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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.

Field of Remembrance – Honouring our Fallen

Field of Remembrance – Honouring our Fallen

09 Nov to 16 Nov

109 white crosses will be installed at dawn in the lead-up to Armistice Day.

Armistice Poppy installation

Armistice Poppy installation

11 Nov to 16 Nov

320 large-scale poppies, painted by students from local intermediate school to commemorate Armistice Day.

Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival

Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival

15 Nov to 18 Nov

Come and view the beauty and diversity of our region's gardens and the creativity of our talented artists

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

Fiona Pardington

Fiona Pardington

27 Oct to 24 Nov

A selection of works by leading New Zealand photographer Fiona Pardington

Field of Remembrance – Honouring our Fallen

Field of Remembrance – Honouring our Fallen

09 Nov to 16 Nov

109 white crosses will be installed at dawn in the lead-up to Armistice Day.

Armistice Poppy installation

Armistice Poppy installation

11 Nov to 16 Nov

320 large-scale poppies, painted by students from local intermediate school to commemorate Armistice Day.

Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival

Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival

15 Nov to 18 Nov

Come and view the beauty and diversity of our region's gardens and the creativity of our talented artists

Bloom in the Bay

Bloom in the Bay

15 Nov to 18 Nov

Bring down the family and take a walk around landscape designed gardens, view fascinating art pieces, listen to music, engage in workshops and much more...

Made Awards 2018

Made Awards 2018

16 Nov

The Made Awards in partnership with business sponsors rewards the best efforts of entrants with fantastic ICT equipment to enhance the place of ICT in the learning world.

Unbelieve-a-Bubble Science

Unbelieve-a-Bubble Science

18 Nov

Join our presenter on a journey of excitement and discovery into the amazing science behind bubbles of all shapes and sizes!

Baroque Concert 'Lost & Found'

Baroque Concert

18 Nov

Classical concert of re-discovered Baroque Masterworks on historic instruments

Social Climbers

Social Climbers

20 Nov

What do you call 6 women stranded on a mountain in the rain? Ridiculous! Or Social Climbers - just not to their faces! Perfectly timed for your own social group’s ascent into summer, don’t miss this hilarious play when it comes to Baycourt in November.

Selwyn Ridge Primary Extravaganza

Selwyn Ridge Primary Extravaganza

21 Nov

Come and enjoy an action-packed evening of entertainment and celebration as we showcase the Arts in Selwyn Ridge Primary. We’ll be featuring many talented children performing in choirs, Kapa Haka, dance, drama, singing, instrumental items and much more!

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!

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.

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.

Tauranga Woodcrafters 2018 November Show

Tauranga Woodcrafters 2018 November Show

23 Nov to 25 Nov

Beautiful wood and woodcrafts - turning, carvings, scroll saw work, marquetry, toymaking - all on display & for sale together with working demonstrations, exhibition work, & trade stalls.

Now That's What I Call TMT

Now That

23 Nov to 01 Dec

Celebrating the past, present and future of musical theatre - featuring a compilation of the hits you love, and new favourites.

Rise Dance Company - Made

Rise Dance Company - Made

24 Nov

We are all ‘Made’ & ‘Shaped’ by our love of dance! Come and join us for an afternoon of awesome dancing with performances.

Handel's Messiah

Handel

24 Nov

A stunning annual tradition - Handel's Messiah performed by Tauranga's Scholars Pro Musica Chamber Choir and the NZBarok professional baroque orchestra

Rise Dance Company - Shaped

Rise Dance Company - Shaped

25 Nov

We are all ‘Made’ & ‘Shaped’ by our love of dance! Come and join us for an afternoon of awesome dancing with performances from our Rise dance public classes.

Tauranga Bay of Plenty Migrant Expo

Tauranga Bay of Plenty Migrant Expo

25 Nov

New to our region? Come along on to find out about all the great services and lifestyle choices available for you!

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.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

30 Nov to 01 Dec

To become a prince again, Beast must earn the love of Belle before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose. The pupils from Gillian Moore School of Dance bring to life this enchanted tale through all genres of dance.

2018 Trustpower Christmas Parade

2018 Trustpower Christmas Parade

01 Dec

The parade that heralds the start of the Christmas season, featuring colourful community floats, lively bands, marching teams, acrobatic groups and colourful characters.

Suffrage 125 - Book Launch: Eliza and the White Camellia

Suffrage 125 - Book Launch: Eliza and the White Camellia

01 Dec

Join us to commemorate 125 years of women's suffrage with the launch of award-winning author Debbie McCauley's new bilingual children's picture book 'Eliza and the White Camellia: A Story of Suffrage in New Zealand'.

Classic Builders Tinman Triathlon

Classic Builders Tinman Triathlon

02 Dec

A great way to kick-off the Triathlon season. Set in the idyllic setting of Mount Maunganui you can race either the Standard, Sprint or Super-Sprint races & for the kids the Splash'n'Dash. With something for everyone this race is a must do.

Nanogirl Live in 'Out of this world'

Nanogirl Live in

03 Dec

Join Nanogirl, Boris, and CLAIR (Constantly Learning Artificial Intelligence Repository) for science & engineering as you have never seen them before. An action packed adventure with rockets, explosions and even a live tornado!

Christmas in Greerton with The Topp Twins

Christmas in Greerton with The Topp Twins

07 Dec

The iconic NZ treasures, The Topp Twins appearing in Greerton Village for a Christmas Show.

While We Wait

While We Wait

08 Dec

Human spend approximately 6 months of their lives waiting in line, so KJ Studios transformed the wait into movement to show what we can do within those times. A fun family show featuring Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and more.

2018 Christmas Carols on the Waterfront

2018 Christmas Carols on the Waterfront

09 Dec

The annual Carols on the Waterfront event returns this year to the city centre.

Annie

Annie

10 Dec to 11 Dec

Urban Dance presents Annie; A street dance version inspired by the rags to riches tale. Annie will showcase the diverse work of local choreographers and 150 dancers from The Urban Dance Studios training out of Tauranga and Arataki.

Cinderella - The Ballet

Cinderella - The Ballet

14 Dec to 15 Dec

A full work ballet of Cinderella. All the magic and excitement of this entertaining story we all know and love.

The Mount Monster

The Mount Monster

15 Dec to 16 Dec

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

2018 TECT National Sevens

2018 TECT National Sevens

15 Dec to 16 Dec

Join us for a festive, fun filled weekend with a range of food vendors from The Little Big Markets, entertainment for the kids, freebies and giveaways, not to mention the display of Sevens rugby on the fields!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Shortland Street - The Musical

Shortland Street - The Musical

10 Apr to 13 Apr

Shortland Street - The Musical features iconic characters, stories from the classic era of NZ’s favourite TV show, and songs like ‘Stuck In A Love Triangle’, ‘Cliffhanger’ & ‘Not In Guatemala Now’. A warm-hearted musical comedy the whole family can enjoy.

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".

Tauranga Home Show: Celebrating 20 years

Tauranga Home Show: Celebrating 20 years

03 May to 05 May

Celebrating 20 years of building dreams in the Bay of Plenty. Join us for the biggest home show Tauranga has ever seen.

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.

Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

11 Oct

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

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