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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.

Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

15 Jun

So you’re tough, but are you tough enough to take on the 1-day Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge?

Matariki Cultural Connections

Matariki Cultural Connections

08 Jul to 09 Jul

Cultural Connections is a council staff training package delivered by the Takawaenga Māori Unit. Join us over two days to learn about our city and our region's history, local iwi and hapu and cultural richness of the land.

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.

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.

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

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!

Fundamentals of Painting

Fundamentals of Painting

25 May to 22 Jun

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

Matariki Kohi Kāri

Matariki Kohi  Kāri

10 Jun to 09 Jul

Visit your local library and collect a set of Kohi Kāri. Search Tauranga Moana for the items on your cards and discover their stories. With a different set of cards at each library, can you collect them all?

Moemoeā - An exhibition from a collective of artists from Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust

Moemoeā - An exhibition from a collective of artists from Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust

11 Jun to 04 Jul

Moemoeā - An exhibition from a collective of artists from Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust featuring Julie Paama-Pengelly, Linda Munn, Chontelle Hohaia, Areena Smith, Israel Randell, Jera Mae and Arpége Taratoa.

He Atua – Contemporary Māori. Graphic Art Worksho

He Atua – Contemporary Māori. Graphic Art  Worksho

11 Jun to 04 Jul

Atua Māori. Māori gods are vital in the story of creation known to us as the separation of Rangi and Papa. An exhibition by Louis Mikaere

Ngā Whetū o Matariki by Nixon Mohi

Ngā Whetū o Matariki by Nixon Mohi

11 Jun to 04 Jul

Whakaniko - Enhancing life through my art work an exhibition by Nixon Mohi.

Te iwa o Matariki - Michelle Estall

Te iwa o Matariki - Michelle Estall

11 Jun to 04 Jul

Te iwa o Matariki/The nine of Matariki is an exhibition by Michelle Estall.

Matariki – Ngā Whetū Katoa by Michelle Arnold

Matariki – Ngā Whetū Katoa by Michelle Arnold

11 Jun to 04 Jul

Michelle Arnold is a self-taught mosaic artist from Te Puke.

Brad Burch Collection-photography display

Brad Burch Collection-photography display

11 Jun to 09 Jul

He kitenga kanohi he hokinga mahara

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.

Iti Pounamu with Aroha

Iti Pounamu with Aroha

15 Jun to 01 Jul

Join us as we celebrate Matariki with a series of Iti Pounamu sessions with special guest Aroha.

Brush Lettering Whakataukī Workshop

Brush Lettering Whakataukī  Workshop

15 Jun

Bring a whakataukī with you. You will learn the basics of calligraphy to write your whakataukī .

Kōrero Mai – Mātauranga Matariki

Kōrero Mai – Mātauranga Matariki

15 Jun

Come along and hear the stories, learn the history, and speak the names of ngā whetā o Matariki, the stars of Matariki, through our Mātauranga Matariki Te Reo Māori introductory pronunciation.

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.

Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

15 Jun

So you’re tough, but are you tough enough to take on the 1-day Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge?

Tū Taua Tauranga Moana

Tū Taua Tauranga Moana

17 Jun to 08 Jul

Have you ever thought about learning the skills of how to use traditional Māori weapons? Come, learn, and experience a unique form of martial art indigenous to Aotearoa.

Matariki Cinematic Showcase

Matariki Cinematic Showcase

17 Jun to 08 Jul

Celebrating our local Māori film makers by showcasing their films.

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.

Muka Pito Ties Workshop

Muka Pito Ties Workshop

19 Jun

Learn how to harvest flax correctly , extract muka and take home their pito ties.

Raw Form Hip Hop Workshops

Raw Form Hip Hop Workshops

19 Jun to 20 Jun

Youth 10-24 looking to engage in a creative outlet/form of personal expression through Hip Hop culture.

Puppets with Pani

Puppets with Pani

19 Jun

Come along and make your own puppets to create your own stories, or recreate a treasured Māori story.

Beethoven & Brass

Beethoven & Brass

19 Jun

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

Emerging Opera Stars

Emerging Opera Stars

20 Jun

Emerging New Zealand Stars of the Opera present an exciting programme of popular opera and show songs. Be wowed singers Felicity Tomkins; Katie Trigg; Emmanuel Fuimoana and Alfred Fuimoana. Accompanied by pianist Francis Cowan.

Sunday Village Market

Sunday Village Market

20 Jun

Arts Crafts and More

Matariki, Mātauranga Māori and Modern Science with special guest presenter

Matariki, Mātauranga Māori and Modern Science with special guest presenter

21 Jun

Matariki, Mātauranga Māori and Modern Science, Thomas (Tame) Malcom – this award winning environmental scientist combines indigenous practices and western science for the protection of native species and bush.

Ngā Whetū o Matariki – Digital Canvas

Ngā Whetū o Matariki – Digital Canvas

23 Jun to 24 Jun

Come and hear the story of the stars of Matariki, learn how to find them in the night sky and create a piece of techie art to take home.

