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.
KATIKATI AVOCADO FESTIVAL
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.
FLAVOURS OF PLENTY FESTIVAL
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.
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.
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.
TAURANGA ARTS FESTIVAL
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.
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.
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.
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.