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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.

Homecomings: From Tauranga to the Trenches

Homecomings: From Tauranga to the Trenches

12 Oct to 08 Nov

The First World War ended at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918.

Field of Remembrance – Honouring our Fallen

Field of Remembrance – Honouring our Fallen

17 Oct to 08 Nov

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

Seven's Celebrate In The Bay

Seven

02 Nov

Come down to Gordon Spratt Reserve and help us celebrate our World Champion sevens teams.

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

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.

A Common Thread

A Common Thread

05 Oct to 25 Oct

An exhibition of stunning work in mixed media, stitch, textile dyeing, and metal sculpture, by local artists.

Homecomings: From Tauranga to the Trenches

Homecomings: From Tauranga to the Trenches

12 Oct to 08 Nov

The First World War ended at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918.

Field of Remembrance – Honouring our Fallen

Field of Remembrance – Honouring our Fallen

17 Oct to 08 Nov

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

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.

Mount Maunganui College Performing Arts Awards

Mount Maunganui College Performing Arts Awards

24 Oct

Join Mount Maunganui College in celebrating their talented students at its annual Performing Arts Awards 2018. All welcome.

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.

How to be a Powerful Parent

How to be a Powerful Parent

25 Oct

How to be a powerful parent without having to resort to praise and punishment! An evening of practical advice delivered in an inspirational way by Diane Levy.

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.

Open days at Tauranga's water and wastewater treatment plants

Open days at Tauranga

26 Oct to 27 Oct

We’re opening the doors to our Oropi water treatment plant and Chapel Street wastewater treatment plant for a behind-the-scenes look at where our drinking water comes from, and where our wastewater goes.

BOP PRIDE Halloween party

BOP PRIDE Halloween party

26 Oct

BOP Pride invite you to join us once again for a night of celebration, with chills, thrills, pizza and partying.

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!

Trick or Treat Halloween Trail

Trick or Treat Halloween Trail

27 Oct

Get dressed up and come down to Fraser Cove Shopping Centre to walk the Trick or Treat Halloween Trail and collect free treats.

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.

Dog & Grog fundraiser event

Dog & Grog fundraiser event

28 Oct

Fundraiser for 'Canine Friends Pet Therapy'. Dumpling? Drink? Dog? What more could you ask for?! Oh! Speakers and spot prizes too!

Show Me Shorts - The Sampler

Show Me Shorts - The Sampler

28 Oct

Too hard to pick which films to see? We get it. This selection includes some of our most vibrant, fun and heart-warming shorts from New Zealand and around the world.

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.

Seven's Celebrate In The Bay

Seven

02 Nov

Come down to Gordon Spratt Reserve and help us celebrate our World Champion sevens teams.

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.

Russian Cultural Festival

Russian Cultural Festival

03 Nov

A complete Russian experience in one day!

Mitre 10 Mega Tauranga City to Surf

Mitre 10 Mega Tauranga City to Surf

04 Nov

Make sure you are part of the largest fun run/walk in the Bay of Plenty. There is a half marathon, 11km and 5km run or walk options on this scenice course. We welcome runners and walkers of all ability levels to join us!

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.

Armistice Centenary Service

Armistice Centenary Service

11 Nov

Commemorate Armistice Day at 11am on 11 November at Memorial Park, with two minutes silence, large-scale poppies and 109 white crosses and honour the fallen.

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

A Kiwi Armistice

A Kiwi Armistice

11 Nov

An immersive experience of sights and sounds and songs of the Great War. A journey for all ages, for one night only. Featuring the Tauranga Civic Choir and Tauranga City Brass.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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