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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.

Mr G: HOME

Mr G: HOME

09 Nov to 09 Feb

Mr G coming ‘home’ for first solo exhibition

Cult Cinema Club

Cult Cinema Club

11 Jan to 25 Jul

Artisan street food, live music and licensed bar, topped off with cult, indie, arthouse, local and classic films -try something different at Cult Cinema Club!

Cold Chisel

Cold Chisel

05 Feb

Legendary Australian rockers Cold Chisel head to Tauranga for one NZ show!

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.

WHO AM I? EPISODE 001

WHO AM I? EPISODE 001

05 Oct to 01 Mar

A first survey exhibition of local contemporary artist Kelcy Taratoa.

Te Rangi Haupapa - A woven history

Te Rangi Haupapa - A woven history

19 Oct to 08 Mar

An exhibition combining contemporary art and historical objects from the Bay of Plenty region offers insight into Aotearoa New Zealand’s tumultuous past.

Mr G: HOME

Mr G: HOME

09 Nov to 09 Feb

Mr G coming ‘home’ for first solo exhibition

Dinner in the Domain

Dinner in the Domain

28 Nov to 26 Mar

Dinner in the Domain is a weekly artisan food market held in the idyllic Papamoa Domain. The best of the best that the Bay has to offer.

Cult Cinema Club

Cult Cinema Club

11 Jan to 25 Jul

Artisan street food, live music and licensed bar, topped off with cult, indie, arthouse, local and classic films -try something different at Cult Cinema Club!

Introduction to Yoga Programme

Introduction to Yoga Programme

13 Jan to 03 Feb

New to Yoga? This Introduction to Yoga Programme is the perfect way to begin (or reawaken) your yoga practice!

Tauranga Village Night Market

Tauranga Village Night Market

17 Jan to 27 Mar

Nobody cooks on Friday.

Treaty180 Exhibition: Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840-2020

Treaty180 Exhibition: Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840-2020

24 Jan to 30 Apr

The Treaty180 exhibition at Tauranga City Library commemorates 180 years since Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed at the Bay of Islands on 6 February 1840 and then in Tauranga Moana on 10 April 1840.

Canadian Concert in Tauranga!

Canadian Concert in Tauranga!

28 Jan

International award winning Canadian roots musician armed with 5 instruments, 7 records and 2500 concerts in 11 countries behind him. "Majestic songwriting, genuine authenticity, incredible insight" Americana UK

Oh Sweet Nothings - Emergency Procedures Tour w/ Rat Dickz and Cold Fruit Cup

Oh Sweet Nothings - Emergency Procedures Tour w/ Rat Dickz and Cold Fruit Cup

31 Jan

Known for their whimsical and off-kilter approach to song writing as well as their erratic live performances, Poneke based indie/post-alternative/post-post-punk band Oh Sweet Nothings are celebrating the release of their new EP "Emergency Procedures".

Paul Bosauder - Tierra Y Mar

Paul Bosauder - Tierra Y Mar

01 Feb

Tierra y Mar, combines the strains of traditional flamenco guitar, song and dance direct from Spain to create a truly moving and unique theatre experience.

Beginners Drawing with Nick Eggleston

Beginners Drawing with Nick Eggleston

03 Feb to 24 Feb

A practical guide to learn the fundamental skills needed for drawing, with Nick Eggleston, one of our awesome resident tutors!

Waste Free Parenting Workshop

Waste Free Parenting  Workshop

03 Feb

In Kate Mead’s longest running and most popular waste minimisation workshop, you’ll be shocked, educated, and entertained.

Printing Fun with Gelli Plates

Printing Fun with Gelli Plates

04 Feb to 18 Feb

Have fun experimenting with a new medium, beginners welcome, learn how you can print from home.

Restlessness and Raisins - Life on a Guano Island

Restlessness and Raisins - Life on a Guano Island

05 Feb

Join Heritage Specialist Abigail Wharne as she talks about Harold Willey Hudson’s experiences on Jarvis Island with New Zealand photographer Henry Winkelmann.

Cold Chisel

Cold Chisel

05 Feb

Legendary Australian rockers Cold Chisel head to Tauranga for one NZ show!

Waitangi Day Races

Waitangi Day Races

06 Feb

Summer family fun at the Races!

Waitangi Day BBQ at Memorial Pool

Waitangi Day BBQ at Memorial Pool

06 Feb

Celebrate Waitangi Day at Memorial Pool.

He Iwi Kotahi (One People) Waitangi Day Festival 2020

He Iwi Kotahi (One People) Waitangi Day Festival 2020

06 Feb

He Iwi Kotahi (One People) Waitangi Day Festival 2020 will take on special significance this year with a day of ceremony and celebration at The Historic Village.

Mauao Super Slam

Mauao Super Slam

07 Feb to 09 Feb

Fifth stop on the New Zealand Beach Volleyball Tour.

