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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.

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.

Acoustic Hour

Acoustic Hour

07 May to 28 May

NZ Music Month: Come along to an acoustic performance by local musicians!

Papamoa Hills Night Walk

Papamoa Hills Night Walk

29 May

Back from the COVID brink (we had to cancel last year)- An amazing night walk through the Papamoa Hills to Summerhill Farm to enjoy coffee and cake.

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.

Lisa Chandler: The Dividing Line exhibition

Lisa Chandler: The Dividing Line exhibition

13 Mar to 06 Jun

Lisa Chandler’s tactile paintings reference both street art and protest paraphernalia gleaned from various protests and rallies.

Christina Pataialii: Proximity and Distance

Christina Pataialii: Proximity and Distance

13 Mar to 06 Jun

Pataialii’s signature embrace of both ‘fine art’ materials and those related to the trades is evident through the presence of house paint applied directly to the walls of the atrium and large-scale drop cloths which will be suspended within the room.

Laurie Steer: The Abundance of Water

Laurie Steer: The Abundance of Water

13 Mar to 18 Jul

Displaying over 100 newly fired ceramic objects, Steer’s installation uses the concept of the dinner setting as a springboard to explore ideas of consumption, value and excess.

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.

Knit & Knatter - Greerton

Knit & Knatter - Greerton

20 Apr to 29 Jun

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

Knit & Knatter - Papamoa

Knit & Knatter - Papamoa

21 Apr to 30 Jun

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

Knit & Knatter - Mount

Knit & Knatter - Mount

21 Apr to 30 Jun

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

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.

Splice Construction Magic - Netball

Splice Construction Magic - Netball

02 May to 24 May

Our girls are back in Tauranga for 3 games of the ANZ Premiership.

Tunes at Noon

Tunes at Noon

07 May to 28 May

Enjoy your lunch with a side of tunes every Friday in May to celebrate NZ Music Month

Acoustic Hour

Acoustic Hour

07 May to 28 May

NZ Music Month: Come along to an acoustic performance by local musicians!

Kids 8 week Pottery Class

Kids 8 week Pottery Class

10 May to 05 Jul

Kids Make a bird feeder and a quirky mini planter pot

Smokefreerockquest Bay of Plenty Heats

Smokefreerockquest Bay of Plenty Heats

16 May

Smokefreerockquest aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support original New Zealand music.

Sunday Village Market

Sunday Village Market

16 May

Make your Sunday special

Ben Elton - Live

Ben Elton - Live

17 May to 18 May

Comedy legend Ben Elton will tour New Zealand with a brand-new stand-up show, Ben Elton Live in May 2021. He last performed stand-up in New Zealand in 2006 but has now returned to the stage, having recently completed a sell-out 75-date UK tour.

Greerton Draw Squad

Greerton Draw Squad

20 May

Drawing fun for kids who love art and drawing for ages 9-13.

Pub Quiz: Music Masterminds

Pub Quiz: Music Masterminds

20 May

Join us for a fun evening at the pub and test your NZ music knowledge during NZ Music Month!

Finding your creative flow

Finding your creative flow

23 May

Emma will demonstrate ways of “Finding the creative flow” and help you put these into practice and discuss materials and ideas to continue your creative explorations at home.

School of Rock

School of Rock

25 May to 29 May

Failed wannabe rock star Dewey Finn decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a mind-blowing rock band while also learning what it means to "rock".

Fundamentals of Painting

Fundamentals of Painting

25 May to 22 Jun

This is an inspiring and productive course for all levels of experience.

Mauao Draw Squad

Mauao Draw Squad

27 May

Drawing fun for kids who love art and drawing for ages 9-13.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

27 May

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

BWN Speaker Series

BWN Speaker Series

27 May

A two-day Speaker Series designed to inspire, engage and connect business women in the Bay of Plenty.

