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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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

Cast Jewellery Workshop

Cast Jewellery Workshop

08 Jul to 22 Jul

Join designer Juliet Ramson of brand Found Jewellery as she teaches you how to carve a wax ring, pendant or earrings and have them cast in Sterling Silver!

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.

Mid winter tales

Mid winter tales

28 Jul

A lion, a wolf and a mischief-maker brought to life by Kiwi actor Mark Hadlow who’ll put aside his Lord of the Rings costume and enchant young and old with Opus Orchestra. Grab the children and enjoy a night of magical music and storytelling,

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.

All Natural Bodybuilding Championships

All Natural Bodybuilding Championships

04 Aug

Don’t miss out on this muscle spectacle across all classes in bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Bikini, Figure, Classic Physique & Women’s Physique! Get motivated and support our NZ team.

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.

Waste Free Parenting

Waste Free Parenting

07 Aug

Humerous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste at home.

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.

Black Ferns Game of Three Halves

Black Ferns Game of Three Halves

11 Aug

Catch the Black Ferns preparing for their international season with a Game of Three Halves against Bay of Plenty and Auckland on 11 August at Tauranga Domain!

Dvorak & Bruckner

Dvorak & Bruckner

12 Aug

BOP Symphonia welcomes Inbal Megiddo as our acclaimed soloist in Dvorak’s lyrical Cello Concerto. Bruckner’s 6th Symphony, with the composer's characteristic powerful brass passages alongside moments of great beauty and majesty, completes the programme.

Orienteering McLaren Falls

Orienteering McLaren Falls

12 Aug

60 min Foot Rogaine set in the stunning McLaren Falls Park. Suitable for all abilities.

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.

The Night is Young

The Night is Young

22 Aug

The well-known and much loved The Night Is Young marks its 7th year by again showcasing an expansive and varied mix of talented students from 8 local secondary schools. Presented by Friends of Baycourt.

On The Couch

On The Couch

24 Aug

The entertaining live talk show hosted by Ruud ‘The Bug Man’ Kleinpaste will make you laugh and offer interesting insights from our fabulously entertaining special guests who are all superstars of Garden and Art in New Zealand

Transmission

Transmission

25 Aug

Inzpire Dance Company presents Transmission. Featuring all dance styles, this year’s theme of ‘Transmission’ is centred around communication and is sure to be entertaining, moving and thought provoking for all ages.

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

25 Aug

Come explore Mount Maunganui for a running festival including a 21km half marathon, 10km and 5km options.

Celtic Illusion

Celtic Illusion

31 Aug to 01 Sep

With incredible new choreography, spellbinding magic, heart-racing music and a sensory experience like no other, audiences will be kept on the edge of their seats and left wanting more.

Ledlenser Run Beneath the Stars

Ledlenser Run Beneath the Stars

01 Sep

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

Mitre 10 Cup: Steamers v Canterbury

Mitre 10 Cup: Steamers v Canterbury

01 Sep

Bring your dad this Father’s Day weekend to watch the highly anticipated game between the Bay of Plenty Steamers and last year’s Mitre 10 Cup champions Canterbury!

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

Kororareka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn.

Kororareka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn.

11 Sep to 12 Sep

“There’s a tale in my bones, fighting to be told”. Delving into the lawless outpost of 1800s Russell, Kororareka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn introduces a heroine created from the rich and vibrant true stories of New Zealand women.

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.

The Big Sing

The Big Sing

21 Sep

As a warm up to the National Barbershop 2018 Convention, Downtown Tauranga will be treated to a public barbershop harmony performance.

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.

NZ Barbershop Champion Chorus and Quartet Concert

NZ Barbershop Champion Chorus and Quartet Concert

22 Sep

“Harmony A Plenty”, the local Tauranga Barbershop Chorus has its Silver Jubilee this year and is to host National Barbershop 2018 Convention which has the motto -- “Waiata Ki A Mauao” – “Sing to the Mount”.

Tauranga Worm Composting Workshop

Tauranga Worm Composting Workshop

29 Sep

Learn how to reduce your household’s food waste but utilising tiger worms in your very own worm farm!

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.

2018 New Zealand Gymnastics Championships

2018 New Zealand Gymnastics Championships

03 Oct to 06 Oct

Athletes from around New Zealand compete in Tauranga for Gymnastics biggest and greatest event of the year.

NZCMA Entertainer of the year

NZCMA Entertainer of the year

06 Oct

The best of the best junior to veteran amateur country music entertainers from across NZ will compete for the title of NZ Country Music Entertainer of the Year in their age groups. Special guest artists featuring on the night.

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.

Mitre 10 Cup: Steamers v Northland

Mitre 10 Cup: Steamers v Northland

13 Oct

It’s the last match before the Mitre 10 Cup semi-finals, so come along to watch as the Bay of Plenty Steamers take on Northland this Saturday 13 October at 2.35pm!

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.

Tauranga 10 Up! Dragon Boat Regatta

Tauranga 10 Up! Dragon Boat Regatta

27 Oct

A corporate day of racing where teams can challenge their off-the-water rivals to a fun water competition.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marra Sprint Triathlon

Marra Sprint Triathlon

17 Mar

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

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.

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