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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 the Tauranga International Marathon and the Anchor AIMS Games, music and arts festivals like the Tauranga Arts Festival and the National Jazz Festival, concerts, cultural and community events and many more all year-round.


Top picks

Bay of Plenty Pet and Animal Expo 2019

Bay of Plenty Pet and Animal Expo 2019

22 Jun to 23 Jun

An exhibition of the best products, services and entertainment for all pet and animal lovers.

Seriously Good Food Show

Seriously Good Food Show

29 Jun to 30 Jun

Sick of the same old stuff from the supermarket? This is going to be the tastiest weekend in the Bay of Plenty!

Mrs Krishnan's Party

Mrs Krishnan

23 Aug to 25 Aug

Indian Ink Theatre Co bridges cultures and expands boundaries with this utterly disarming new comedy that seats the audience at the dining table and the kitchen bench in the back room of Krishnan’s Dairy.

Upcoming events

Oliver!

Oliver!

27 May to 29 Jun

Tauranga Boys' and Girls' Colleges present their combined musical, Oliver!

Exhibition: Matariki Hao Tāngata

Exhibition: Matariki Hao Tāngata

07 Jun to 05 Jul

Matariki Hao Tāngata – Matariki, a Remembrance. Māori portraits 1970s – 1990s. A retrospective of black and white photography from Kapua Joy Bennett (Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui).

Exhibition: Ruahine by Michelle Estall

Exhibition: Ruahine by Michelle Estall

07 Jun to 03 Jul

An exhibition of artwork based around contemporary Māori Ruahine, inspired by the writing of Te Iwa Makere Tamaki.

Exhibition: Mātātoa – Mumu Returns

Exhibition: Mātātoa – Mumu Returns

07 Jun to 03 Jul

An exhibition of Taonga Pūoro artist Mumu (Will Moore). Mātātoa, which means to live fearlessly, is the key to how Mumu lives his life, creating pieces of art that move from one state of being to another.

Te Whānau O Matariki - an Exhibition

Te Whānau O Matariki - an Exhibition

07 Jun to 02 Jul

"We are all stars wrapped in skin, the light that you have been searching for has always been within.” A collective exhibition in honour of Matariki.

Matariki e-Sewing Session

Matariki e-Sewing Session

15 Jun to 22 Jun

Spend time with our digital programmes kaiako (tutor) learning about electrical circuits. In this session, tamariki will decorate and sew their very own stuffed toy stars which light up when being squeezed.

Fresh Moves 2019 - Impact

Fresh Moves 2019 - Impact

18 Jun to 19 Jun

BOP Dance presents Impact the 2019 Fresh Moves Festival that celebrates original contemporary dance created by students in Bay of Plenty primary and intermediate schools.

Exhibition: Mataraunui Tohu o te Kura

Exhibition: Mataraunui Tohu o te Kura

18 Jun to 20 Jun

Te Mataraunui Exhibition is a three-day event open to all ages. Join informative workshops, lectures by keynote speakers and experts in repatriation and preservation of artefacts, whariki and tukutuku in marae, old photo portraits and more.

Whanake ake Matariki with Aroha ki Te Papa

Whanake ake Matariki with Aroha ki Te Papa

18 Jun

Twinkle Twinkle Matariki, a fun filled half-hour of Matariki-themed stories and waiata for preschool children.

Pō Pūrākau ki Te Papa

Pō Pūrākau ki Te Papa

18 Jun

Dress in your PJs and join us for a magical fun-filled whanau night of story-telling at Te Ao Marama ki Te Papa

Storytelling: Te Reo Wainene o Tua

Storytelling: Te Reo Wainene o Tua

19 Jun

Story time in Te Reo! A te Reo Māori storytelling kaupapa, revitilising pūrākau (ancient legends), reviving oral traditions, normalizing Te Reo.

Tauranga Society of Artists Art Expo/Trustpower Supreme Art Award

Tauranga Society of Artists Art Expo/Trustpower Supreme Art Award

19 Jun to 23 Jun

Tauranga Society of Artists are happy to again be presenting their annual exhibition, including the TrustPower Supreme Art Award.

Whanake ake Matariki with Aroha ki Tutarawānanga

Whanake ake Matariki with Aroha ki Tutarawānanga

19 Jun

Twinkle Twinkle Matariki, a fun filled half-hour of Matariki-themed stories and waiata for preschool children.

Paint and Wine Night - Piha Sunset - Paintvine

Paint and Wine Night - Piha Sunset - Paintvine

19 Jun

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

The Pink Floyd Experience

The Pink Floyd Experience

20 Jun to 21 Jun

After 2017’s hugely successful Animals tour, which featured three entire albums, The Pink Floyd Experience returns to New Zealand and Australia in 2019 with an exciting new show. Presented by: In The Flesh Productions

Whanake ake Matariki with Aroha ki Mauao

Whanake ake Matariki with Aroha ki Mauao

20 Jun

Twinkle Twinkle Matariki, a fun filled half-hour of Matariki-themed stories and waiata for preschool children.

