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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.

Matariki Star Hunt at Tauranga Art Gallery

Matariki Star Hunt at Tauranga Art Gallery

01 Jun to 03 Jul

Join the hunt for heavenly treasures with Tauranga Art Gallery's Matariki Star Hunt!

Foodee Street Food Events - Tauranga Primary School

Foodee Street Food Events - Tauranga Primary School

02 Jun to 25 Aug

Grab your blankets and head down for amazing food, great company and relaxing atmosphere

The Little Big Markets

The Little Big Markets

04 Jun to 17 Sep

Shop from local artisan stallholders, enjoy live music treat yourself to delicious gourmet street food.

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.

Cinemate Film Club

Cinemate Film Club

01 Mar to 20 Dec

Come along every Tuesday to a free movie screening of award winners or classics at Greerton Library.

Goodbye Bay of Plenty: Robin White Prints From The Tauranga Art Gallery Collection

Goodbye Bay of Plenty: Robin White Prints From The Tauranga Art Gallery Collection

11 Apr to 14 Aug

This collection-focused exhibition provides an overview of our holdings of Robin White’s work, from her early regionalist style screenprints to works influenced by Robin Whites Pacific travels.

Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

19 May to 18 Aug

This class is geared up to get you bookbinding in no time. Everything is provided for you in a handy kit, so all you need to do is turn up to get making!

Matariki Star Hunt at Tauranga Art Gallery

Matariki Star Hunt at Tauranga Art Gallery

01 Jun to 03 Jul

Join the hunt for heavenly treasures with Tauranga Art Gallery's Matariki Star Hunt!

Foodee Street Food Events - Tauranga Primary School

Foodee Street Food Events - Tauranga Primary School

02 Jun to 25 Aug

Grab your blankets and head down for amazing food, great company and relaxing atmosphere

'Ngā Mata o Te Ariki' Matariki exhibition with Hayley Smith

03 Jun to 09 Jul

View the stunning landscape portraits and mahi toi of Tauranga Moana artist Hayley Smith.

Tipene Fitzell - Matariki Exhibition

Tipene Fitzell - Matariki Exhibition

03 Jun to 09 Jul

An inspiring exhibition of creative works by Tipene Fitzell - a 15-year-old Takiwatanga artist from Ngati Uenukuko~pako /Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Ngararanui.

Meadow Maharey - Matariki Exhibition

Meadow Maharey - Matariki Exhibition

03 Jun to 09 Jul

An exhibition of incredible new works by emerging toi Maori artist, Meadow Maharey

Manākitanga - Whakairo Exhibition

Manākitanga - Whakairo Exhibition

03 Jun to 09 Jul

Manākitanga is an exhibition which brings together renowned traditional and contemporary Māori carvers who live in Tauranga Moana.

He Uku Maioro - Que Bidois

He Uku Maioro - Que Bidois

03 Jun to 09 Jul

He Uku Maioro is an exhibition of uku (clay) works by Tauranga Moana artist Que Bidois.

Te Pou Arataki Exhibition - Tame Iti (Ngai Tuhoe) and Joanne Black (Ngati Kahungunu)

Te Pou Arataki Exhibition - Tame Iti (Ngai Tuhoe) and Joanne Black (Ngati Kahungunu)

03 Jun to 10 Jul

We are very excited to present an exhibition celebrating the work of Whakatane artists Tame Iti (Ngai Tuhoe) and Joanne Black (Ngati Kahungunu).

‘E kore te patiki e hoki ki tona puehu’ Exhibition - Justine Munn (Ngati Pukenga, Te Atiawa, Nga Pot

‘E kore te patiki e hoki ki tona puehu’ Exhibition - Justine Munn (Ngati Pukenga, Te Atiawa, Nga Pot

03 Jun to 10 Jul

‘E kore te patiki e hoki ki tona puehu’ - The flounder does not return to the dust.

The Little Big Markets

The Little Big Markets

04 Jun to 17 Sep

Shop from local artisan stallholders, enjoy live music treat yourself to delicious gourmet street food.

Mount Mainstreet Urban Market

Mount Mainstreet Urban Market

05 Jun to 28 Aug

Enjoy fresh produce and hand made products at our market every Sunday, right in the heart of the Mount Mainstreet.

Learn to Sew Workshop

Learn to Sew Workshop

08 Jun to 13 Jul

Learn to use a sewing machine and gain foundational skills. No experience necessary!

