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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.

NZIA Festival of Architecture

NZIA Festival of Architecture

12 Sep to 23 Sep

Find out what architecture is all about over a series of free events during the NZIA Festival of Architecture

CBD Treasures family challenge

CBD Treasures family challenge

14 Sep to 23 Sep

Explore our CBD with friends and family through an ap-based challenge and be in to win a $200 restaurant voucher!

Vegan Vibes

Vegan Vibes

22 Sep

Vegan Vibes is back this September the 22nd 2018!

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!

NZIA Festival of Architecture

NZIA Festival of Architecture

12 Sep to 23 Sep

Find out what architecture is all about over a series of free events during the NZIA Festival of Architecture

CBD Treasures family challenge

CBD Treasures family challenge

14 Sep to 23 Sep

Explore our CBD with friends and family through an ap-based challenge and be in to win a $200 restaurant voucher!

Suffrage 125 - Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Suffrage 125 Study Award 2019

Suffrage 125 - Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Suffrage 125 Study Award 2019

15 Sep to 31 Oct

This Study Award carries on a tradition started by Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in 1993. The 2018 study award is offered to a female student who has enrolled to study a Toi Ohomai course in 2019.

New Zealand as Peacemaker: the Disarmament Story

New Zealand as Peacemaker: the Disarmament Story

20 Sep

NZ's Disarmament Ambassador - Dell Higgie - tells how NZ promotes disarmament.

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.

Huria Trust Disability Expo

Huria Trust Disability Expo

21 Sep

Come along and be informed about what disability, mental health, alcohol and drug services are available to you in Tauranga Moana and the western Bay of Plenty rohe. Bringing the services to the people.

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.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

22 Sep

Blossoms, cars, school gala and family fun!

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”.

Weber Bros Circus

Weber Bros Circus

27 Sep to 21 Oct

Two hours of adrenaline pumping entertainment suitable for the whole family!!

Suffrage 125 - Find your suffrage ancestor

Suffrage 125 - Find your suffrage ancestor

28 Sep

Join the Papamoa Genealogist group at Papamoa Library on 28 September and focus on locating your ancestor's signature on the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition.

Tauranga Orchid Show

Tauranga Orchid Show

28 Sep to 30 Sep

Queen of Flowers theme - Includes a mass display of flowering plants and plants for sale

Suffrage 125 - Hilda Hewlett Suffrage 125 Camellia Planting

Suffrage 125 - Hilda Hewlett Suffrage 125 Camellia Planting

28 Sep

Join the Suffrage 125 Committee and MP Jan Tinetti as she plants three 'Kate Sheppard' camellias in memory of early aviator and aviation entrepreneur Hilda Beatrice Hewlett (1864-1943).

Memory Walk

Memory Walk

29 Sep

Take a positive step for dementia! Walk in honour of someone you love who is affected by dementia.

Pedal Papamoa

Pedal Papamoa

29 Sep

Grab your bike for a morning of biking fun for all ages!

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!

Ethkick 2018

Ethkick 2018

30 Sep

Ethkick 2018 is a football tournament of social games played by migrants from various countries.

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.

HOT Pink Walk 2018

HOT Pink Walk 2018

10 Oct

Join us for the annual pink party in aid of local breast cancer services.

Suffrage 125 - Drop in Workshop, feminine hygiene kit assembly

Suffrage 125 - Drop in Workshop, feminine hygiene kit assembly

11 Oct

Come along to our Drop In Workshop where we will be putting together DAYS FOR GIRLS feminine hygiene kits for girls and young women in Cambodia.

The Book Club

The Book Club

12 Oct to 14 Oct

Needing a diversion from her lonely life, self-confessed book-a-holic Deb joins a book club and meets a diverse group of women. But when she invites a local author to talk to the group about his latest book offering, all hell breaks loose.

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!

ISYFF Nz Nationals 2018

ISYFF Nz Nationals 2018

17 Oct

Screenings of the top films from around New Zealand will be held at Baycourt for a red carpet awards ceremony, with Nathan Avakian, the festival’s composer, playing the Wurlitzer live.

The Merchants of Bollywood

The Merchants of Bollywood

23 Oct

The Merchants of Bollywood features a cast of more than 40 performers direct from Film City Mumbai – the home of Bollywood Cinema.

2018 Pasifika Festival in the Bay

2018 Pasifika Festival in the Bay

24 Oct

Celebrating Pasifika culture here in the bay, featuring local school performance groups and authentic food stalls.

Pango

Pango

26 Oct

Atamira Dance Company’s PANGO combines dance, light & the live music of Shayne Carter & James Webster to create an extraordinary, raw, human performance that explores ‘Te Kore’ - the state of unlimited potential for being.

Pango

Pango

26 Oct

Atamira Dance Company’s PANGO combines dance, light & the live music of Shayne Carter & James Webster to create an extraordinary, raw, human performance that explores ‘Te Kore’ - the state of unlimited potential for being.

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.

Spot the difference

Spot the difference

27 Oct

Featuring original music and terrible choreography, Spot the Difference is a funny and thought-provoking musical-comedy about being Pasifika in Aotearoa (but also about how being racist is still kinda sucky).

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.

Miscellany

Miscellany

11 Nov

Miscellany - there’s something for everyone in Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s final concert of 2018. Music ranging from late 18th century classical up to the 1920s encompasses a range of styles and sounds from Mozart and Beethoven to Nielsen and Kodály.

Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick

11 Nov

Baypark is pleased to announce the Legendary Dionne Warwick and her Greatest Hits Tour. Part of the Baypark Concert Series Dionne Warwick will be performing in Tauranga for the very first time.

Walk 2 D'Feet MND

Walk 2 D

11 Nov

Motor Neuron Disease fundraiser/walk along Matua's foreshore to raise awareness and support victims of this debilitating disease

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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