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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.

Tauranga Mountain Film Festival

Tauranga Mountain Film Festival

07 Aug

The 2021 Tauranga Mountain Film Festival is an evening showcasing some of the best mountain films from New Zealand and around the world.

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

21 Aug

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

Anchor AIMS Games 2021

Anchor AIMS Games 2021

04 Sep to 10 Sep

Anchor AIMS Games is an inter-school sporting competition for young sportspeople across New Zealand and the wider South Pacific.

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.

The Little Big Markets

The Little Big Markets

17 Apr to 25 Sep

Gourmet street food, curated craft stalls, live music and lots of activities to entertain the little ones.

Sunday Cinema

Sunday Cinema

02 May to 05 Sep

BYO bean bags, cushions, blankets or deck chairs to enjoy a FREE outdoor cinema. The First Sunday of the month, May through to September.

Friday Night Fun Night at Baywave

Friday Night Fun Night at Baywave

21 May to 30 Jul

When the sun goes down on a Friday evening, Baywave comes to life!

Historic Village Wellbeing Market

Historic Village Wellbeing Market

19 Jun to 20 Nov

Tauranga's fantastic monthly wellbeing market, wonderful stalls, Holistic practitioners, natural health products, massage, crystals, candles, herbs, smudge sticks, Aura-Soma & more....

BayActive Sports League - Thursday Netball

BayActive Sports League - Thursday Netball

01 Jul to 26 Aug

Stay active over winter and meet new people at Thursday Mixed 6 Aside Netball!

Knit & Knatter - Greerton

Knit & Knatter - Greerton

06 Jul to 28 Sep

For keen knitters and amateurs who enjoy a good knatter. Newcomers are welcome!

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition

07 Jul to 30 Jul

Designs by Janet Collenette - Art Exhibition

Knit & Knatter - Papamoa

Knit & Knatter - Papamoa

07 Jul to 29 Sep

For keen knitters and amateurs who enjoy a good knatter. Newcomers are welcome!

Knit & Knatter - Mount

Knit & Knatter - Mount

07 Jul to 29 Sep

For keen knitters and amateurs who enjoy a good knatter. Newcomers are welcome!

Improv Comedy Jams 11 July

Improv Comedy Jams 11 July

11 Jul to 01 Aug

Come have a laugh with completely made up improvised comedy.

Level II Drawing Course

Level II Drawing Course

14 Jul to 04 Aug

Drawing Level II for those that have been lucky enough to attend one of Nicks beginner’s classes in the past

Fundamentals of Painting

Fundamentals of Painting

20 Jul to 17 Aug

This course will be based on traditional painting techniques with some contemporary approaches

BayActive Corporate Games

BayActive Corporate Games

22 Jul to 16 Sep

Boost Team Morale with BayActive Corporate Games

Canvas Tauranga Careers Expo 2021

Canvas Tauranga Careers Expo 2021

30 Jul to 31 Jul

Which University is best? How do I get into the trades?

Made for Opus: Composer Encounters

Made for Opus: Composer Encounters

31 Jul

Made for Opus: Composer Encounters features a programme of superb NZ works commissioned or arranged especially for Opus. Each composer will introduce their work, then, following the performances, the audience is invited to stay on for a Q&A session.

Mahy Magic

Mahy Magic

31 Jul

Mahy Magic is an early afternoon delight created for children and families. Favourite works by the beloved Kiwi writer are set to music by award-winning composer Philip Norman, including ‘The Tin Can Band’, ‘The Lion in the Meadow’, and more.

Sunday Village Market

Sunday Village Market

01 Aug

Not to be Missed

Improv Comedy Jams - Honest Liars featuring Jim Fishwick

Improv Comedy Jams - Honest Liars featuring Jim Fishwick

01 Aug to 05 Sep

Hilarious Improvised Comedy where everything is made up on the spot based on your suggestions. Like "Whose Line is it Anyway." Special guest performer, award-winning improvisor and teacher, Jim Fishwick. This is a show not to miss. Jim has performed and t

BayActive Sports League - Monday Fastnet Netball

BayActive Sports League - Monday Fastnet Netball

02 Aug to 04 Oct

Stay active over winter and meet new people at Monday Fastnet Netball.

The Last Feather

The Last Feather

03 Aug to 04 Aug

Tauranga Intermediate presents the stage production story of the extinction of the Huia – Aotearoa’s lost taonga.

Cinemate Film Club

Cinemate Film Club

03 Aug to 17 Aug

Free movie screening of award winners or classics with a cuppa!

Pin’d Creative Showcase

Pin’d Creative Showcase

07 Aug

Presented by Global Connexions, the Pin’d Creative Showcase is a fashion competition open to garments designed by intermediate, secondary and tertiary textile students.