Matariki Dish Challenge

Matariki Dish Challenge

13 Jun to 17 Jul

Taste your way around the Bay with our Matariki Dish Challenge entries

Matariki Cinematic Showcase

Matariki Cinematic Showcase

16 Jun to 07 Jul

Join us at the Village Cinema - Community Picture Theatre to celebrate our local Kaupapa Maori film makers. Every Thursday evening during Matariki.

The Old People Are Revolting

The Old People Are Revolting

16 Jun to 01 Jul

The hilarious comedy play about seniors seeking revenge on the system.

Port of Tauranga 59th National Jazz Festival Tauranga

Port of Tauranga 59th National Jazz Festival Tauranga

19 Jun to 26 Jun

The Port of Tauranga 59th National Jazz Festival Tauranga presents a fantastic programme of events, showcasing performances from some of the best jazz musicians in Aotearoa. Think Jazz. Think Tauranga.

Midnight Sun, 2022

Midnight Sun, 2022

22 Jun to 31 Jul

'Midnight Sun, 2022' is a spectacular, immersive artwork by New Zealand artist Sara Hughes which will bring new life to Tauranga’s Willow Street bus shelter from June 2022.

Intro to Planting by the Maramataka

Intro to Planting by the Maramataka

25 Jun

This workshop is an introduction to the Maramataka / Māori Calendar and planting by its moon phases.

Kōkōwai / Painting with Whenua

Kōkōwai / Painting with Whenua

25 Jun

Guided by Rhian Smith, in this workshop you will have the opportunity to prepare your own pigments and paint your own masterpiece while discussing how to respectfully harvest whenua without leaving a trace.

The Look of Love: Ali Harper

The Look of Love: Ali Harper

25 Jun

Spend an evening with award-winning Ali Harper as she showcases Burt Bacharach’s hit songs – Close To You, Alfie, That’s What Friends Are For, Walk On By, Anyone Who Had A Heart and reminds us What The World Needs Now in The Look Of Love.

The Joe Kaptein Quartet

The Joe Kaptein Quartet

25 Jun

Cosmic mid-70s jazz, pop and funk, krautrock, and Keith Jarrett are among the inspirations for pianist / keyboardist and composer Joe Kaptein’s current musical project. Starring Joe Kaptein, Andrew Isdale, David Harris , and Wil Goodinson.

Timeless Portraits / Maumaharatanga

Timeless Portraits / Maumaharatanga

26 Jun to 03 Jul

This year during our Matariki celebration we have an opportunity for whānau that will awaken the nostalgia of your whakapapa.

Konae Kete / Raranga Workshop

Konae Kete / Raranga Workshop

26 Jun

Create a small over-the-shoulder, two corner kete to hold your keys, phone and/or wallet.

Ol’ King Cole

Ol’ King Cole

26 Jun

Ol’ King Cole brings you the hits of the great Nat ‘King’ Cole & performs the sounds of many other great tunes & artists of his era & more along the way.

Foodlovers Masterclass

Foodlovers Masterclass

28 Jun

Come along and learn about why we waste food and how to stop it. There will be a few face-palm moments and lots of laughs as Kate takes you through the reasons we waste food and what we can do about it.

Smokefreerockquest - Bay of Plenty Heats

Smokefreerockquest - Bay of Plenty Heats

01 Jul

Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Now in its 33rd year, the series of over 40 events reaches audience numbers in excess of 10,000 every year.

Pride in the Library- A Rainbow teen Hangout

Pride in the Library- A Rainbow teen Hangout

01 Jul

Hang, chill, do some crafts, watch a movie, totally free! Did we mention there will also be free snacks?

Maramataka / Moon Phases Dial and Planting Calendar

Maramataka / Moon Phases Dial and Planting Calendar

02 Jul

An introduction to the Maramataka that relates to our planting seasons here in Tauranga Moana. You will be able to make your own Maramataka dial to visualize the Maori moon phases for planting and learn how to use it.

Storytelling Through Tukutuku

Storytelling Through Tukutuku

02 Jul

This is a contemporary take and introduction on the traditional Maori art form of tukutuku. We hope to inspire you to come along and weave and tell your story through tukutuku.