Kevin Fraser Live

Kevin Fraser Live

08 Feb

Known as the guy on the internet with his impressions on the daily struggles of life, Kevin Fraser now trots the globe, delivering comedy everywhere visits. Expect a whirlwind as he unearths his frustrations on even the most simplest issues of life.

Speedway – Rolling Thunder

Speedway – Rolling Thunder

08 Feb

Speedway – Rolling Thunder.

Chinese Cultural Storytime

Chinese Cultural Storytime

10 Feb to 06 Apr

Singing and story-time fun at Library.

Toddler Time

Toddler Time

11 Feb to 13 Feb

Libraries Story fun time for pre-schoolers!

Fundamentals of Oil Painting - The Portrait

Fundamentals of Oil Painting - The Portrait

12 Feb to 08 Apr

An inspiring and productive course for all levels of experience over a 9-week block course.

Fundamentals of Oil Painting - The Figure, Day Class

Fundamentals of Oil Painting - The Figure, Day Class

12 Feb to 08 Apr

An inspiring and productive course for all levels of experience over a 9-week block course.

Oil Painting Fundamentals - The Figure, Night Class

Oil Painting Fundamentals - The Figure, Night Class

12 Feb to 08 Apr

An inspiring and productive course for all levels of experience over a 9-week block course.

Oil Painting Fundamentals - Portrait & Figure, Day Class

Oil Painting Fundamentals - Portrait & Figure, Day Class

13 Feb to 09 Apr

An inspiring and productive course for all levels of experience over a 9-week block course.

Lookout

Lookout

14 Feb to 16 Feb

Created in collaboration with local primary school children, Lookout is an encounter between one adult audience member and one child performer somewhere high up, overlooking Tauranga. Together they look out at their city and imagine its future.

3x3 Quest Tour Tauranga

3x3 Quest Tour Tauranga

15 Feb

Come and join us again at the Harbourside Netball Centre, Blake Park, Mt Maunganui as the 3x3 Quest Tour returns to the Mount for another year.

The Extravaganza Fair

The Extravaganza Fair

15 Feb to 16 Feb

All the fun of the fair!!! The Extravaganza Fair bringing unique shopping, live music, circus & magic shows, kids fun & rides, readers, tiny homes, food, drinks, Lucky Star DJ zone & much more!!! Free entry!

We Run The Night

We Run The Night

15 Feb

A social night run event comprising of the main half marathon distance 21km, 14km and 7km events run over the flat sealed roads of Mount Maunganui.

Orchid & Plant Auction

Orchid & Plant Auction

18 Feb

Great chance to buy some reasonably priced orchids.

Speedway

Speedway

22 Feb

Baypark Speedway.

Generation Homes Women's Triathlon

Generation Homes Women

23 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 and at any level of fitness and ability.

ACG Tauranga Open Day

ACG Tauranga Open Day

27 Feb

ACG Tauranga offers a truly world-class education right here in the Bay of Plenty. We warmly welcome you and the whole family to our Open Day.

D1NZ – National Drifting Championship

D1NZ – National Drifting Championship

28 Feb to 29 Feb

Round 3 - D1NZ National Drifting Championship

Holi Colour Splash 2020

Holi Colour Splash 2020

29 Feb

Get ready for Tauranga's biggest and most vibrant festival of love and join the Holi fun and colour chase: immerse yourself in a pool of colours, dance and frolic with your friends and rejuvenate your body and soul!

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals

29 Feb

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals will return to New Zealand early next year for a five-date tour.

All Ford Day 2020

All Ford Day 2020

01 Mar

Car show for the Ford enthusiasts including Ms. Retro best-dressed competition.

Ciphering Love - love letters in the Gellibrand and Crapp papers

Ciphering Love - love letters in the Gellibrand and Crapp papers

04 Mar

Deciphering love – looking over the shoulders of Captain Crapp and Dottie Gellibrand as they live, love and struggle in mid 19th Century Omokoroa.

Mauao Half Marathon 2020!

Mauao Half Marathon 2020!

07 Mar

Whether a competitive off road Mountain Goat runner or someone just looking for a challenge with breath-taking scenery, the Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon appeals to all.

Relay for Life Bay of Plenty

Relay for Life Bay of Plenty

07 Mar

Relay For Life is an inspiring community event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate cancer survivors and carers; remember loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of Cancer Society.

Speedway - Demolition Derby

Speedway - Demolition Derby

07 Mar

Baypark Speedway - Demolition Derby

Pride Picnic 2020

Pride Picnic 2020

08 Mar

A exciting celebration of diversity, fun and music in a concert for your friends and family. Just make sure you're absolutely fabulous!

Realising Beethoven

Realising Beethoven

11 Mar

To mark the 250th anniversary of his birth, the NZSO presents a unique concert guiding you through the music of Beethoven, his influences and composers he subsequently inspired.