Kids Pottery Classes

Kids Pottery Classes

07 Aug

Make a pottery jug

Family History - Make a Family Tree

Family History - Make a Family Tree

07 Aug

Come along to this family activity and make a Family Tree at Tauranga city library during Family History month

Battle in the Bay 2021

Battle in the Bay 2021

07 Aug to 08 Aug

A Cheerleading and Dance Championships held every year in the beautiful Mount Maunganui.

Children's Writers and Illustrators Networking Lunch

Children

07 Aug

Meet up for a casual lunch and chat with other children's writers, illustrators and bibliophiles.

Tauranga Mountain Film Festival

Tauranga Mountain Film Festival

07 Aug

The 2021 Tauranga Mountain Film Festival is an evening showcasing some of the best mountain films from New Zealand and around the world.

DanceNZmade Interschool Regionals 2021

DanceNZmade Interschool Regionals 2021

08 Aug to 09 Aug

Bay of Plenty schools bring their best dance to the big stage in a great night of family entertainment- who will take out the title and represent your region at the National Finals at The Fly Palmy Arena!?

Takitimu

Takitimu

11 Aug to 13 Aug

TAKITIMU is the first ever full-scale production by Te Wharekura o Mauao at Baycourt. A bilingual theatre extravaganza featuring singing, dance, haka, storytelling and text (monologue and poetry)

Ancestry Library Edition – Introductory Tutorial

Ancestry Library Edition – Introductory Tutorial

11 Aug

Learn tips for effective searching on Ancestry Library Edition, including records that are available in the UK and New Zealand.

The Big Bike Film Night 'Feature Series' South - The Tour Te Waipounamu Story : Tauranga

The Big Bike Film Night

11 Aug

This gritty little film shows a behind-the-scenes look at one of the gnarliest bike adventures New Zealand has to offer.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

12 Aug

Reading, fun, games and much more for 5-11 year old's.

The Shades - The Gratitude Tour

The Shades - The Gratitude Tour

14 Aug

Kava Bowl Media proudly present The Shades Quartet on their return tour of New Zealand. Not since 2018 has NZ seen this fantastic vocal quartet.

Family History Talk

Family History Talk

14 Aug

Join us for a morning of family history discovery with our two guest speakers: Elinor Rawlings and Morag Hughson

New Zealand National Camellia Show

New Zealand National Camellia Show

14 Aug

Come and See the Best Camellias Grown in New Zealand

Wellbeing for women

Wellbeing for women

14 Aug

You're invited to join a conversation on the well-being and the health of women in today's ever-changing world.

New Zealand String Quartet 2021 National Tour

New Zealand String Quartet 2021 National Tour

19 Aug

The New Zealand String Quartet returns to perform in Tauranga this August. Immerse yourself in astounding beauty, inspire the senses, and fire your curiosity through four centuries of enlightening string quartet music.

Benee - Regional Tour 2021

Benee - Regional Tour 2021

20 Aug

Formidable indie-pop sensation and rising global superstar BENEE announced a nationwide regional tour for August

BOP Symphonia Rising Stars

BOP Symphonia Rising Stars

21 Aug

BOP Symphonia presents the finals of Rising Stars Concerto Competition. Conducted by Justus Rozemond and starring Grace Tak (cello), Hannah Seo (recorder), Hayden Butt (clarinet), Pilgyu Chang (piano) and Yusuke Takahashi (double bass).

Ancestry Library Edition – Introductory Tutorial

Ancestry Library Edition – Introductory Tutorial

21 Aug

Learn tips for effective searching on Ancestry Library Edition, including records that are available in the UK and New ZealandL

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

21 Aug

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

Tauranga Primary Schools Music Festival 2021

Tauranga Primary Schools Music Festival 2021

23 Aug to 27 Aug

The Tauranga Primary Schools Music Festival 2021 brings together 35 choirs over five nights from local priomary/intermediate schools embracing this year's theme "Songs From Aotearoa". 

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

26 Aug

Reading, fun, games and much more for 5-11 year old's.

Kids Pottery Classes

Kids Pottery Classes

28 Aug

Come and make a sea Creature

Family History - Special Drop-In Genealogy Help Session

Family History - Special Drop-In Genealogy Help Session

28 Aug

Tauranga City Library is hosting a special Drop-In Genealogy Help Session for Family History Month

Library Law Series 2021 - Tauranga Library

Library Law Series 2021 - Tauranga Library

01 Sep to 03 Nov

Join us for free seminars on wills, enduring powers of attorney, property, relationship property and family trusts.

Anchor AIMS Games 2021

Anchor AIMS Games 2021

04 Sep to 10 Sep

Anchor AIMS Games is an inter-school sporting competition for young sportspeople across New Zealand and the wider South Pacific.