Ōtūmoetai Pa Historic Bike Tour

Ōtūmoetai Pa Historic Bike Tour

02 Jul

Join this guided, two-hour Historic Bike Tour, starting at the Waka on the Strand and finishing at Ōtūmoetai Pa.

Learn Embroidery Stitching

Learn Embroidery Stitching

02 Jul to 23 Jul

Learn embroidery stitches to mend or revamp your clothes. Taught by internationally exhibited artist Jo Dixey

Rōreka Workshop / Taonga Pūoro

Rōreka Workshop / Taonga Pūoro

03 Jul

This 4.5-hour workshop will introduce you to the different families of traditional Maori musical instruments with a discussion about each.

UBUNTU

UBUNTU

03 Jul

UBUNTU: I am, Because we are. Join Ballet.Culture as we celebrate human kindness and unity. Through the support from others, we can take pride in our own existence.

Researching Mary Sutherland

Researching Mary Sutherland

03 Jul

Join us on Sunday 3rd July at 2pm at the hall behind Brain Watkins house to hear Vivian Edwards.

New Zealand String Quartet - First Light

New Zealand String Quartet - First Light

07 Jul

The New Zealand String Quartet at First Life, a thoughtfully curated concert meditating on life, loss and rebirth as Aotearoa marks the first-ever official public holiday dedicated to Matariki, Māori new year.

Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

08 Jul to 23 Jul

A boy finds out he is a wizard and is sent off to a school of magic? This is not the story you think it is...

Zespri Annual Rugby Charity Auction

Zespri Annual Rugby Charity Auction

08 Jul

On Friday 8 July, Zespri and the kiwifruit industry will stage an afternoon of rugby, netball and host a charity auction at Te Puke’s Murray Salt Stadium to raise money for our Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE) workers and their communities.

Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows

10 Jul

After a challenging and musically restricted few years, BOP Symphonia is delighted to be able to perform again to a capacity audience

Ōtanewainuku Kiwi Trust Annual Public Meeting with Jim Lynch

Ōtanewainuku Kiwi Trust Annual Public Meeting with Jim Lynch

11 Jul

This is an important opportunity to thank our volunteers, supporters and partner organisations for their support to advance our vision to protect and restore the indigenous ecosystem and biodiversity of Ōtanewainuku.

Stitch-a-Plenty

Stitch-a-Plenty

16 Jul to 14 Aug

National Embroidery Conference including several exhibitions, shopping at merchants' stalls, raffles and sales tables.

The Biggest Little Circus

The Biggest Little Circus

19 Jul

This 45-minute family friendly show, perfect for school holiday entertainment will blow your socks off.

Matariki Glow Show 2022

Matariki Glow Show 2022

19 Jul

The MATARIKI GLOW SHOW is back with an all-new, giant-scale, glow-in-the-dark puppet show for tamariki, educators and whānau. Get ready to celebrate the first-ever nationwide Matariki holiday!

Divas & Diamonds

Divas & Diamonds

24 Jul

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.

Stars Aligned

Stars Aligned

30 Jul

An evening with stars celebrating stars – beautiful orchestral music performed by inspiring, brilliant musicians. Come and be uplifted and inspired.

Piaf: The Legend

Piaf: The Legend

06 Aug

International singer Mandy Meadows presents Piaf: The Legend, a celebration and reflection of Edith Piaf’s extraordinary view on love and tragedy.

Gentle Man - The Best of Chris Parker

Gentle Man - The Best of Chris Parker

07 Aug

Join award winning comedian Chris Parker for a night of his greatest hits, right here in Tauranga. Featuring his best material from over the years, as well as something new, it's basically Now That’s What I Call Chris Parker, Vol.1.

ERA 'Jukebox of Time'

ERA

12 Aug

The Royal Family Dance Crew presents ERA ‘Jukebox of Time’. An escape through time, pop culture, live music and dance exploring the world and art that inspired human life across the eras.

Tami Neilson - Kingmaker

Tami Neilson - Kingmaker

13 Aug

Premiering brand new songs written especially for New Zealand audiences, with stunning string arrangements by Victoria Kelly, Kingmaker is a high octane mix of Tami Neilson’s own original songs and tributes to iconic women in country music.

The Boss: Bruce Springsteen Tribute

The Boss: Bruce Springsteen Tribute

27 Aug

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.

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

27 Aug

Take in the best of Mount Maunganui with a weekend full of entertaining options and highlights of the region.

