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01 Jun
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04 Jun
Escape 2018!
01 June to 04 June

Escape 2018! is a little festival with big ideas bringing the community together and the city alive during Queen’s Birthday Weekend, June 1-4.  Read more

19 Jun
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20 Jun
He Kura E Huna Ana
19 June to 20 June

e reo Maori play He Kura E Huna Ana is drawn from the legendary creation story of greenstone in Aotearoa.   Read more

13 Jul
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16 Jul
Winter Nights Winter Lights
13 July to 16 July

Watch Tauranga’s heart of the city come to light at the free, all-ages event, presented by Tauranga City Council, showcasing a spectrum of interactive light installations, live entertainment, food and more.  Read more

28Jul
Tauranga Coffee Festival
28 July

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and it’s association with the cafe culture here in New Zealand has provided an industry within itself.  Read more

Upcoming Events

31 Mar
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23 Nov
Arts on tour NZ
31 March to 23 November

Baycourt Presents is bringing seven Arts On Tour NZ  Read more

02 Apr
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21 Oct
Lion's Historic Village Market
02 April to 21 October

This community market is a great morning out for the whole family!  Read more

28 May
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30 May
The Ten Tenors - wish you were here
28 May to 30 May

The TEN Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power.  Read more

30May
Waste Free Parenting Workshop
30 May

This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste in your home especially with young children in the house.  Read more


31May
The Jazz Gala 2018
31 May

Direct from the USA, Robben Ford and Lydia Pense join the Rodger Fox Big Band for an evening of Jazz, Blues and Rock music. Joined by special guests and Califorrnia State University, Northridge Big Band musical directior, Matt Harris.  Read more

31May
Food Lovers Master Class
31 May

At this educational masterclass, not only will you receive $100 worth of goodies from your local council, you will get lots of exciting and inspirational advice around ways you can reduce your food waste.   Read more

01 Jun
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04 Jun
Escape 2018!
01 June to 04 June

Escape 2018! is a little festival with big ideas bringing the community together and the city alive during Queen’s Birthday Weekend, June 1-4.  Read more

01Jun
Escape - The New Zealand Project
01 June

Max Harris book The New Zealand Project aims to ignite discussion about how this country might move into a positive future. Max invites disagreement and in his book challenges people to come up with their own New Zealand Project.  Read more


01Jun
Escape - Te Araroa
01 June

Lace up your walking shoes and join Geoff Chapple, journalist and founder of Te Araroa Walkway of NZ, for the illustrated story of how the 3000km route came into being.   Read more

01Jun
Distortion - A Night of Underground Music
01 June

Distortion - Spring Edition: Part 1/4   Read more

02 Jun
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03 Jun
Project Youth Hip Hop Dance Competition 2018
02 June to 03 June

In its 9th year, Project now caters to youth from all over New Zealand over two days.  Read more

02Jun
Escape - Stroppy Women
02 June

Leading New Zealand women Sue Bradford, Mary Dillon, and Paula Morris talk to Michele A’Court about what gets their goat. All the women have lived at least a part of their life in the public eye and will discuss the difficulties of doing so.  Read more


02Jun
Escape - Drawn Out
02 June

Columnist, cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, life member of Parliament’s Press Gallery and ONZM Tom Scott talks to Guyon Espiner about his life so far.  Read more

02Jun
Escape - On the Barricades
02 June

Activist, former Green MP and mother of five Sue Bradford talks to Geoff Chapple about her life and why protest matters.  Read more

02Jun
Escape - Land of Opportunity
02 June

Who do we want to be as people and as a nation, what are the hurdles we have to overcome to achieve a better, fairer country and how do we clear them – and is there even only one kind of New Zealand and one kind of New Zealander?  Read more

02 Jun
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03 Jun
Escape - My Best Dead Friend
02 June to 03 June

A joyful comedy from a heavy heart. My Best Dead Friend is a one-woman show based on real life events which follows Anya and her four best friends - a group of rebel geeks recently emancipated from the torturous shackles of high school.  Read more


02Jun
Escape - The Complete Kai
02 June

Meet Monique Fiso – the dynamic young New Zealand-born chef with Michelin-star experience who is championing sophisticated food using Maori cooking techniques and native ingredients. She talks to Allyson Gofton.  Read more

02Jun
Escape - Beyond the Visual
02 June

Join award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer Laurence Fearnley for a 3-hour workshop to explore ways in which sight, sound, touch, smell and taste can add richness and detail to your work.  Read more

02Jun
Linda Munn Uku Clay Workshop
02 June

Join our uku clay workshop where you will use pinch pot, coil and slab techniques to create small pots, sculptures and vessels with raku clay.   Read more

03Jun
Escape - How to Draw Funny
03 June

Tom Scott shares more than 40 years’ experience in this cartooning-focused workshop.  Read more