Goldberg Variations

Goldberg Variations

12 Mar

NZSO brings J S Bach’s masterpiece 'Goldberg Variations' to Tauranga audiences. First written for harpsichord, it opens with a beautifully tranquil and ornamented Aria followed by 30 intricate and distinct variations performed on a variety of instruments.

Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination workshops

Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination workshops

13 Mar to 14 Mar

Join internationally accredited trainers for these unique workshops which support building cohesion in a diverse society.

Rhythm and Raga

Rhythm and Raga

14 Mar

Local artist Kutu Mukherjee presents an evening of Indian melodies

Water Fight

Water Fight

14 Mar

The Bay's Biggest Water Fight to keep you cool this summer!

St. Patrick's Day Races

St. Patrick

14 Mar

Get your green on and celebrate all that's Irish at the Races!

Menopause the Musical

Menopause the Musical

15 Mar

The original New York and Las Vegas hit Menopause The Musical® returns to New Zealand in 2020! See what 11+ million women (and brave men) have been laughing about for 17 years. It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!

Marra Sprint Triathlon

Marra Sprint Triathlon

15 Mar

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Maunganui, the Marra Sprint Triathlon returns for the 33rd year. This is an event for the entire family!

TINA Simply The Best

TINA Simply The Best

18 Mar

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this full stage production brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. Featuring the thrilling Caroline Borole & amazing live band & dancers - a fabulous fun night out!

Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir

20 Mar

The Soweto Gospel Choir are bringing their Freedom tour to New Zealand in 2020 in honor of the father of their rainbow nation, Nelson Mandela, and South Africa’s struggle for freedom.

Floyd Live

Floyd Live

21 Mar

Floyd Live returns to Baycourt following their sold out show in 2018! Bringing their distinctive "Floyd" sound, captured by the experienced and seasoned 8-piece band's emotive and soulful musicianship, Pink Floyd lovers won't want to miss this show!

Happy Harbour Fun Day

Happy Harbour Fun Day

21 Mar

A free, family-friendly event where kids can get involved in discovering what makes Tauranga Moana so amazing.

Speedway - Bay of Plenty Champs

Speedway - Bay of Plenty Champs

21 Mar

Baypark Speedway – Bay of Plenty Championships

Waipuna Hospice Super Hero Walk 2020

Waipuna Hospice Super Hero Walk 2020

22 Mar

Who’s your hero? Walking to honour, remember and celebrate the hero’s in our life.

Winding Up

Winding Up

25 Mar to 26 Mar

Freshly-knighted theatre legend Sir Roger Hall returns to Tauranga with Auckland Theatre Company. ‘Winding Up’ showcases Hall in classic form, demonstrating his inimitable wit and knowing insight, while comic legends Alison Quigan and Mark Hadlow.

Waste Free Living Workshop

Waste Free Living Workshop

26 Mar

The bad news: the amount of waste Kiwi’s send to landfills has increased by over 20% in the last three years. The good news: we can change this – and it’s easy!

Healthvision Festival of Disability Sport 2020

Healthvision Festival of Disability Sport 2020

28 Mar to 29 Mar

A high energy event which brings together physically disabled athletes, across multiple sporting codes, to compete over one weekend. With 'have a go' sports available to try, there will be something for everyone. Come and check it out.

180 years of the Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga

180 years of the Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga

01 Apr

180 years ago, on 10 April 1840, one of the signings of the Treaty of Waitangi took place in Tauranga Moana.

VolFest 2020

VolFest 2020

04 Apr

Join us and showcase what you do!

Pay What You Want Tauranga Half Marathon

Pay What You Want Tauranga Half Marathon

05 Apr

The ability to “Pay What You Want”. A New Zealand first! Half Marathon, 15km, 10km, 5km, Matua Mile options available!

43rd National Youth Jazz Competition

43rd National Youth Jazz Competition

08 Apr to 09 Apr

The National Youth Jazz Competition showcases the very best emerging jazz players from New Zealand secondary schools. Come and listen to these musically talented Combos and Big Bands strut their stuff for trophies, prizes and awards.

National Jazz Festival Tauranga 2020

National Jazz Festival Tauranga 2020

08 Apr to 12 Apr

The 58th National Jazz Festival presents a fantastic programme of events in Tauranga this Easter from 8 to 12 April 2020, showcasing performances from some of the best jazz musicians in Australasia.

The New Zealand Army Band Jazz Spectacular

The New Zealand Army Band Jazz Spectacular

09 Apr

The world-famous New Zealand Army Band is back to entertain and impress with their dynamic Big Band. Boasting top class vocal and instrumental soloists, the band delivers innovative and exciting musical performances. A concert not to be missed!

