fun story! Lots of awesome dancing – jazz, ballet, tap – Just to name a few styles! Something for everyone! Not to be missed!

Oriana Singers “The Sprig of Thyme” Concert

Oriana Singers “The Sprig of Thyme” Concert

23 Jun to 24 Jun

Tauranga's Oriana Singers present "The Sprig of Thyme” during the last weekend of June.

Kiwifruit Cup Day & Mid-Winter Christmas Party at the Races

Kiwifruit Cup Day & Mid-Winter Christmas Party at the Races

23 Jun

A full day of thoroughbred racing, featuring the Orora Kiwi Packaging Kiwifruit Cup and Listed Woburn Farm Tauranga Classic.

Jo'el Komene - Roreka workshop - Taonga pūoro

Jo

23 Jun

Traditional Maori musical instruments, information, demonstration and making instruments.

Cultural connections

Cultural connections

25 Jun to 26 Jun

Join us for a two programme to learn about our history, local iwi and hapu, and the cultural richness of our land.

Mana Wahine - Artist Panel Discussion

Mana Wahine - Artist Panel Discussion

25 Jun

Come and join us at this panel discussion looking at mana wahine (feminine power) and its various constructions and applications within contemporary art.

Matariki Lecture Series: Getting to know the Natives

Matariki Lecture Series: Getting to know the Natives

26 Jun

This workshop is designed to introduce you to some native plants and the people who use them. Learn traditional Rongoā Māori philosophies and practices and make your own Rongoā balm to take home with you.

Tauranga Toddler Time with Sharon Holt

Tauranga Toddler Time with Sharon Holt

26 Jun

Sharon and Alan Holt bring their Te Reo Singalong books to life in an energetic and interactive show for Matariki.

Pō Pūrākau ki Tutara Wānanga

Pō Pūrākau ki Tutara Wānanga

26 Jun

Dress in your PJ's and join us for a magical Matariki storytelling night at Greerton Library!

Papamoa Toddler Time with Sharon Holt

Papamoa Toddler Time with Sharon Holt

27 Jun

Sharon and Alan Holt bring their Te Reo Singalong books to life in an energetic and interactive show for Matariki.

Matariki Lecture Series: Getting to know the Natives

Matariki Lecture Series: Getting to know the Natives

27 Jun

This workshop is designed to introduce you to some native plants and the people who use them. Learn traditional Rongoā Māori philosophies and practices and make your own Rongoā balm to take home with you.

Introduction to Bone Carving with Hei-Tuakiri - half day workshop

Introduction to Bone Carving with Hei-Tuakiri - half day workshop

27 Jun

Introduction and appreciation for the art of Maori Bone Craving.

Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao (Book Launch)

Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao (Book Launch)

28 Jun

Join us to celebrate the launch of Debbie McCauley’s new book, Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao.

Mozart & Beethoven

Mozart & Beethoven

28 Jun

The NZSO presents Mozart’s captivating Bassoon Concerto, Beethoven’s joyous Symphony No. 8., Gareth Farr’s He iwi tahi tatou and Jimmy Lopez’s Fiesta!. Concert features conductor Miguuel Harth-Bedoya and NZSO Section Principal Bassoon Robert Weeks.

Ignite the Crown

Ignite the Crown

29 Jun

The Palace Dance Studio presents the Royal Family, "Ignite the Crown"

The Maori Sidesteps

The Maori Sidesteps

29 Jun

The Maori Sidesteps are a contemporary Maori showband, putting their own political spin on well-known songs and entertaining crowds with soulful harmonies and off the cuff comedy. Presented by: Baycourt Presents.

Papamoa Hills Night Walk

Papamoa Hills Night Walk

29 Jun to 30 Jun

An opportunity to walk in the Papamoa Hills under the full moon.

The Seriously Good Food Show

The Seriously Good Food Show

30 Jun to 01 Jul

It's going to be the tastiest weekend in the Bay of Plenty, so get your forks ready.

Brickman Wonders of the World

Brickman Wonders of the World

30 Jun to 22 Jul

Brickman Wonders of the World is an interactive exhibition featuring some of the world’s most iconic landmarks built entirely from LEGO!

Whare Thompson Carving demos

Whare Thompson Carving demos

01 Jul

Carving demos by the esteemed carver Whare Thompson - out of his workshop at the Historic Village

Introduction to Bone Carving with Hei-Tuakiri - Demonstration

Introduction to Bone Carving with Hei-Tuakiri - Demonstration

01 Jul

Learn about cultural origins of whakairo and common bone carving designs. Free bite sized workshop and demonstration in bone carving

Matariki Kite Day

Matariki Kite Day

01 Jul

Matariki kites will take to the sky on Sunday, 1 July.

Just for fun

Just for fun

01 Jul

Sopranos, Louise Malloy & Merle Fausett (QSM), ably accompanied by Leon Gray on piano, will delight you with a concert of song.