03Jun
Escape - Things That Matter
03 June

Emma Espiner talks to Glenn Colquhoun and David Galler, who helped create an online space for medical professionals to share their experiences, about the language of caring and how working with people constantly surprises them.   Read more

03Jun
Escape - Oral Poetry & Totems
03 June

Using foot-high totems of New Zealand historical figures, best-selling poet Glenn Colquhoun explores Maori and Pakeha oral poetic forms, inspired by the likes of Robbie Burns and Te Rauparaha.  Read more

03Jun
Escape - Scents of a Landscape
03 June

Award-winning novelist Laurence Fearnley and Harold Jones, poet and co-founder of Queenstown Natural Perfumiers, talk to Geoff Chapple about using New Zealand’s landscapes as inspiration in the act of creating.  Read more

03Jun
Escape - How we met
03 June

Realising all conversations with couples lead to ‘how did you meet’, comedian and author Michele A’Court has collected relationship stories. With Paula Morris, she will discuss the roles neuroscience and psychology has in relationships.  Read more


03Jun
Escape - Creative Sparks
03 June

Assisted by Tauranga Museum staff, our five panellists each chose an object from the Tauranga Museum collection to ‘talk to’, a conversation that sparked the work you’re about to experience.  Read more

03Jun
Mt Runners Half Marathon
03 June

Queen's Birthday Weekend, Sunday 3rd June. Run or walk the 21km, 10km or 5km course while enjoying the stunning backdrop of the Mount beaches and the Mauao base track.  Read more

04Jun
Escape - La Belle Vie
04 June

Enjoy a French-theme morning tea with Allyson Gofton, who’s twice “stepped off the wheel for a year” and taken her family to a village in a remote part of France where they immersed themselves in French daily life and seasonal traditions.   Read more

04Jun
Escape - Comedy Central
04 June

Comedy theory, writing, performance and feedback with stand-up veteran and 2010 New Zealand Comedy Guild Female Comedian of the Decade Michele A’Court.  Read more


06Jun
Chris Hainsworth on the Mighty Wurly
06 June

“One of New Zealand's most entertaining classical organists", Chris tours New Zealand regularly with enjoyable, informative and thought-provoking performances. Presented by: Baycourt Presents.  Read more

08Jun
2018 Ladies Charity Luncheon
08 June

Back by popular demand the 2018 Ladies Charity Luncheon. Developed from years of experience in running similar events, this event is be the 'Must-attend' women's event in the Bay each year.  Read more

08 Jun
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01 Jul
Exhibition: E ai ki a Walter: According to Walter
08 June to 01 July

"E ai ki ā Walter: According to Walter" photographic exhibition by local kaumatua Walter Dickson tells the story of his beloved community Matapihi, he calls the window to Tauranga Moana.  Read more

09Jun
Parewhati Taikato and Jannine Campbell - Harakeke series
09 June

This workshop will cover flax harvesting, collection, preparation, dyeing and weaving  Read more


11 Jun
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15 Jun
Matariki ki Mauao 2018: Waiti, Waita, Waipuna Ora
11 June to 15 June

Matariki ki Mauao 2018 is back this year with more workshops and activities to share knowledge around Matariki.  Read more

12Jun
Mana Rangatahi Workshop
12 June

Struggling to get direction and to be focused? This workshop has been crafted to help you get clarity of what you want in life.  Read more

12 Jun
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13 Jun
FreshMoves 2018 - "Because"
12 June to 13 June

BOP Dance presents “BECAUSE” the 2018 FreshMoves Dance Festival. A celebration of original dance created by Bay of Plenty primary school children to communicate their interpretation of this year’s theme BECAUSE.  Read more

13Jun
Matariki Lecture Series: Mauri the Miracle
13 June

I think I am a grown up now. I stopped trying to be ‘cool’ a long time ago. My physical body, with its lack of balance and awkward movement, continues to remind me how much I have to share...  Read more


14Jun
He Wai
14 June

A Variety Concert  Read more

15 Jun
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03 Jul
Te Whare Tangata – The female essence
15 June to 03 July

A group show of works exploring notions of the female essence Te Whare Tangata– curated by Parewhati Taikato  Read more

15 Jun
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28 Jun
Mauri Oho by Gavin Smith - Hei-Tuakiri
15 June to 28 June

This exhibition is Gavin Smith's interpretation of the significance of manu within Te Ao Māori (the Māori world).  Read more

16Jun
Parewhati Taikato and Jannine Campbell - Harakeke series
16 June

This workshop will cover flax harvesting, collection, preparation, dyeing and weaving  Read more


17Jun
Whare Thompson Carving demos
17 June

Exciting carving demos by the esteemed carver Whare Thompson from his workshop at the Historic Village.  Read more

