Annual events

From food festivals to music festivals and everything in between, there's always something happening in the Bay of Plenty! Whether you are planning a visit next week or next year, the list of events below will help you find what's happening during your stay in the Bay of Plenty. 

January

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BAY DREAMS
Trustpower Baypark, Mount Maunganui

Bay Dreams is New Zealand's biggest music festival, set outdoors in beautiful Mount Maunganui. 

WAihi Beach Summer Fair

WAIHĪ BEACH SUMMER FAIR
Wilson Park, Waihī Beach

The annual Waihī Beach Summer Fair is home to over 200+ stalls, 12,000+ punters, gourmet food plus fun for the kids and entertainment for everybody. 

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KATIKATI AVOCADO FESTIVAL
Katikati

Katikati is the Avocado Capital of New Zealand and hosts the Katikati Avocado Festival each year. Great food & wine, lively entertainment, product displays, kitchen demonstrations and more.

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MOUNT FESTIVAL OF MULTISPORT
Mount Maunganui

The Mount Festival of Multisport includes the Tauranga Half Marathon, AquaBike, Mount Run and Pilot Bay Swim.

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ONE LOVE
Mount Maunganui

Some of Aotearoa’s best reggae, hip-hop, soul, and R&B artists will unite in Tauranga Moana for the highly-anticipated One Love Festival.

March

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WATERBOURNE BEACH FESTIVAL
Mount Maunganui

Waterbourne Beach Festival is a three-day event featuring water sports, food and international musicians.

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FLAVOURS OF PLENTY FESTIVAL
Various locations

The Flavours of Plenty Festival is a celebration of the Coastal Bay of Plenty’s world-class food scene. Expect all kinds of mouthwatering fun, from workshops and demonstrations, degustations and pop-ups, cultural events and more.

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LOCAL WILD FOOD FESTIVAL
Mahy Reserve, Ōhope

Whakatāne's Local Wild Food Festival includes tastings, demonstrations, live entertainment, food stalls and more! Celebrate the abundance of local food, sustainability and the environment. 

 

April

The West End Wiggle

THE WEST END WIGGLE
West End, Ōhope Beach

A traditional longboard festival at the popular West End in Ōhope. 

Urban Polo

URBAN POLO
Tauranga Domain

The Urban Polo is more than just polo! It’s an unforgettable day of sport, music, fashion and food, making it the event of the summer. 

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60TH NATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Tauranga

The longest running Jazz Festival in the Southern Hemisphere showcasing New Zealand’s top jazz musicians.

July

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MATARIKI EVENTS
Bay of Plenty

Each year, the winter stars of Matariki signal the arrival of the Māori New Year. To honour Matariki traditions, more than 40 annual and one-off events are held around the Bay of Plenty every winter to celebrate our cultural heritage and unique national identity including workshops, exhibitions, live performances and family events.

September

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ZESPRI AIMS GAMES 
Various venues

The Zespri AIMS games give 11, 12 and 13 year olds an opportunity to compete as an individual or in a team against their age group in 23 different sports.

October

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TAURANGA STEM FESTIVAL 
Tauranga CBD

Tauranga STEM Festival (STEMFest) is a free, family-friendly science, technology, engineering and mathematics festival.

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TAURANGA ARTS FESTIVAL 
Tauranga

Tauranga Arts Festival is 10 days of music, theatre, comedy and visual arts. The next edition will be in 2023. Escape is delivered in alternate years to the festival and is a readers and writers weekend with thought-provoking talks. 

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VEGAN VIBES
Soper Reserve, Mount Maunganui

Vegan Vibes is a celebration of all things vegan. A great combination of street food, food products, clothing, health and more.

 

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SUN TO SURF
Mahy Reserve, Ōhope Beach

Whether you’re looking to nail a personal best on our flat and fast 21.1km and 10km courses, or wanting to embrace the end of our amazing Kiwi summer with family and friends in the 5km or The Wilde Whippet kids’ 1km fun social distances, Sun to Surf ticks all the boxes.

 

November

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BAY OF PLENTY GARDEN & ART FESTIVAL
Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Te Puke, Katikati

The Garden & Arts Festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of our region’s gardens and the creativity of talented artists. 

 

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POLO IN THE BAY
Trustpower Baypark, Mount Maunganui

Catch some of New Zealand’s most talented polo players going head-to-head in their provincial colours. Graze your way around handpicked food trucks on the polo lawn, let canapes come to you in the VIP Pavilion or put on a spread in your own Private Marquee.

December

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NEW YEAR'S EVE
Various locations

Fireworks, food trucks and more - join New Year's Eve celebrations across Tauranga.