Shorts 4 Hospice 2019

Shorts 4 Hospice 2019

21 Jun

The days are getting cooler, which means it’s nearly time to bare the legs in support of Waipuna Hospice!

Matariki Allstars 2019

Matariki Allstars 2019

21 Jun

With less than expected sales this year we've decided to cancel Matariki Allstars to focus on a bigger and better event in 2020. Our artists and team are gutted we couldn't hang with you guys this year.

Matariki Toi Rahoroi ki Tutarawananga

Matariki Toi Rahoroi ki Tutarawananga

22 Jun

Come along to the Saturday Matariki Craft Session at the Greerton Library

Ten

Ten

22 Jun

Join Inzpire Dance Co. as the company celebrates its 10th anniversary. Featuring dancers of all ages showcasing various styles, Ten promise to inspire and is sure to be to be entertaining, moving and thought provoking for all ages.

Workshop: Raranga (flax weaving)

Workshop: Raranga (flax weaving)

22 Jun

This is your chance to participate in a hands-on raranga workshop! Join Parewhati Taikato to learn the art of weaving and create a bracelet or basket out of harakeke (flax).

Workshop: Māori poi making

Workshop: Māori poi making

22 Jun

Learn to make the traditional poi with Zebulin Kapareira Mohi. Poi were used by early Māori as a way to keep their hands flexible, and as a training tool. Here’s your chance to make some yourself!

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Farmers Market

22 Jun

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

Hā: Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Hā: Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

22 Jun to 13 Oct

Leading pounamu artist, Lewis Tamihana Gardiner (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāi Tahu), will be exhibiting at Tauranga Art Gallery this winter.

'Blood Water Earth' by Louise Potiki Bryant and Santee Smith

22 Jun to 06 Oct

An immersive video installation and ceramic display arising out of an international indigenous collaboration between Kahnyen’kehàka artist Santee Smith and Ngai Tahu video/dance artist Louise Potiki Bryant.

Mātiro: A survey of photography by Kapua Joy Bennett

Mātiro: A survey of photography by Kapua Joy Bennett

22 Jun to 13 Oct

'Mātiro' is a retrospective of black and white photography from the 1970s -1980s by Kapua Joy Bennett (Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui).

TEDxTauranga

TEDxTauranga

22 Jun

Ever watched an amazing video from TED.com? Join us in person for Tauranga's own event TEDxTauranga.

Bay of Plenty Pet and Animal Expo 2019

Bay of Plenty Pet and Animal Expo 2019

22 Jun to 23 Jun

An exhibition of the best products, services and entertainment for all pet and animal lovers.

Workshop: Contemporary Māori art for children

Workshop: Contemporary Māori art for children

23 Jun

Fun contemporary Māori rock art with a twist for kids – doesn’t that sound like a great way to spend an hour and a half! Each child will design their own taonga with tutor Arohanoa Mathews, and then paint a tile to take home with them.

Toi Whakairo – The Art of Carving

Toi Whakairo – The Art of Carving

23 Jun

Learn about the cultural origins of whakairo (carving) and common bone carving designs. Carver Hei-Tuakiri (Gavin Smith) will take you through a demonstration of the art, and explain the technique and history of traditional bone carving.

Crop Swap

Crop Swap

23 Jun

Our Crop Swap happens on the fourth Sunday of each month from 9 - 10am. Feel free to bring a little of what you might have in your garden to share.

Mount Farmers Market

Mount Farmers Market

23 Jun

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

Sulphur Point Showdown

Sulphur Point Showdown

23 Jun

Play Disc Golf at Sulphur Point! Win Prizes!

Matariki Kite Day 2019

Matariki Kite Day 2019

23 Jun

A traditional way to celebrate Matariki is through the flying of kites – manu tukutuku. Join us for this popular annual event at Fergusson Park. Bring along your whānau, friends and kites from all cultures, and join in the excitement!

Matariki Glow Show

Matariki Glow Show

24 Jun to 25 Jun

The Matariki Glow Show is a large-scale puppet show perfect for tamariki aged 3-10! The Matariki stars are preparing for the Maori New Year, but there’s a problem in the night sky! Buzzing with great music and fun characters, it’s a show not to be missed.

Te Papa: Naboth's Vineyard? Towards Reconciliation in Tauranga Moana

Te Papa: Naboth

26 Jun

Historian Dr Alistair Reese presents a summary of his report, “Te Papa: Naboth's Vineyard? Towards Reconciliation in Tauranga Moana”.