The Argyle Trio

The Argyle Trio

05 Sep

The Argyle Trio – formerly known as Wilma and Friends – consists of Wilma Smith (violin), Matthias Balzat (cello) and newly added guest Michael Houstoun CNZM (piano).

Library Law Series 2021 - Papamoa Library

Library Law Series 2021 - Papamoa Library

08 Sep to 03 Nov

Join us for free seminars at Papamoa Library on wills, enduring powers of attorney, property and family trusts.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

09 Sep

Reading, fun, games and much more for 5-11 year old's.

Les Misérables

Les Misérables

10 Sep to 25 Sep

THE MUSICAL PHENOMENON RETURNS IN 2021! 26 years after first bringing Les Misérables to Baycourt, Tauranga Musical Theatre is thrilled to present a brand new, reimagined production of Les Misérables.

BayActive Sports League - Thursday Netball

BayActive Sports League - Thursday Netball

16 Sep to 14 Oct

Stay active over winter and meet new people at Thursday Mixed 6 Aside Netball - Short League

Women's Lifestyle Expo

Women

18 Sep to 19 Sep

Grab your girlfriends, mum or daughters for the ultimate girls’ day out! Join us at one of Tauranga’s largest indoor events

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

23 Sep

Reading, fun, games and much more for 5-11 year old's.

Christies Floorings Mount Golf Open

Christies Floorings Mount Golf Open

23 Sep to 26 Sep

Four round Professional Golf Tournament

Stan Walker - All in Tour

Stan Walker - All in Tour

23 Sep

With no need for introductions, Stan Walker embarks on his nationwide ‘ALL IN’ tour performing 9 spectacular shows across Aotearoa, singing all of his hit songs and some brand new music!

NZ Bridge - NZ National Bridge Congress

NZ Bridge - NZ National Bridge Congress

24 Sep to 02 Oct

New Zealand Bridge Congress - New Zealand's Premier Bridge Event

Divas & Diamonds

Divas & Diamonds

26 Sep

Glyn Tucker and Barbie Davidson take you on a magic carpet ride, recalling the classic pop songs of the 60s through to the 80s. Featuring special guest, guitar legend Gray Bartlett.

[POSTPONED] Kevin Bloody Wilson F.U.P.C. Tour

[POSTPONED] Kevin Bloody Wilson F.U.P.C. Tour

28 Sep

The outrageously funny KEVIN BLOODY WILSON returns with another dose of his fair-dinkum Aussie humour. F.U.P.C spotlights Political Correctness for what it is and how Kev sees it – a big giggle crafted in song. Supported by Jenny Talia. R18.

Wonderland Glow Show

Wonderland Glow Show

30 Sep to 01 Oct

WONDERLAND GLOW SHOW, a ‘kiwified’ interpretation of the classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ tale for tamariki, educators and whanau! Let your imagination soar as you are transported by the magic of giant scale glow-in-the-dark puppetry.

Folk Sessions 2021

Folk Sessions 2021

02 Oct

A showcase of some of NZ's most talented songwriters. Avalanche City, Holly Arrowsmith, Luke Thompson, Hans Kraenzlin, and Joseph & Maia come together for the first Folk Sessions at Baycourt for an unforgettable night of music.

Friends! The Musical Parody

Friends! The Musical Parody

03 Oct

So no one told you life was gonna be this way, nor did they tell you about the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons one of TV’s all-time greatest shows in the hit New York and Las Vegas show Friends! The Musical Parody.

Hotel California The Eagles Experience

Hotel California The Eagles Experience

06 Oct

Check-in to Hotel California The Eagles Experience – the captivating live concert and stage show saluting the extraordinary talent and timeless catalogue of The Eagles.

Tauranga Society of Artists Original Art Expo

Tauranga Society of Artists Original Art Expo

07 Oct to 10 Oct

It's Back - The Bay's biggest Art Expo all under one roof!

The Boss: Bruce Springsteen Tribute

The Boss: Bruce Springsteen Tribute

09 Oct

THE BOSS is a full production, kick-ass compliment of nine passionate musicians bringing alive the timeless music of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. A 3 hour world-class show featuring the entire 'Born In The USA' album.

Tu Meke Tūī! Live on Stage

Tu Meke Tūī! Live on Stage

11 Oct to 12 Oct

Best-selling book Tu Meke Tūī! is brought to life on stage for the very first time.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

14 Oct

Reading, fun, games and much more for 5-11 year old's.

Urzila Carlson - It's Personal

Urzila Carlson - It

14 Oct

This is a show about keeping your cards close to your chest but walking around naked. Can we have it all? Yes, but also bloody no but also it’s none of your business because IT’S PERSONAL.

Tauranga Arts Festival 2021

Tauranga Arts Festival 2021

21 Oct to 31 Oct

Established in 1999, the Tauranga Arts Festival delivers a world-class programme featuring leading artists and performers at their peak.