Kids Pottery Classes

Kids Pottery Classes

29 May

Are the kids wanting to play with mud? Enroll them and let them be creative and make a jug/pitcher

Papamoa Hills Night Walk

Papamoa Hills Night Walk

29 May

Back from the COVID brink (we had to cancel last year)- An amazing night walk through the Papamoa Hills to Summerhill Farm to enjoy coffee and cake.

NZ Chamber Soloists

NZ Chamber Soloists

30 May

The NZ Chamber Soloists are firm favourites of TM concert-goers having played for the society many times previously. The programme will include pieces by Brahms, Jenny McLeod and Rebecca Clarke.

The Bay of Plenty Wedding Show 2021

The Bay of Plenty Wedding Show 2021

30 May

Come along to The Bay of Plenty Wedding Show and get inspired.

The Pink Floyd Experience - Animals & The Wall

The Pink Floyd Experience - Animals & The Wall

03 Jun to 04 Jun

In 2021, the Pink Floyd Experience returns to Baycourt with a show dedicated to playing albums 'Animals' & 'The Wall' in their entirety. Two legendary albums performed by a group of ten amazing musicians.

Greerton Draw Squad

Greerton Draw Squad

03 Jun

Drawing fun for kids who love art and drawing for ages 9-13.

Taekwon-Do National Champs

Taekwon-Do National Champs

05 Jun to 06 Jun

A weekend of exciting ITF Taekwon-Do competition. Teams from our regions battle it out in sparring, patterns, high kicks and power breaking. Free for spectators. All welcome.

Project 2021

Project 2021

05 Jun to 06 Jun

PROJECT is a Hip Hop Crew Dance Competition for youth who have a passion for Hip Hop Dance.

Mount Runners and Walkers Half Marathon

Mount Runners and Walkers Half Marathon

06 Jun

35th Annual Mt Runners & Walkers Half Marathon, 10km, 5km and KidsK.

Monthly Musings: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana

Monthly Musings: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana

06 Jun

181 years ago, on 10 April 1840, one of the signings of the Treaty of Waitangi took place in Tauranga Moana. The story of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Tauranga is a fascinating one...

Genealogy Support Group - drop-in help sessions

Genealogy Support Group - drop-in help sessions

08 Jun

Fancy having a chat about your family tree? Want to learn to use the library's genealogy databases or perhaps you need some assistance with your research?

Showquest

Showquest

09 Jun

Showquest is a performing arts platform for schools produced by Rockquest Promotions

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

10 Jun

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

Shrek the Musical Jr.

Shrek the Musical Jr.

10 Jun

ACG Tauranga presents Shrek the Musical JR, based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film and outrageous Broadway musical. Join Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and all your favourite characters for adventure, romance and hilarity.

Ultimate Athlete

Ultimate Athlete

11 Jun to 12 Jun

Postponed from April to June - Be apart of New Zealand's very first Ultimate Athlete obstacle course race and compete for the first-ever NZ Ultimate Athlete title!

Tauranga Armageddon Expo 2021

Tauranga Armageddon Expo 2021

12 Jun to 13 Jun

The Tauranga Armageddon Expo is back with two days of gaming, cosplay, anime, collectables, comics, amusements, celebrity guests, movies, television, music and more!

Armageddon 2021

Armageddon 2021

12 Jun to 13 Jun

Armageddon Expo is New Zealand’s ultimate entertainment event, featuring gaming, fantasy and multimedia events.

Bethlehem Pottery Club Kids Classes

Bethlehem Pottery Club Kids Classes

12 Jun

Are the kids wanting to play with mud? Enroll them and let them be creative and make a piggy(animal)bank or a Cute/Quirky Planter

The Sweet Caroline Tour: A Tribute To Neil Diamond

The Sweet Caroline Tour: A Tribute To Neil Diamond

14 Jun

The Sweet Caroline Tour: A Tribute to Neil Diamond, putting all those well-loved classics back on stage and in the spotlight, showcased by a world-class international band and produced especially for the theatre.