Tauranga Food Show

Tauranga Food Show

27 Aug to 28 Aug

Over 150 delicious exhibitors with everything from chocolate, cheese and chutney to tea, truffles and tabasco. Live Cooking Kitchen featuring demonstrations from Chefs around the Bay, and local gourmet street food flavours for lunch.

An Evening with the Harmonic Resonators

An Evening with the Harmonic Resonators

28 Aug

The Harmonic Resonators are joining with the Boobops, a dragon boating team of breast cancer survivors, to bring their unique mix of country, Waiata Māori, and party tunes to Baycourt Theatre.

Zespri AIMS Games

Zespri AIMS Games

03 Sep to 09 Sep

Zespri AIMS Games is back, 3 - 9 September 2022.

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You

16 Sep to 01 Oct

Tauranga Musical Theatre is proudly bringing the worldwide smash hit musical written by Queen and Ben Elton, We Will Rock You to Tauranga, in 2022!

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.

Cape To Cape 2022

Cape To Cape 2022

29 Sep to 02 Oct

Inaugural Cape to Cape 2022 Ceramic/Pottery Exhibition

New Zealand U15 & U19 National Badminton Championships

New Zealand U15 & U19 National Badminton Championships

02 Oct to 05 Oct

Witness the best young talent in New Zealand competing for national badminton titles across four days of exciting competition.

Kevin Bloody Wilson F.U.P.C. Tour

Kevin Bloody Wilson F.U.P.C. Tour

03 Oct

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.

Demi Lee Moore NZ Tour - Tauranga

Demi Lee Moore NZ Tour - Tauranga

07 Oct

Demi Lee Moore & Band Live in Aotearoa! Supported by Wildlanes

Postmodern Jukebox - The Grand Reopening

Postmodern Jukebox - The Grand Reopening

09 Oct to 10 Oct

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 October 2022.

Tauranga Diwali Festival

Tauranga Diwali Festival

15 Oct

Happy, prosperous Diwali! A fantastic event for the whole family!

Rockaria The ELO Experience

Rockaria The ELO Experience

16 Oct

ROCKARIA - The ELO EXPERIENCE is a show that delivers a captivating live concert recreating the unforgettable sound of Jeff Lynne’s The Electric Light Orchestra.

Tutus on Tour

Tutus on Tour

20 Oct to 21 Oct

A carefully curated programme of works, from beloved classical favourites to recent works that have claimed a rightful place on the international stage.

TINA Simply the Best

TINA Simply the Best

22 Oct

Get the electrifying Tina Turner experience with this full stage production brimming with hits from the 60s-90s. Featuring the powerful and thrilling Caroline Borole complete with band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers.

Urzila Carlson - It's Personal

Urzila Carlson - It

29 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.

Leaving Jackson

Leaving Jackson

08 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.

Dancing Queen: A Tribute to ABBA

Dancing Queen: A Tribute to ABBA

09 Nov

Dancing Queen: A Tribute To ABBA is a full-scale concert production featuring more than 2 hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects.

Daniel Champagne Live

Daniel Champagne Live

11 Nov

The young Australian virtuoso recently described as ‘the finest guitar player of this generation’ returns to New Zealand playing an intimate Tauranga show at The Baycourt X Space!

Drag Up Your Life

Drag Up Your Life

19 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 Go Green Expo 2022

Tauranga Go Green Expo 2022

19 Nov to 20 Nov

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

Tinman Triathlon

Tinman Triathlon

20 Nov

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

The World of Musicals

The World of Musicals

21 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.

Nitro Circus

Nitro Circus

25 Nov

Nitro Circus will return to Tauranga’s Trustpower Stadium Baypark for the first time in three years with an action-packed night on Friday 25 November, 2022

Oempa Festival

Oempa Festival

26 Nov

Oempa Festival 2022 is back and bigger then ever

A Celtic Christmas by A Taste of Ireland

A Celtic Christmas by A Taste of Ireland

16 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 38th year.

Marra Sprint Triathlon

Marra Sprint Triathlon

12 Mar

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Maunganui, the Marra Sprint Triathlon returns for the 36th year

Kiwi Moon

Kiwi Moon

21 Jun

Meet Little Kiwi, a tiny bird who will leave a huge impression. He is an unusual bright white kiwi, and he’s very round. What else is white, bright, and round?! Te Marama of course! And there she is in the sky, shining down through the trees.

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