17Jun
Introduction to Bone Carving with Hei-Tuakiri - full day workhlop
17 June

Learn about cultural origins of whakairo (carving) and common bone carving designs.  Read more

19 Jun
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20 Jun
He Kura E Huna Ana
19 June to 20 June

e reo Maori play He Kura E Huna Ana is drawn from the legendary creation story of greenstone in Aotearoa.   Read more

19Jun
Te Reo Wainene o Tua - The Sweet Story of Yester-year
19 June

A te reo Māori storytelling Kaupapa, revitalising pūrākau, reviving oral traditions, normalizing te reo!  Read more


20Jun
Matariki Lecture Series: Puawai Cairns
20 June

Puawai Cairns, Head of Mātauranga Māori / Head of Māori Collection at Te Papa will be sharing some of the stories she has encountered on multiple projects and exhibitions that have explored the multiple facets of the mauri concept.  Read more

20Jun
Greerton Toddler Time with Aroha
20 June

Come and join us at the Mount Library for a fun filled half hour of Matariki themed stories, waiata and activities with Aroha.   Read more

20 Jun
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07 Jul
Blithe Spirit
20 June to 07 July

The hilarious comedy by the brilliant Noel Coward.  Read more

21Jun
Battle of Te Ranga Dawn Service
21 June

Come and join us at 7am for a dawn service to commemorate this event which took part two months after the Battle of Gate Pa at Pukehinahina.  Read more


21Jun
Mount Toddler Time with Aroha
21 June

Come and join us at the Mount Library for a fun filled half hour of Matariki themed stories, waiata and activities with Aroha.   Read more

22 Jun
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23 Jun
Jekyll & Hyde
22 June to 23 June

Five hilarious performers tell the terrifying (yet sexy) tale of Jekyll & Hyde. Thrilling, charming, shockingly good comedy, we’ll make you laugh until it hurts.   Read more

22Jun
Matariki Allstars 2018
22 June

Aotearoa’s premiere music event celebrating the uniqueness of Matariki in recognition of our established and emerging Maori & Pasifika Artists.  Read more

22Jun
Operatunity Presents: Shake, Rattle & Roll
22 June

The 50’s and 60’s introduced a liberating new beat, a more enveloping style of music, a greater zest for life and a more contagious invitation to dance than ever before.  Read more


23 Jun
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24 Jun
Bay of Plenty Pet & Animal Expo
23 June to 24 June

At last, the organisers of the Auckland Pet & Animal Expo are bringing the event to Mt Maunganui and the Bay of Plenty for 2017!   Read more

23 Jun
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24 Jun
3 Pigs
23 June to 24 June

“3 Pigs” is a super fun story! Lots of awesome dancing – jazz, ballet, tap – Just to name a few styles! Something for everyone! Not to be missed!  Read more

23Jun
Kiwifruit Cup Day & Mid-Winter Christmas Party at the Races
23 June

A full day of thoroughbred racing, featuring the Orora Kiwi Packaging Kiwifruit Cup and Listed Woburn Farm Tauranga Classic.  Read more

23Jun
Jo'el Komene - Roreka workshop - Taonga pūoro
23 June

Traditional Maori musical instruments, information, demonstration and making instruments.  Read more


25 Jun
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26 Jun
Cultural connections
25 June to 26 June

Join us for a two programme to learn about our history, local iwi and hapu, and the cultural richness of our land.  Read more

25Jun
Mana Wahine - Artist Panel Discussion
25 June

Come and join us at this panel discussion looking at mana wahine (feminine power) and its various constructions and applications within contemporary art.   Read more

26Jun
Matariki Lecture Series: Getting to know the Natives
26 June

This workshop is designed to introduce you to some native plants and the people who use them. Learn traditional Rongoā Māori philosophies and practices and make your own Rongoā balm to take home with you.  Read more

26Jun
Tauranga Toddler Time with Sharon Holt
26 June

Sharon and Alan Holt bring their Te Reo Singalong books to life in an energetic and interactive show for Matariki.  Read more


26Jun
Pō Pūrākau ki Tutara Wānanga
26 June

Dress in your PJ's and join us for a magical Matariki storytelling night at Greerton Library!   Read more

27Jun
Papamoa Toddler Time with Sharon Holt
27 June

Sharon and Alan Holt bring their Te Reo Singalong books to life in an energetic and interactive show for Matariki.  Read more

27Jun
Matariki Lecture Series: Getting to know the Natives
27 June

This workshop is designed to introduce you to some native plants and the people who use them. Learn traditional Rongoā Māori philosophies and practices and make your own Rongoā balm to take home with you.  Read more

27Jun
Introduction to Bone Carving with Hei-Tuakiri - half day workshop
27 June

Introduction and appreciation for the art of Maori Bone Craving.  Read more


28Jun
Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao (Book Launch)
28 June

