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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.

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.

Ko Maui Hangarau!

Ko Maui Hangarau!

29 Aug

A one-day event featuring some of the best Maori technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs, and aims to awaken, inspire and ignite rangatahi (16 - 24 years), and help connect them with the innovation ingrained in their DNA.

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!

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!

Exploring The Abstract

Exploring The Abstract

09 Aug to 06 Sep

Hands on practical approach to painting in the abstract with oils. Demystify abstract art with an award winning artist and invited guest artists. Stretch your own canvas.

Suffrage 125 - Vahine - Wahine by Jo Torr

Suffrage 125 - Vahine - Wahine by Jo Torr

10 Aug to 28 Aug

Jo Torr’s exhibition Vahine Wahine brings together two of Torr’s well known series of work to celebrate New Zealand women who won the right to vote in 1893.

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 Frazzled Kiwi Adventure Race

The Frazzled Kiwi Adventure Race

19 Aug

A fantastic adventurous event for all to enjoy.

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.

Suffrage 125: Wonder Women Free Speaker Series

Suffrage 125: Wonder Women Free Speaker Series

22 Aug

Come and listen to words of wisdom from our speakers, communications coach Gail Page and focus magazine editor Dee Collins.

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.

Crowns and Kings

Crowns and Kings

25 Aug

Handel's "Dixit Dominus" & "Coronation Anthems" performed by the Scholars Pro Musica Chamber Choir and NZBarok.

Ko Maui Hangarau!

Ko Maui Hangarau!

29 Aug

A one-day event featuring some of the best Maori technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs, and aims to awaken, inspire and ignite rangatahi (16 - 24 years), and help connect them with the innovation ingrained in their DNA.

Suffrage 125 - Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Suffrage 125 - Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

29 Aug to 04 Sep

Merata Mita, pioneering Maori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film, is celebrated by her youngest son, archivist Heperi Mita, collaborating with his siblings to deliver a richly personal portrait.

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!

It's About Time

It

03 Sep to 07 Sep

The Tauranga Primary Schools’ Music Festival 2018 bring together 31 choirs over five nights from local Primary/Intermediate schools embracing this year’s theme ‘It’s About Time’.

Suffrage 125 - Schools Debate: 1893, Why should men get the vote?

Suffrage 125 - Schools Debate: 1893, Why should men get the vote?

04 Sep

Step back in time and join us for a debate between Tauranga Girls’ College and Tauranga Boys’ College on whether men deserve the vote.

Suffrage 125 - Are We There Yet? An Evening with Helen Clark

Suffrage 125 - Are We There Yet? An Evening with Helen Clark

07 Sep

Former Prime Minister and United Nations Development Programme Administrator, Rt Hon. Helen Clark will be speaking in Tauranga in September as part of the Suffrage 125 celebrations. Helen will take part in a discussion moderated by Elizabeth Hughes.

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

Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships

Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships

09 Sep to 14 Sep

The 15th annual Anchor AIMS Games will host a record 10,851 intermediate-aged competitors from more than 320 schools all over New Zealand and the Pacific.

Suffrage 125 - Celia

Suffrage 125 - Celia

10 Sep to 16 Sep

Amanda Millar’s moving documentary CELIA celebrates the enduring legacy of Celia Lashlie, a passionate advocate for social interventions that equipped those long deprived of choice with the tools for responsible decision making.

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.

Suffrage 125: Frocks on Bikes Tauranga

Suffrage 125: Frocks on Bikes Tauranga

15 Sep

Dress vintage style or in the New Zealand suffrage colours of Gold White and Violet. Enjoy a bicycle tour of the historic Te Papa area, followed by a shared picnic afternoon tea at The Elms.

Suffrage 125 - Redefining Workplace Roles

Suffrage 125 - Redefining Workplace Roles

18 Sep

Tauranga Business Women's Network are holding a lunchtime panel discussion with 3 local women who are working in traditionally male dominated industries.

Suffrage 125 - Are We There Yet? An Evening with Jan Tinetti

Suffrage 125 - Are We There Yet? An Evening with Jan Tinetti

19 Sep

Former principal of Merivale School and current Labour List MP based in Tauranga, Jan Tinetti will be speaking in Tauranga in September as part of the Suffrage 125 celebrations.

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.

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.

Vegan Vibes

Vegan Vibes

22 Sep

Vegan Vibes is back this September the 22nd 2018!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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