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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.

Mr G: HOME

Mr G: HOME

09 Nov to 09 Feb

Mr G coming ‘home’ for first solo exhibition

Tauranga Food Wine and Music Festival

Tauranga Food Wine and Music Festival

23 Nov

The Tauranga Food Wine and Music Festival is about bring Kiwi’s together with the 3 things we enjoy the most; Food Wine and Music! This festival has been designed to showcase New Zealand’s yummiest cuisine, wine and beverages.

A Night Before Christmas

A Night Before Christmas

21 Dec

Grab the family and come along to the Bay’s biggest free Christmas party. Featuring live music, carols by candlelight, food trucks, kids zone, and a massive fireworks display, come and celebrate Christmas in New Zealand’s very own Bethlehem.

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.

Library Law Series

Library Law Series

04 Sep to 13 Nov

Our Library Law series is back for another year. We are very excited about the addition of Chinese language sessions for our local Chinese community. All seminars are free.

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

Nanogirl Live! - Bring On the Noise

Nanogirl Live! - Bring On the Noise

13 Nov

Join Nanogirl and her trusty lab assistant Boris as they engineer their way through a new adventure all about the science of sound. Packed with experiments, explosions and laughs, see science and engineering come to life right before your eyes.

Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand

Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand

13 Nov

Join us for a book launch and author talk about this colourful history of women in business in 19th century New Zealand.

The Bee Gees Night Fever

The Bee Gees Night Fever

14 Nov

Night Fever is jetting into town to recreate the Bee Gee’s 1997 One Night Only Las Vegas concert experience. Over two hours of live entertainment, state-of-the-art lighting, digital display screens, impeccable sound and a handpicked international cast!

Made Awards 2019

Made Awards 2019

15 Nov

The Made Awards in partnership with business sponsors seeks to reward the best efforts of entrants with fantastic ICT equipment which will further enhance the place of ICT in the learning world.

Double Dragon Noodle Night Market

Double Dragon Noodle Night Market

15 Nov

Picture yourself amongst fairy-lit lanterns smelling the spicy aromas of some of your favourite Asian cuisines.

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Farmers Market

16 Nov

Come along to Tauranga Farmers Market, held every Saturday. You'll find delicious coffee, great entertainment and lots of fresh produce!

The Little Big Markets - Papamoa

The Little Big Markets - Papamoa

16 Nov

Head along to the Little Big Markets in Papamoa, for a range of delicious food, interesting stalls and live music.

Pedal & Spokes Family Cycle Ride for Charity

Pedal & Spokes Family Cycle Ride for Charity

16 Nov

The fun family cycle ride for charity.

Spring Slavic Festival 2019

Spring Slavic Festival 2019

16 Nov

New to Tauranga - come meet the Slavs - local and from out of town - music, dance, song and glorious food! Free (nearly -donations welcomed)

Christmas at the Races

Christmas at the Races

16 Nov

Kick-start the festive season with Racing Tauranga’s Christmas at the Races!

Spiral of Sound

Spiral of Sound

16 Nov

Orchestra and marimba - a varied concert with wide appeal featuring the Bay's community orchestra and stunning local marimba soloist Yoshiko Tsuruta. Entry is by donation - pay what you can or what you think it is worth!

Mount Farmers Market

Mount Farmers Market

17 Nov

Come along to the Mount Farmers Market, held every Sunday. You'll find great coffee, fresh produce and delicious foods.

Selwyn Ridge School Extravaganza 2019

Selwyn Ridge School Extravaganza 2019

21 Nov

An action-packed evening of entertainment and celebration showcasing the Arts in Selwyn Ridge Primary.

Tauranga Woodcrafters 2019 Exhibition

Tauranga Woodcrafters 2019 Exhibition

22 Nov to 24 Nov

Exhibition of members woodwork (turning, carving, scroll saw, toys) plus demonstrations, equipment trade vendors and member's woodwork sales.

Double Dragon Noodle Night Market

Double Dragon Noodle Night Market

22 Nov

Picture yourself amongst fairy-lit lanterns smelling the spicy aromas of some of your favourite Asian cuisines.

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Farmers Market

23 Nov

Come along to Tauranga Farmers Market, held every Saturday. You'll find delicious coffee, great entertainment and lots of fresh produce!

Inflatable Fun

Inflatable Fun

23 Nov

Can you get across the inflatables in one go?

Tauranga Food Wine and Music Festival

Tauranga Food Wine and Music Festival

23 Nov

The Tauranga Food Wine and Music Festival is about bring Kiwi’s together with the 3 things we enjoy the most; Food Wine and Music! This festival has been designed to showcase New Zealand’s yummiest cuisine, wine and beverages.

