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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.

Tauranga 1918 - Tauranga to the Trenches

Tauranga 1918 - Tauranga to the Trenches

11 Apr to 03 May

‘Tauranga 1918’ is part of the Tauranga to the Trenches container exhibition. It explores our city 100 years ago and reveals that although Tauranga has grown in size, century old connections remain.

Anzac Day - Tauranga Civic Memorial Service

Anzac Day - Tauranga Civic Memorial Service

25 Apr

Join us as we honour the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and remember those involved in other conflicts at this year’s Anzac Day Civic Memorial Service at 9am on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at Memorial Park.

Tauranga Armageddon 2018

Tauranga Armageddon 2018

26 May to 27 May

#BAYOFGEDDON is back!

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.

Oropi Sunday Market

Oropi Sunday Market

25 Mar to 27 May

A ‘boutique’ market featuring local Chef Kendall Grant

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!

Tauranga 1918 - Tauranga to the Trenches

Tauranga 1918 - Tauranga to the Trenches

11 Apr to 03 May

‘Tauranga 1918’ is part of the Tauranga to the Trenches container exhibition. It explores our city 100 years ago and reveals that although Tauranga has grown in size, century old connections remain.

Catch Me If You Can: The Musical

Catch Me If You Can: The Musical

14 Apr to 28 Apr

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught.

Mount Art Group - Exhibition

Mount Art Group - Exhibition

16 Apr to 22 Apr

The art group will be showing over 100 artworks from most members, which will include, acrylic, pastel, pencil, and mixed media.

Battle of Gate Pa Trust exhibition display auction

Battle of Gate Pa Trust exhibition display auction

21 Apr to 22 Apr

The Battle of Gate Pa Trust is planning to have an auction of the exhibition displays the sound system and TVs in the cargo shed on 22 April with viewing on 21 April .

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

21 Apr to 22 Apr

Fairytale Dance productions in association with Susanne Hanger Dance are celebrating the diverse talents of her pupils and their families to bring to Baycourt the tale of Puss in Boots, where good once again triumphs over evil.

Melting Faces

Melting Faces

21 Apr

Wellington psych-rock folk funk band is coming to town!

AOTNZ - Hopetoun Brown and the genius of Finn Scholes

AOTNZ - Hopetoun Brown and the genius of Finn Scholes

23 Apr

Be amazed by these three multi-instrumentalists armed with bass clarinets, tubas & trombones are swapped for trumpets, saxophones and an assortment of strange keyboard instruments.

Morning Melodies

Morning Melodies

24 Apr

Join Friends of Baycourt and Tauranga City Mayor Greg Brownless for a morning of music, song, dance and laughter!

TimeLiners on Tour

TimeLiners on Tour

25 Apr

The kaupapa of the tour is to perform, live, material from the various recording projects along with newer material which naturally springs from Neil and his cohorts.

Anzac Day - Tauranga Civic Memorial Service

Anzac Day - Tauranga Civic Memorial Service

25 Apr

Join us as we honour the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and remember those involved in other conflicts at this year’s Anzac Day Civic Memorial Service at 9am on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at Memorial Park.

Hakuna Mama

Hakuna Mama

27 Apr

When was the last time you were able to get a free haircut, get a new tattoo or get down to funky beats while live art is being created in front of you courtesy of some of our communities most talented creatives?

Wunderhorn

Wunderhorn

28 Apr

The French horn is visually glamorous, sublime to listen to, and demanding of a performer with supremely polished skill.

Speedway Closing Night Fireworks Extravaganza

Speedway Closing Night Fireworks Extravaganza

28 Apr

Watch the 2017/18 season come to an end with a bang!

Cult Cinema Club - Donnie Darko

Cult Cinema Club - Donnie Darko

28 Apr

We'll be kicking off the start of our Autumn/Winter18 film season with the indie cult classic, 'Donnie Darko'!

Those Lethals, Ash Laforteza

Those Lethals, Ash Laforteza

28 Apr

With a soulful take on rhythm and blues, Ash Laforteza is sure to get you grooving with original songs and a spicy fresh cover or two.

Carl Barron: Drinking with a fork

Carl Barron: Drinking with a fork

29 Apr

After making over 300,000 people laugh on his last tour, Carl returns at his brilliant best with his brand new show. Be there for a night where Carl blends structure with chance, or as he likes to call it – drinking with a fork. Age restriction: 15+

Heath Franklin's Chopper - Bogan Jesus

Heath Franklin

01 May

The world’s had religion ever since God was in nappies, & what have we got to show for it: wars, terrorist attacks & Christian rock. It's time religion took a look at itself, so Chopper’s starting his own, in his own image, & giving hell to the almighty.

Moscow Ballet 'La Classique' – The Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet

02 May

This romantic tale with its blend of magic and realism brings to life the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the famous “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “The Waltz of the Flowers.”