Tauranga Festival of Performing arts competitions 2018

Tauranga Festival of Performing arts competitions 2018

06 Jul to 15 Jul

Now into its 61st consecutive season, the 11-day Tauranga Festival of Performing Arts Competitions attracts some 900 children and young people and will showcase 3000 individual performances across eight art forms.

Aroha Atu an exhibition by Donna Dinsdale

Aroha Atu an exhibition by Donna Dinsdale

06 Jul

Based around the woollen blanket as an iconic link between cultures in Aotearoa, the series of garments presented will communicate symbolism drawn from Aotearoa’s rich heritage.

AOTNZ - Seed

AOTNZ - Seed

07 Jul

Winner of the 2014 Adam New Zealand Play Award, Seed by Elisabeth Easther follows four women as they try to get pregnant, stay pregnant or become un-pregnant - the dilemmas of modern reproduction.

Tauranga Judo Club fun day

Tauranga Judo Club fun day

08 Jul

Join us on 8 July for the Tauranga Judo Club fun day, Intermediate Judo champs and the Secondary Schools tournament.

Winter Nights Winter Lights

Winter Nights Winter Lights

13 Jul to 16 Jul

Watch Tauranga’s heart of the city come to light at the free, all-ages event, presented by Tauranga City Council, showcasing a spectrum of interactive light installations, live entertainment, food and more.

2018 Festival Concert

2018 Festival Concert

15 Jul

The Festival Concert is a showcase of the very best items from the Tauranga Festival of Performing Arts 2018 competition.

IYSFF Filmmakers Workshops

IYSFF Filmmakers Workshops

17 Jul to 19 Jul

NZ Regionals IYSFF Young Filmmakers Workshop – second week of July school holidays. Learn the basic skills of storytelling, directing & acting, cinematography & editing. Presented by BOP Film & Baycourt Presents.

Simon Trpceski plays Grieg

Simon Trpceski plays Grieg

20 Jul

This NZSO concert sees the return of two great artists who individually had a big impact on audiences when they were last here in 2015 – Spanish conductor Jaime Martín and Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski. Features works by Shostakovich and Grieg.

Floyd live

Floyd live

21 Jul

Pink Floyd are easily one of the most recognisable and enduring bands of all time. Floyd Live salute the legendary group with an authentic celebration of the timeless music of Pink Floyd.

Classic Jazz Standards of a Bygone Era

Classic Jazz Standards of a Bygone Era

27 Jul

Join Baycourt for a night of beautiful Classic Jazz standards from The Great American Songbook as popular jazz vocalist Ruby Page and Scott Harrison on the Mighty Whirly visits the Baycourt Theatre for the first time.

Tauranga Coffee Festival

Tauranga Coffee Festival

28 Jul

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and it’s association with the cafe culture here in New Zealand has provided an industry within itself.

Cycle Chic Film Tour

Cycle Chic Film Tour

28 Jul

The Cycle Chic Film Tour showcases a captivating selection of short cycling films to inspire, encourage and celebrate women who love to bike.

Papamoa Polar Plunge

Papamoa Polar Plunge

29 Jul

A dip in the freezing ocean that ends with the winner gifting their chosen non-profit group (schools included) $1000 cold hard cash.

Jimi Jackson - Mama we made it

Jimi Jackson - Mama we made it

03 Aug

Jackson’s new show ‘Mama We Made It’ sees Jimi explore his childhood, weave musical interludes with his classic Kiwi humour, and a good dose of his trademark audience interaction. The show also features an opening set from DJ Sir-Vere.

AOTNZ - No Holds Bard

AOTNZ - No Holds Bard

05 Aug

An outrageous and at times profound view into one actor's attempt at self destruction.

The Bootleg Beach Boys

The Bootleg Beach Boys

08 Aug

A fully costumed show taking you right from the very beginning of The Beach Boys.

Beethoven & Brahms

Beethoven & Brahms

09 Aug

The NZSO and Maestro Edo de Waart joins forces with arguably one of the finest violinists of his generation, Grammy Award winner Augustin Hadelich, to present de Waart’s third Masterworks concert for 2018.

Operatunity: The Golden Era of Musicals

Operatunity: The Golden Era of Musicals

10 Aug

Many of us grew up with musicals featuring the singing greats like Jeanette McDonald, Nelson Eddy, Judy Garland and Dame Julie Andrews.

Pin’d Creative Showcase

Pin’d Creative Showcase

11 Aug

Presented by: Pin’d. The fashion show is a display of garments designed and constructed by intermediate and secondary school students. $1 from every ticket goes to Cambodia Charity Trust.

DanceNZmade Interschool Regional

DanceNZmade Interschool Regional

13 Aug

100% passion and energy for dance for one night only! Who will take out the title? Presented by: DanceNZmade

Kelvin Cruickshank live

Kelvin Cruickshank live

16 Aug

Presented by: Open Eyes Exclusive, acclaims psychic Kelvin Cruickshank returns to Baycourt to help put people in touch with the loved ones they've lost, and also help them to understand how the afterlife works.

Ledlenser Run Beneath the Stars

Ledlenser Run Beneath the Stars

01 Sep

Run Beneath the Stars Tauranga – Saturday 1st September 2018.