Paint and Wine Night - The Wharf - Paintvine

Paint and Wine Night - The Wharf - Paintvine

26 Jun

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

Showquest

Showquest

27 Jun

Showquest is a new, nationwide performing arts platform for schools produced by Rockquest Promotions Ltd, with support from the Ministry of Education. Showquest enables schools and students from year 1 – 13 to showcase music, drama and dance.

OP's Garden

OP

28 Jun

OP’s Garden is a tale of how our children’s future should be. Will Tane Mahuta be happy with plans for the future of Omokoroa or will our creatures disappear to somewhere safer with Taniwha Te Pura of the Wairoa River? Come and find out!

Celebrate Yarn Bombing in Greerton Village

Celebrate Yarn Bombing in Greerton Village

29 Jun

This years theme for our trees is Children’s Books so come along for a morning of story telling and fun.

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Farmers Market

29 Jun

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

Natural treasure children’s workshop

Natural treasure children’s workshop

29 Jun

Open your children’s minds to the wonders of nature! Join this Matariki-inspired creative activity using natural resources collected locally, led by inspired florist Kalena Egan from Putiputi Recycled. Children will create something special to take home.

Seriously Good Food Show

Seriously Good Food Show

29 Jun to 30 Jun

Sick of the same old stuff from the supermarket? This is going to be the tastiest weekend in the Bay of Plenty!

Workshop: a Muka Experience (flax fibres)

Workshop: a Muka Experience (flax fibres)

30 Jun

Book yourself right now into this workshop to learn a non-traditional method of extracting muka (flax fibres). This 3.5 hour workshop is for adults – don’t miss it!

Rising Stars 2019

Rising Stars 2019

30 Jun

BOP Symphonia presents the finals of the Rising Stars Concerto Competition 2019. Six young musicians perform a movement from their chosen concerto, accompanied by the orchestra. Winner selected by panel of judges; Tauranga City Mayor to present prizes.

Workshop: Ngā Mahi Tākaro (toy making)

Workshop: Ngā Mahi Tākaro (toy making)

30 Jun to 30 Jun

Come take a free workshop for adults in contemporary harakeke toy making with Marina Stokes. Learn a non-traditional method of flax weaving for fun, and create balls, snails, fish, birds and snakes.

Mount Farmers Market

Mount Farmers Market

30 Jun

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

The legacy tour - Kelvin and TJ

The legacy tour - Kelvin and TJ

02 Jul

What happens when you mix two international superstar mediums together on one stage!

Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

03 Jul to 04 Jul

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

NZ String Quartet - National Tour 2019

NZ String Quartet - National Tour 2019

03 Jul

Join the NZ String Quartet for a concert of ravishing works from the 18th to 21st centuries. Experience works by the inimitable Mozart, Czech musical icons Dvorák and Janácek, and a new work from Christchurch-based composer Gao Ping.

The Little Big Markets - Mount Maunganui

The Little Big Markets - Mount Maunganui

06 Jul

Head along to The Little Big Markets at Coronation Park for a range of delicious food, interesting stalls and live music.

Mindful Weaving Workshop

Mindful Weaving Workshop

06 Jul

Join us for 2.5 hours of weaving and mindfulness for a perfect Sunday of self-care.

Tauranga Judo Club Fun Day

Tauranga Judo Club Fun Day

07 Jul

Tauranga Judo Club Fun Day, Intermediate Judo Championships and National Secondary Schools Tournament

Paint and Wine Night - Wheat Fields - Paintvine

Paint and Wine Night - Wheat Fields - Paintvine

09 Jul

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

12 Jul

An interesting and unique market environment that is all inclusive to reflect our diverse community.

Workshop: WAI.TAI with Robyn Kamira

Workshop: WAI.TAI with Robyn Kamira

14 Jul

Learn an original waiata in te reo Māori from the WAI.TAI set list. WAI.TAI is a collective of musicians under the direction of Robyn Kamira, who writes in both te reo Māori and English.

Wai.Tai Performance

Wai.Tai Performance

14 Jul

Te Reo fusion performance – Maori rhythm and vibes

Paint and Wine Night - Picasso Kiss

Paint and Wine Night - Picasso Kiss

17 Jul

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

Mātauranga

 Mātauranga

18 Jul

Mātauranga, by Wellington-based Michael Norris, was commissioned as part of the NZSO Cook’s Landfall Series to mark 250 years since the first encounters between Maori and Europeans.

Hobby Swapmeet

Hobby Swapmeet

20 Jul

Hobby Swapmeet for all hobbies, arts and crafts.

Paint and Wine Night - Kowhai Tui - Paintvine

Paint and Wine Night - Kowhai Tui - Paintvine

24 Jul

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

Chess the Musical

Chess the Musical

26 Jul to 02 Aug

With live orchestra, choir and talented on stage cast this production from Stage Right will have wide audience appeal. Lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (formerly of ABBA).

Murder at the Juice Joint!

Murder at the Juice Joint!