The Tauranga Home Show

The Tauranga Home Show

04 May to 06 May

The Tauranga Home Show is the perfect place to find all of your home products and service needs under one roof.

Gatsby Casino Night Multi - Charity Fundraiser

Gatsby Casino Night Multi - Charity Fundraiser

04 May

High Hopes Haven is holding its second fundraising event to raise awareness and funds for their charity as well as in support of another local charity ARRC Wildlife Trust.

Art Anarchy - An Exhibition by Zig Beatnik

Art Anarchy - An Exhibition by Zig Beatnik

05 May to 23 May

The exhibition “Art is Anarchy” by Zig Beatnik

A Taste of New Zealand Sign Language

A Taste of New Zealand Sign Language

08 May

This is a great opportunity for you to have a go learning some basic New Zealand Sign Language.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

09 May to 12 May

The well-known tale of Beauty & the Beast is magically bought to life by Tauranga Girls’ & Tauranga Boys’ Colleges. With stunning set & costumes, extravagant dance numbers & well known songs this magical production will be a favourite for young & old.

New Zealand Sign Language Quiz Night

New Zealand Sign Language Quiz Night

11 May

Join a fun Quiz Night to celebrate NZSL week.

Automatic 80s

Automatic 80s

12 May

The Mount! Pitch Perfect Promotions is excited to bring the Automatic 80s Live show back to Totara St, The Mount.

Jennian Homes Mother's Day Fun Run/Walk - Tauranga

Jennian Homes Mother

13 May

The Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns to Tauranga, offering women the chance to have fun, get active and support a worthy cause.

Annie

Annie

23 May to 26 May

Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts as she searches for her parents who abandoned her at an orphanage.

Hook Drive-In Movie: The Tauranga Vintage Festival

Hook Drive-In Movie: The Tauranga Vintage Festival

25 May

Drive-In and be taken back with The Tauranga Vintage Markets screening of Hook - a 90's American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring the legendary Robin Williams.

Stan Walker

Stan Walker

26 May

You've all been asking... and now you can see "Stan" 'One Off' live singing his new songs.

Tauranga Vintage Festival

Tauranga Vintage Festival

26 May to 27 May

The Little Big Markets are excited to annouce the awesomeness that is the Tauranga Vintage Festival.

Tauranga Armageddon 2018

Tauranga Armageddon 2018

26 May to 27 May

#BAYOFGEDDON is back!

The Ten Tenors - wish you were here

The Ten Tenors - wish you were here

29 May to 30 May

The TEN Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power.

Waste Free Parenting Workshop

Waste Free Parenting Workshop

30 May

This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste in your home especially with young children in the house.

Food Lovers Master Class

Food Lovers Master Class

31 May

At this educational masterclass, not only will you receive $100 worth of goodies from your local council, you will get lots of exciting and inspirational advice around ways you can reduce your food waste.

Distortion - A Night of Underground Music

Distortion - A Night of Underground Music

01 Jun

Distortion - Spring Edition: Part 1/4

Project Youth Hip Hop Dance Competition 2018

Project Youth Hip Hop Dance Competition 2018

02 Jun to 03 Jun

In its 9th year, Project now caters to youth from all over New Zealand over two days.

Mt Runners Half Marathon

Mt Runners Half Marathon

03 Jun

Queen's Birthday Weekend, Sunday 3rd June. Run or walk the 21km, 10km or 5km course while enjoying the stunning backdrop of the Mount beaches and the Mauao base track.

Chris Hainsworth on the Mighty Wurly

Chris Hainsworth on the Mighty Wurly

06 Jun

“One of New Zealand's most entertaining classical organists", Chris tours New Zealand regularly with enjoyable, informative and thought-provoking performances. Presented by: Baycourt Presents.

2018 Ladies Charity Luncheon

2018 Ladies Charity Luncheon

08 Jun

Back by popular demand the 2018 Ladies Charity Luncheon. Developed from years of experience in running similar events, this event is be the 'Must-attend' women's event in the Bay each year.

FreshMoves 2018 - "Because"

FreshMoves 2018 - "Because"

12 Jun to 13 Jun

BOP Dance presents “BECAUSE” the 2018 FreshMoves Dance Festival. A celebration of original dance created by Bay of Plenty primary school children to communicate their interpretation of this year’s theme BECAUSE.

He Kura E Huna Ana

He Kura E Huna Ana

19 Jun to 20 Jun

Te reo Maori play He Kura E Huna Ana is drawn from the legendary creation story of greenstone in Aotearoa.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ignite the Crown

Ignite the Crown

29 Jun

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Ticket price includes 30 minute Q&A with Michael Hurst after the performance.

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.

Ledlenser Run Beneath the Stars

Ledlenser Run Beneath the Stars

01 Sep

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

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.

Vegan Vibes

Vegan Vibes

22 Sep

Vegan Vibes is back this September the 22nd 2018!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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