Arj Baker - Organic

Arj Baker - Organic

08 Sep

Arj barker starts with the finest free-range topics & nurtures them until they're brimming with hilarity and ready for tellin'. His cruelty-free jokes are ALWAYS tested on animals and 100% goat-approved. That's quality you can trust.

HopeWalk Tauranga 2018

HopeWalk Tauranga 2018

08 Sep

HopeWalk is a movement to bring greater awareness around the issue of suicide and promote suicide prevention.

Song for nobodies

Song for nobodies

09 Sep

Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday & Maria Callas touch the lives of 5 every-day women resulting in stories of life-changing encounters. The singer has her story & the listener hers, & should these touch each other, there can be magic.

Richard Mapp

Richard Mapp

09 Sep

Well-known pianist Richard Mapp has played many times for Chamber Music NZ, performed with the major orchestras of the world and many groups and soloists. Richard’s programme will include pieces by Bach, Kenneth Young, Schubert, Chopin, Messiaen & Brahms

Classical Hits

Classical Hits

13 Sep

NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich leads the orchestra on a country-wide tour, presenting a Classical Hits programme for the whole family. Featuring works by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Gillian Whitehead, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky.

Operatunity Presents: Tennessee Waltz

Operatunity Presents: Tennessee Waltz

14 Sep

In a concert where pop meets traditional country we feature award winning songs from artists like Doris Day, John Denver, Connie Francis, Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton.

The Tauranga Spring Home Show

The Tauranga Spring Home Show

21 Sep to 23 Sep

Create your happy place! The Spring Home Show is the perfect opportunity to find all your home products and service needs under one roof.

Tauriko School 100 year reunion

Tauriko School 100 year reunion

21 Sep to 22 Sep

Tauriko School is holding its 100-year reunion on 21st and 22nd September this year. An exciting line up is planned for the two day event.

Vegan Vibes

Vegan Vibes

22 Sep

Vegan Vibes is back this September the 22nd 2018!

Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical

22 Sep to 29 Sep

Join Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona in this all singing, all dancing hilarious production which turns the world of fairytales upside down.

Tauranga International Marathon

Tauranga International Marathon

22 Sep

Fast. Flat. Fun! With a spectacular finish in Tauranga's beautiful CBD.

Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

02 Oct

New Zealand loves Postmodern Jukebox! Following three successful tours in as many years, the multi-talented collective will bring their re-imagined contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears to eagerly awaiting fans in 2018.

Air Play

Air Play

09 Oct to 10 Oct

Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle bringing to life the very air we breathe.

AOTNZ - Adam McGrath and the Roaring Days

AOTNZ - Adam McGrath and the Roaring Days

10 Oct

Adam with The Eastern has played everywhere from Timaru to Nashville and beyond. Throwing down on theatre stages, street corners pubs and living rooms, he treats every show as the best one yet.

Operatunity Presents: Divas & Divos

Operatunity Presents: Divas & Divos

26 Oct

In a concert with a similar format to our acclaimed Mario Lanza show in 2016, we look into the lives and music of many of the world’s greatest singers of all time including Joan Sutherland, Maria Callas, Pavarotti, Caruso and Mario Lanza.

Focus on Women Expo

Focus on Women Expo

27 Oct to 28 Oct

Be inspired, empowered and entertained at the Focus on Women Expo!

Dr Seuss's the Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss

28 Oct

Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes.

Tauranga Fishing and Boat Show

Tauranga Fishing and Boat Show

02 Nov to 04 Nov

Tauranga's new format fishing and boat show, for everything on, in and under the water.

Madagascar

Madagascar

03 Nov to 04 Nov

The talented students of STEPS Performing Arts will delight audiences of all ages with their production of DreamWorks – Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.

A Russian Triple Bill

A Russian Triple Bill

09 Nov to 10 Nov

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to New Zealand with A Russian Triple Bill. This is the first time that the company have brought this stunning programme to NZ.

AOTNZ - Seven Deadly Stunts

AOTNZ - Seven Deadly Stunts

23 Nov

Chainsaw juggling, walking on broken glass and other famous feats are performed along with the stories of how they came to be.

AOTNZ - The Messy Magic Adventure

AOTNZ - The Messy Magic Adventure

23 Nov

Circus, slapstick & magic combine in this special adventure for primary school aged children & families. Fantastical fun, with waterproof ponchos provided for those in the front row.

Operatunity: Cinderella - A Christmas Pantomime

Operatunity: Cinderella - A Christmas Pantomime

23 Nov

We bring you our famous Christmas pantomime with a new twist on Cinderella!

The Mount Monster

The Mount Monster

15 Dec to 16 Dec

New Zealand's premier endurance ironman race with a prize purse to match.

The Abba Show – ABBAsolutely fABBAulous

The Abba Show – ABBAsolutely fABBAulous

17 Dec

Far from being “just another cover band” The ABBA Show is a full-scale theatrical production featuring over 2 hours of live music, replica costumes, theatrical lighting/effects and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle.

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.

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