Fresh Moves 2021

Fresh Moves 2021

15 Jun to 16 Jun

BOP Dance presents “Fresh Take” the 2021 Fresh Moves Festival which celebrates original contemporary dance created by students in Bay of Plenty primary and intermediate schools.

Greerton Draw Squad

Greerton Draw Squad

17 Jun

Drawing fun for kids who love art and drawing for ages 9-13.

Devilskin & Kora

Devilskin & Kora

18 Jun to 18 Jun

NZ musical legends DEVILSKIN and KORA band together to Co-Headline a nine-date winter tour across the country, kicking off in Palmerston North this June.

Beethoven & Brass

Beethoven & Brass

19 Jun

An heroic (Eroica) Symphony, a folklore overture (Melusina) & a trombone concerto

Heath Franklin's Chopper - The Silencer (NEW DATE)

Heath Franklin

24 Jun

NEW DATE! 'The Silencer' will not be silenced! And we're picking up where we left off. Covid Safe and harder than ever, Chopper brings his hit show to Tauranga in June 2021

Mauao Draw Squad

Mauao Draw Squad

24 Jun

Drawing fun for kids who love art and drawing for ages 9-13.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

24 Jun

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

Godessa

Godessa

26 Jun

Ballet.Culture explores the power and courage that lies within, through the Magic of Mythology. 

The Seriously Good Food Show 2021

The Seriously Good Food Show 2021

26 Jun to 27 Jun

Sweet or savoury, devour the Seriously Good Food Show at Trustpower Arena Baypark on the 26th and 27th June 2021.

Greerton Draw Squad

Greerton Draw Squad

01 Jul

Drawing fun for kids who love art and drawing for ages 9-13.

Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

02 Jul to 04 Jul

Take a wild ride to paradise with Indian Ink’s powerful new play about impermanence - of life, love…. and ice cream! Infused with serious laughter, exquisite puppetry and inspired sound design this show will blow your mind and melt your heart.

Monthly Musings: New Zealand Museums

Monthly Musings: New Zealand Museums

04 Jul

Museums Consultant John Coster will give an illustrated introduction to some of the 400 small museums in Aotearoa, from Kaitaia in the North to Oban in the south.

Mauao Draw Squad

Mauao Draw Squad

08 Jul

Drawing fun for kids who love art and drawing for ages 9-13.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

08 Jul

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

BWN Speaker Series

BWN Speaker Series

08 Jul

A two-day Speaker Series designed to inspire, engage and connect business women in the Bay of Plenty.

Genealogy Support Group - drop-in help sessions

Genealogy Support Group - drop-in help sessions

13 Jul

Fancy having a chat about your family tree? Want to learn to use the library's genealogy databases or perhaps you need some assistance with your research?

The Tauranga Gala Dinner 2021

The Tauranga Gala Dinner 2021

16 Jul

Howzat! International cricket icon, Brendon McCullum, is gearing up for a smashing night out at the ninth annual Tauranga Gala Dinner this July!

Mauao Draw Squad

Mauao Draw Squad

22 Jul

Drawing fun for kids who love art and drawing for ages 9-13.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

22 Jul

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

Harmonic Resonators

Harmonic Resonators

24 Jul

To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, the Tauranga Acoustic Music Club presents the Harmonic Resonators in concert. With support from Kaimai Express.

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.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

12 Aug

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

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

26 Aug

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

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.

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

23 Sep

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

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

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.

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.

Tu Meke Tūī! Live on Stage

Tu Meke Tūī! Live on Stage

11 Oct to 12 Oct

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, Tu Meke Tui! Live on Stage has been postponed until 2021. New dates will be advertised soon. If you cannot attend the new dates please contact Ticketek: 0800 842 538 | online@ticketek.co.nz

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

14 Oct

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

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

28 Oct

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

World of Musicals

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 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!

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

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