Mount Farmers Market

Mount Farmers Market

24 Nov

Come along to the Mount Farmers Market, held every Sunday. You'll find great coffee, fresh produce and delicious foods.

Mud Dog Run 2019 Postponed

Mud Dog Run 2019 Postponed

24 Nov

When: Sunday, 24 November

North Island Secondary School Volleyball Championships

North Island Secondary School Volleyball Championships

26 Nov to 29 Nov

The largest event of its type in North Island Volleyball.

Ladies Night

Ladies Night

27 Nov to 07 Dec

Stage Right Trust presents a classic kiwi comedy about a group of local blokes down on their luck who decide a male strip show is the perfect way to make some quick cash! Book now for an awesome night out for all! Recommended age: 16+

Tauranga Twilight Christmas at the Races

Tauranga Twilight Christmas at the Races

28 Nov

Kick-start the festive season with Racing Tauranga’s Christmas at the Races!

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.

Dinner with Legends

Dinner with Legends

29 Nov to 30 Nov

Throughout history many remarkable people & their influences have left footprint on our society. What if we could bring these people back from the dead for a dinner party? KJ Studios explores some of the greats, and the impact they have made on our world.

Double Dragon Noodle Night Market

Double Dragon Noodle Night Market

29 Nov

Picture yourself amongst fairy-lit lanterns smelling the spicy aromas of some of your favourite Asian cuisines.

Welcome Bay Market

Welcome Bay Market

30 Nov

Plentiful free parking, great food and coffee, relaxed family friendly shopping across a variety of stalls. Support locals and grab bargains!

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Farmers Market

30 Nov

Come along to Tauranga Farmers Market, held every Saturday. You'll find delicious coffee, great entertainment and lots of fresh produce!

Trustpower Christmas Parade 2019

Trustpower Christmas Parade 2019

30 Nov

Join us for the Trustpower Christmas Parade, the parade that heralds the start of the Christmas season!

Worm Farming Workshop

Worm Farming Workshop

30 Nov

Get your tickets to come along to Tauranga City Council's 2-hour interactive workshop to learn the art of worm farming.

Sneaky Bones

Sneaky Bones

30 Nov

Acclaimed US multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and adored folk artist, Sneaky Bones returns to NZ for another epic nationwide tour.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Legally Blonde: The Musical

30 Nov to 14 Dec

A pop-rock musical based on the movie of the same name

Song of the Earth

Song of the Earth

01 Dec

Music Director Peter Walls and Opus Orchestra present ‘Song of the Earth’ featuring international tour de force Simon O’Neill, and also presenting a very special commissioned work by Ross Harris.

Mount Farmers Market

Mount Farmers Market

01 Dec

Come along to the Mount Farmers Market, held every Sunday. You'll find great coffee, fresh produce and delicious foods.

Humanity Peace

Humanity Peace

01 Dec

Don't just dance, move the world!

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

06 Dec to 07 Dec

A fairy-tale about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea to gain a human soul. Celebrating through all genres of dance, this will appeal to young and old. Performed by talented local dancers from Gillian Moore School of Dance.

Mauao Slam

Mauao Slam

07 Dec to 08 Dec

First stop on the New Zealand Beach Volleyball Tour.

Tauranga's Christmas in the Park

Tauranga

07 Dec

It's the most wonderful time of the year, lets celebrate together at Tauranga's Christmas in the Park!

Chelsea Winter – Live!

Chelsea Winter – Live!

08 Dec

BespOak Kitchens presents New Zealand’s bestselling cookbook author and kiwi favourite, Chelsea Winter, in an incredibly intimate show full of stories, demonstrations and scrumptious insight!

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

13 Dec

Supporting a talented and creatively diverse community with a unique social and environmental conscience.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

13 Dec to 14 Dec

Dance Education Centre brings the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk to life on stage as a full work ballet. Suitable for all the family, highly entertaining and not to be missed.

Tauranga Twilight Christmas at the Races

Tauranga Twilight Christmas at the Races

13 Dec

Kick-start the festive season with Racing Tauranga’s Christmas at the Races!

Family Picnic by the Pool

Family Picnic by the Pool

14 Dec

Get into the holiday vibe early!

Summer Splash

Summer Splash

14 Dec

Celebrate Summer 2019 at the pool!

A Night Before Christmas

A Night Before Christmas

21 Dec

Grab the family and come along to the Bay’s biggest free Christmas party. Featuring live music, carols by candlelight, food trucks, kids zone, and a massive fireworks display, come and celebrate Christmas in New Zealand’s very own Bethlehem.