Ben Wilcock & The Jelly Rolls with Roger Manins

Ben Wilcock & The Jelly Rolls with Roger Manins

10 Apr

Ben Wilcock & The Jelly Rolls are joined by one of NZ’s finest musicians, saxophonist Roger Manins in a one-off performance. Playing original material from both Manins and The Jelly Rolls’ catalogue, as well as unique interpretations of jazz standards.

Piping Hot Dixie: Shirazz (AUS) with Scott Harrison (AUS) on the Mighty Wurli

Piping Hot Dixie: Shirazz (AUS) with Scott Harrison (AUS) on the Mighty Wurli

10 Apr

Festival favourites Shirazz are joined by organist Scott Harrison in a celebration of the hottest trad jazz and Wurlitzer magic. They will present a programme of New Orleans favourites alongside originals that show off the best of the band and the organ.

Kevin Field Quartet with Bex Peterson (FIJI)

Kevin Field Quartet with Bex Peterson (FIJI)

11 Apr

Acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field is joined by one of New Zealand’s greatest expatriate vocalists Bex Peterson for a very special one-off concert featuring originals, standards and jazzy interpretations of iconic kiwi pop tunes.

James Morrison Quartet (AUS)

James Morrison Quartet (AUS)

11 Apr

The James Morrison Quartet is one of the world’s most in demand jazz groups. Featuring multi-instrumentalist James Morrison, with his two sons, William and Harry with drummer Patrick Danao. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear swinging jazz from the best.

Miho’s Jazz Orchestra

Miho’s Jazz Orchestra

12 Apr

Japanese-born flute and sax player Miho Wada performs a unique blend of world jazz, fusing her distinctive pan-pacific flavour with Afro-Cuban flute, Japanese pop and irresistibly dance-happy grooves. Charming, quirky and upbeat!

Symphony of Jazz

Symphony of Jazz

12 Apr

The BOP Symphonia will jazz it up with Joplin, Gershwin and Ellington. Featuring piano soloist Soomin Kim and conductor Justus Rozemond. Hear a dazzling selection of jazz influenced orchestral music.

The Extravaganza Fair

The Extravaganza Fair

25 Apr to 27 Apr

All the fun of the fair!!! The Extravaganza Fair bringing unique shopping, live music, circus & magic shows, kids fun & rides, readers, tiny homes, food, drinks, Lucky Star DJ zone & much more!!! Free entry!

The Ten Tenors

The Ten Tenors

27 Apr to 28 Apr

The Ten Tenors perform a unique combination of classical & contemporary music featuring ten-part harmonies. Globally acclaimed, critics praise their ability to “ignite hearts” with their effortless charm and “magnificent vocals”.

Tauranga Musica - John Chen

Tauranga Musica - John Chen

29 Apr

NZ pianist & audience favourite John Chen returns to Tauranga to perform a passionate and virtuosic programme consisting of Mazurkas and Polonaises by Chopin, plus the last and least frequently performed of Schumanns’ three piano sonatas.

Springs in the City

Springs in the City

06 May

Springs in the City - The locations, history and potential solutions to restore the springs in Tauranga city centre with guest speaker Joe McAuley.

Heath Franklin's Chopper - The Silencer

Heath Franklin

13 May

Chopper cordially invites the world to shut up. Welcome The Silencer. Amongst the noise, hysteria, angst, snowflakes and trolls, who'll give us a bit of bloody shush? Chopper's here to machete through the jungle of bull. R15+ contains strong language

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

14 May to 15 May

Moscow Ballet La Classique return to Baycourt with ballet's most loved fairytale, Sleeping Beauty. Enjoy artistic ballet mastery at its finest & go on a mystical journey to the fairytale world of princess aurora the Sleeping Beauty.

Unearthing the Ulster Plantation

Unearthing the Ulster Plantation

03 Jun

Photographs and documents relating to the early European settlement of Katikati.

Tauranga Armageddon Expo 2020

Tauranga Armageddon Expo 2020

06 Jun to 07 Jun

NZ's largest pop culture celebration returns to Tauranga for another huge event!

World of Musicals

World of Musicals

22 Jun

World of Musicals brings the very best, colorful, 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.

Venus Rising

Venus Rising

27 Jun to 28 Jun

Four celestial ballets, by inspirational and internationally renowned choreographers, capture the spirit and power of Venus Rising – brightest of stars, herald of the dusk and of the dawn. Presented by the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Leaving Jackson

Leaving Jackson

11 Aug

For over 40 years Johnny Cash & June Carter's love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written & enthralled audiences around the world. This 2 hour live concert will have you singing, laughing and crying for more.

Friends! The Musical Parody

Friends! The Musical Parody

02 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.

The ABBA Show

The ABBA Show

21 Nov

By popular demand, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute returns to Baycourt! This full-scale concert production featuring energetic musical performances, live band, replica costumes and more gives fans a chance to re-live the ABBA concert experience!

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