It’s About Time

It’s About Time

23 Jun

Te Puna School presents their whole school production of It’s About Time. A night of fun and entertainment in connection to their 125th birthday celebrations.

Mauao Draw Squad

Mauao Draw Squad

24 Jun

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

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

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

24 Jun

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

TBC/TGC Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

TBC/TGC Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

24 Jun to 03 Jul

Once again Tauranga Boys' and Girls' College bring to you a high quality and fabulous production: Jesus Christ Superstar

Dinner á la Art

Dinner á la Art

25 Jun

An exclusive evening of conversation, food & wine in support of the Tauranga Art Gallery.

Kōauau Workshops

Kōauau Workshops

26 Jun

Learn how to make koauau from bamboo.

Matariki Family Fun Day at Tauranga Art Gallery

Matariki Family Fun Day at Tauranga Art Gallery

26 Jun

Bring the whanau to enjoy creation stations, story telling and an art hunt. Inspired by Matariki: Te Tau Hou Māori - the beginning of the Māori new year.

Godessa

Godessa

26 Jun

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

Seriously Good Food Show

Seriously Good Food Show

26 Jun to 27 Jun

The tastiest weekend in the Bay of Plenty!

The Hearty BOOST

The Hearty BOOST

26 Jun

The hearty boost is a perfect mixture of technical guitar and punk rock.... And better yet, It's FREE!!!!

Matariki Village Market

Matariki Village Market

27 Jun

Join us on the 27th June for our inaugural Matariki Village Market. 10am-2pm

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.

Balms with Aotearoa Rongoā Workshop

Balms with Aotearoa Rongoā Workshop

03 Jul

Introduction into making your own balms.

Jazz ‘n Blues meet the Beatles

Jazz ‘n Blues meet the Beatles

03 Jul

Hear the classic sounds of the Beatles with a twist of jazz and blues. Jazz Legend, Rodger Fox, blends funk, Latin, jazz and blues in this special concert featuring the stella jazz-blues vocalist Erna Ferry.

TEDxTauranga 2021

TEDxTauranga 2021

03 Jul

RE:IMAGINE - How do you reimagine our world when you hear, see, or think of an idea worth spreading? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxTauranga is a local, self-organized event that brings people together to share a TED-like experience.

Chris Greenslade - Solo Piano

Chris Greenslade - Solo Piano

04 Jul

Tauranga Musica presents acclaimed pianist Chris Greenslade.

Matariki Kite Day

Matariki Kite Day

04 Jul

Come with your whanau and friends to enjoy a great afternoon of kite flying along with live kite performances, food stalls and more.

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.

Depicting Decolonisation in Creative Spaces

Depicting Decolonisation in Creative Spaces

05 Jul

A kōrero about can we decolonise an art institution and extend that to other creative spaces.

Matariki Cultural Connections

Matariki Cultural Connections

08 Jul to 09 Jul

Cultural Connections is a council staff training package delivered by the Takawaenga Māori Unit. Join us over two days to learn about our city and our region's history, local iwi and hapu and cultural richness of the land.

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.

Matariki Cultural Connections

Matariki Cultural Connections

08 Jul to 09 Jul

Cultural Connections is a council staff training package delivered by the Takawaenga Māori Unit. Join us over two days to learn about our city and our region's history, local iwi and hapu and cultural richness of the land.

Te Iwa o Matariki – A panel discussion chaired by Arpége Taratoa

Te Iwa o Matariki – A panel discussion chaired by  Arpége Taratoa

10 Jul

Organised by Arpége Taratoa, each participant will reflect on Te Iwa o Matariki (the nine stars of Matariki), and discuss personal connections with the constellation and its impact on their thinking.

Powhiri for Migrants to Bay of Plenty

 Powhiri for Migrants to Bay of Plenty

10 Jul

A formal Maori welcoming ceremony by Ngai Te Rangi to migrants who have chosen the Bay of Plenty as their home.

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.

School Holiday Kids Pottery Classes

School Holiday Kids Pottery Classes

12 Jul

Are the kids wanting to play with mud? Enroll them and let them be creative and make 'Cat in the Hat'

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?

Fundamentals of Painting

Fundamentals of Painting

13 Jul to 10 Aug

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

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

School Holiday Kids Pottery Classes

School Holiday Kids Pottery Classes

16 Jul

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

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!

School Holiday Kids Pottery Classes

School Holiday Kids Pottery Classes

19 Jul to 23 Jul

When it's okay for kids to play in mud! Fun Kids pottery class

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

22 Jul

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

Mauao Draw Squad

Mauao Draw Squad

22 Jul

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

BayActive Corporate Games

BayActive Corporate Games

22 Jul to 16 Sep

Boost Team Morale with BayActive Corporate Games

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.

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?

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.

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.

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 Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

12 Aug

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

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

Tauranga Book Squad

Tauranga Book Squad

26 Aug

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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

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 SURFBREAKER 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.

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

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