27 Jul

Who Dunnit? A night of mystery and intrigue in the wild romantic era of the roaring 20's!!

Crop Swap

Crop Swap

28 Jul

Our Crop Swap happens on the fourth Sunday of each month from 9 - 10am. Feel free to bring a little of what you might have in your garden to share.

Cliff Richard and The Shadows Tribute Show

Cliff Richard and The Shadows Tribute Show

03 Aug

The 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert is a show that delivers a captivating live concert recreating the unforgettable sound of Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

Chris Greenslade

Chris Greenslade

04 Aug

Tauranga Musica presents award-winning NZ pianist and NGC NZ Scholarship winner Chris Greenslade. Enjoy an afternoon of music featuring a programme that includes works by Schubert, Schuman, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven.

Paint and Wine Night - Bob Ross - Paintvine

Paint and Wine Night - Bob Ross - Paintvine

06 Aug

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

09 Aug

An interesting and unique market environment that is all inclusive to reflect our diverse community.

Tauranga Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

Tauranga Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

13 Aug to 14 Aug

This is a chance for primary and intermediate aged kids to get involved in New Zealand’s biggest mud run series in a version tailored especially for them!

Paint and Wine Night - Bob Ross' Autumn Forest

Paint and Wine Night - Bob Ross

14 Aug

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

17 Aug

Wanderlust Opera bring their critically acclaimed touring production Don Pasquale to Tauranga. In this sparkling Donizetti comedy a miserly bachelor gets more than he bargained for when he entered into an arranged marriage. Performed in English.

Paint and Wine Night - Blue Bay - Paintvine

Paint and Wine Night - Blue Bay - Paintvine

20 Aug

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

Paint and Wine Night - Sunflowers - Paintvine

Paint and Wine Night - Sunflowers - Paintvine

21 Aug

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

Mrs Krishnan's Party

Mrs Krishnan

23 Aug to 25 Aug

Indian Ink Theatre Co bridges cultures and expands boundaries with this utterly disarming new comedy that seats the audience at the dining table and the kitchen bench in the back room of Krishnan’s Dairy.

The Tauranga Gala Dinner 2019

The Tauranga Gala Dinner 2019

29 Aug

Featuring Richie and Gemma McCaw! Don't miss New Zealand’s superstar couple at Tauranga's ultimate corporate entertainment event!

Tauranga Coffee Festival 2019

Tauranga Coffee Festival 2019

31 Aug

Join us for an annual event that's in celebration of a much-loved culture shared around New Zealand and the world.

Wicked

Wicked

14 Sep to 28 Sep

Tauranga Musical Theatre presents Wicked, the Broadway sensation set in the Land of Oz.

World Car Free Day 2019

World Car Free Day 2019

22 Sep

Ditch your fuel guzzler on World Car Free Day

Vegan Vibes 2019

Vegan Vibes 2019

28 Sep

Bay of Plenty’s first dedicated Vegan festival, we proudly showcase a curated selection of vegan food, fashion and more from around New Zealand.

Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

11 Oct

Following their sold-out Tauranga debut in 2018, Postmodern Jukebox will return to Baycourt in October 2019.

Tauranga STEM Festival 2019

Tauranga STEM Festival 2019

12 Oct

A world class festival, held in Tauranga, designed to engage and inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Spring Home Show: Celebrating 10 years

Spring Home Show: Celebrating 10 years

18 Oct to 20 Oct

Create your happy place! The Spring Home Show is celebrating 10 years of building dreams in the Bay of Plenty.

Te Māpouriki

Te Māpouriki

22 Oct

Guided by German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl, this concert features NZ composer Kenneth Young’s work Te Mapouriki plus music by Mozart, Strauss, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.

Mini Nationals

Mini Nationals

26 Oct to 27 Oct

The 25th NZ Mini Nationals coincides with Mini’s 60th birthday. See classic and new Minis compete at the Show & Shine and vote for People’s Choice to win prizes.

Tauranga Harbour Jam 2019

Tauranga Harbour Jam 2019

02 Nov to 03 Nov

A weekend of exhilarating windsurfing action with some of New Zealands top sailors competing.

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

05 Nov to 07 Nov

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company returns to Baycourt Swan Lake. Presented in two acts, this masterpiece ballet follows the original storyline, with subtle revisions and variations introduced by Artistic Director Gediminas Taranda.

2019 Melbourne Cup Charity Auction Dinner

2019 Melbourne Cup Charity Auction Dinner

05 Nov

Melbourne Cup in our own backyard charity fundraiser

Mr G: HOME

Mr G: HOME

09 Nov to 09 Feb

Mr G coming ‘home’ for first solo exhibition

Walk to Defeat MND

Walk to Defeat MND

10 Nov

Show you support for the sufferers and families of this debilitating disease and enjoy walking some of Tauranga's finiest foreshore.

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!

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