Salmonella Dub

Salmonella Dub

22 Oct

Dub & Bass heavy weights Salmonella Dub hit the road this spring to celebrate the release of their new album Return To Our Kowhai.

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson

23 Oct

An unmissable, masterful live performance of Troy Kingi’s album 'Black Sea Golden Ladder'. Together Troy Kingi and Delaney Davidson will deliver an intimate and deeply personal evening of soul, heart and storytelling.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

28 Oct

Reading, fun, games and much more for 5-11 year old's.

The Haka Party Incident

The Haka Party Incident

29 Oct

The Haka Party Incident resurrects the eventful day when a group of University of Auckland engineering students rehearsing their annual tradition of a mock haka are confronted by the activist group, He Taua.

Bay of Plenty Home Show

Bay of Plenty Home Show

29 Oct to 31 Oct

Create your happy place at the Bay of Plenty Home Show with over 200 inspirational exhibitors, live cooking and fun for the whole family.

[POSTPONED] World of Musicals

[POSTPONED] World of Musicals

02 Nov

World of Musicals brings the very best, colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics to life, all performed by an internationally star-studded cast presenting the audience with nightly entertainment at the highest level.

Tauranga Diwali Festival

Tauranga Diwali Festival

06 Nov

Glitter, sparkle, music, love, light, rejoice - light your bright and prosperous future with the lights on the Diwali day!

Tom Sainsbury - Snapchat Dude Live!

Tom Sainsbury - Snapchat Dude Live!

10 Nov

Tom Sainsbury is hitting the road with his brand new show SNAPCHAT DUDE LIVE! and no stone will be unturned in his quest to poke fun at New Zillunders.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

11 Nov

Reading, fun, games and much more for 5-11 year old's.

Drag Up Your Life

Drag Up Your Life

12 Nov

Get ready for a drag production full of incredible lip sync performances, stunts and tricks that’ll blow your wig right off! This is a one night drag experience you do not want to miss!

Tauranga Business Awards 2021

Tauranga Business Awards 2021

12 Nov

Celebrating & recognising the brilliance of local business

GENX/Marra Tinman Triathlon

GENX/Marra Tinman Triathlon

14 Nov

The Tinman Triathlon is proudly bought to you by GENX Homes & Marra Construction. The race has a distance for everyone.

Leaving Jackson

Leaving Jackson

20 Nov

Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. LEAVING JACKSON The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show will have you singing, laughing and crying for more.

The Bee Gees Night Fever

The Bee Gees Night Fever

23 Nov

Direct from Australia, Showtime invites you to dance your way into a time warp of 70’s disco dance floor thrillers and timeless heartfelt rock ballads with The Bee Gees Night Fever!

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

25 Nov

Reading, fun, games and much more for 5-11 year old's

Hotel California The Eagles Experience [SECOND SHOW]

Hotel California The Eagles Experience [SECOND SHOW]

12 Dec

Check-in to Hotel California The Eagles Experience – the captivating live concert and stage show saluting the extraordinary talent and timeless catalogue of The Eagles.

A Celtic Christmas by A Taste of Ireland

A Celtic Christmas by A Taste of Ireland

17 Dec

Watch two star-crossed lovers twirl beneath the mistletoe as award-winning Irish musicians complement the world’s best Irish Dancers to deliver an exciting mix of traditional tunes, heartfelt ballads, carols and red-hot rhythms.

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

27 Dec

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Maunganui & the surf beach of the mount, the iconic Eves surf breaker triathlon returns for the 37th year.

Generation Homes Womens Triathlon

Generation Homes Womens Triathlon

20 Feb

The Generation Homes Women’s Triathlon is an entry level Women’s only event that encourages participation of Women from 11 years of age & at any level of fitness and ability.

ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022

ICC Women

04 Mar to 18 Mar

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 is coming to Aotearoa for 31 incredible matches across 31 action-packed days and you can be there for all the world-class action.

Postmodern Jukebox - The Grand Reopening

Postmodern Jukebox - The Grand Reopening

11 Mar

Postmodern Jukebox makes its grand return! The famed time-twisting musical collective that puts pop music in a time-machine will bring The Grand Reopening Tour to Tauranga in March 2022.

Marra Sprint Triathlon

Marra Sprint Triathlon

13 Mar

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Maunganui, the marra sprint triathlon returns for the 35th year

Tauranga Go Green Expo 2022

Tauranga Go Green Expo 2022

19 Mar to 20 Mar

New Zealand’s Largest Green Living & Sustainable Lifestyle Show!

Bay of Plenty Baby Expo

Bay of Plenty Baby Expo

24 Sep to 25 Sep

Discover all you need to know for you, your pregnancy or young child.

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