Christmas Carols on the Waterfront 2019

Christmas Carols on the Waterfront 2019

22 Dec

The annual Carols on the Waterfront event returns this year to the city centre for it's 8th year!

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

27 Dec

If you are looking for the Triathlon race that has it all, then the EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon at Mount Maunganui is the race. This Iconic race has been on the Calendar since 1985, making it one of NZ’s oldest races.

More FM Family Fun Zone - Memorial Park

More FM Family Fun Zone - Memorial Park

28 Dec

Play games! Win prizes! Join the More FM team for a day of fun, competitions, and free stuff! Everyone is a winner!

More FM Teddy Bears Picnic

More FM Teddy Bears Picnic

29 Dec

Bring a picnic! Bring a teddy bear! And win prizes!

Wilkinson

Wilkinson

29 Dec

Drum and Bass hit-maker Wilkinson is hitting the Bay of Plenty out of the park for the first time on 29 December, delivering a one-off Drum and Bass masterclass at Soper Reserve, Mount Maunganui.

Greerton New Year’s Eve Community Celebration

Greerton New Year’s Eve Community Celebration

31 Dec

Join the local, early evening, family-friendly community celebrations this New Year’s Eve.

Papamoa New Year’s Eve Community Celebration

Papamoa New Year’s Eve Community Celebration

31 Dec

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with family, friends and neighbours.

Matua New Year’s Eve Community Celebration

Matua New Year’s Eve Community Celebration

31 Dec

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with family, friends and neighbours.

Tauranga CBD New Year’s Eve Community Celebration

Tauranga CBD New Year’s Eve Community Celebration

31 Dec

Join the local, early evening, family-friendly community celebrations this New Year’s Eve.

Interislander Summer Festival Tauranga Races

Interislander Summer Festival Tauranga Races

02 Jan

Holiday family fun at the Races!

Water Polo on the Waterfront

Water Polo on the Waterfront

03 Jan to 04 Jan

Fast and furious ocean-based water polo action at the highest level with NZs top men and women competing for the winner's trophies, Tidal Steps, The Strand, Tauranga.

More FM Family Fun Zone - Mount Drury

More FM Family Fun Zone - Mount Drury

03 Jan

Play games! Win prizes! Join the More FM team for a day of fun, competitions, and free stuff! Everyone is a winner!

Summer Thunder 2020

Summer Thunder 2020

03 Jan to 08 Jan

Thundercat Racing will be back at the beach this January, as crews battle for the National Championship in this high speed, high adrenaline, wave jumping motor-sport.

Ziggy Alberts

Ziggy Alberts

03 Jan

Due to huge demand, Ziggy Alberts is bringing his ‘Laps Around The Sun’ world tour to New Zealand in 2020.

Fat Freddy's Drop

Fat Freddy

04 Jan

The invincible Fat Freddy’s Drop has invited a swag of New Zealand’s finest musicians and international DJs to spark up their annual summer roady.

Drax Project

Drax Project

05 Jan

Drax Project are embarking on their biggest summer tour yet! And the Kiwi pop sensations are taking a top-notch line-up of emerging New Zealand talent along for the ride.

Gin Wigmore with Tami Neilson and Hollie Smith

Gin Wigmore with Tami Neilson and Hollie Smith

07 Jan

One of New Zealand’s most-loved and unique female artists, Gin Wigmore, makes her great return to the Kiwi stage to perform at Soper Reserve this January

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

10 Jan

Supporting a talented and creatively diverse community with a unique social and environmental conscience.

More FM Sand Sculpture

More FM Sand Sculpture

10 Jan

Bring a spade, some creativity, and win prizes!

Mount Festival of Multisport

Mount Festival of Multisport

11 Jan

The Mount Festival of Multisport returns

Summer Raceday

Summer Raceday

17 Jan

Summer family fun at the Races.

One Love Festival

One Love Festival

25 Jan to 26 Jan

One Love 2020 lifts the lid on its most exciting line-up yet!

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!

Mauao Super Slam

Mauao Super Slam

07 Feb to 09 Feb

Fifth stop on the New Zealand Beach Volleyball Tour.

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.

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.

Holi Colour Splash

Holi Colour Splash

29 Feb

Vibrant colours, music and delicious food will fill Jordan Park this February! Immerse yourself in a unique Holi experience and join this joyous free-entry community event for the whole family!

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.

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.

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!

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 to 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!

Soweta Gospel Choir

Soweta 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.

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.

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.

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!

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”.

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.

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.

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