Join us to celebrate the launch of Debbie McCauley’s new book, Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao.  Read more

28Jun
Mozart & Beethoven
28 June

The NZSO presents Mozart’s captivating Bassoon Concerto, Beethoven’s joyous Symphony No. 8., Gareth Farr’s He iwi tahi tatou and Jimmy Lopez’s Fiesta!. Concert features conductor Miguuel Harth-Bedoya and NZSO Section Principal Bassoon Robert Weeks.   Read more

29Jun
The Maori Sidesteps
29 June

The Maori Sidesteps are a contemporary Maori showband, putting their own political spin on well-known songs and entertaining crowds with soulful harmonies and off the cuff comedy. Presented by: Baycourt Presents.  Read more

29Jun
Ignite the Crown
29 June

The Palace Dance Studio presents the Royal Family, "Ignite the Crown"  Read more


29 Jun
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30 Jun
Papamoa Hills Night Walk
29 June to 30 June

An opportunity to walk in the Papamoa Hills under the full moon.  Read more

30 Jun
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01 Jul
The Seriously Good Food Show
30 June to 01 July

It's going to be the tastiest weekend in the Bay of Plenty, so get your forks ready.   Read more

01Jul
Whare Thompson Carving demos
01 July

Carving demos by the esteemed carver Whare Thompson - out of his workshop at the Historic Village  Read more

01Jul
Introduction to Bone Carving with Hei-Tuakiri - Demonstration
01 July

Learn about cultural origins of whakairo and common bone carving designs. Free bite sized workshop and demonstration in bone carving  Read more


01Jul
Matariki Kite Day
01 July

Matariki kites will take to the sky on Sunday, 1 July.  Read more

06Jul
Aroha Atu an exhibition by Donna Dinsdale
06 July

Based around the woollen blanket as an iconic link between cultures in Aotearoa, the series of garments presented will communicate symbolism drawn from Aotearoa’s rich heritage.  Read more

07Jul
AOTNZ - Seed
07 July

Winner of the 2014 Adam New Zealand Play Award, Seed by Elisabeth Easther follows four women as they try to get pregnant, stay pregnant or become un-pregnant - the dilemmas of modern reproduction.   Read more

13 Jul
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16 Jul
Winter Nights Winter Lights
13 July to 16 July

Watch Tauranga’s heart of the city come to light at the free, all-ages event, presented by Tauranga City Council, showcasing a spectrum of interactive light installations, live entertainment, food and more.  Read more


20Jul
Simon Trpceski plays Grieg
20 July

This NZSO concert sees the return of two great artists who individually had a big impact on audiences when they were last here in 2015 – Spanish conductor Jaime Martín and Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski. Features works by Shostakovich and Grieg.  Read more

27Jul
Classic Jazz Standards of a Bygone Era
27 July

Join Baycourt for a night of beautiful Classic Jazz standards from The Great American Songbook as popular jazz vocalist Ruby Page and Scott Harrison on the Mighty Whirly visits the Baycourt Theatre for the first time.   Read more

28Jul
Tauranga Coffee Festival
28 July

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and it’s association with the cafe culture here in New Zealand has provided an industry within itself.  Read more

03Aug
Jimi Jackson - Mama we made it
03 August

Jackson’s new show ‘Mama We Made It’ sees Jimi explore his childhood, weave musical interludes with his classic Kiwi humour, and a good dose of his trademark audience interaction. The show also features an opening set from DJ Sir-Vere.  Read more


05Aug
AOTNZ - No Holds Bard
05 August

An outrageous and at times profound view into one actor's attempt at self destruction.   Read more

08Aug
The Bootleg Beach Boys
08 August

A fully costumed show taking you right from the very beginning of The Beach Boys.  Read more

09Aug
Beethoven & Brahms
09 August

The NZSO and Maestro Edo de Waart joins forces with arguably one of the finest violinists of his generation, Grammy Award winner Augustin Hadelich, to present de Waart’s third Masterworks concert for 2018.  Read more

10Aug
Operatunity: The Golden Era of Musicals
10 August

Many of us grew up with musicals featuring the singing greats like Jeanette McDonald, Nelson Eddy, Judy Garland and Dame Julie Andrews.  Read more


11Aug
Pin’d Creative Showcase
11 August

Presented by: Pin’d. The fashion show is a display of garments designed and constructed by intermediate and secondary school students. $1 from every ticket goes to Cambodia Charity Trust.  Read more

01Sep
Ledlenser Run Beneath the Stars
01 September

Run Beneath the Stars Tauranga – Saturday 1st September 2018.  Read more

08Sep
Arj Baker - Organic
08 September

Arj barker starts with the finest free-range topics & nurtures them until they're brimming with hilarity and ready for tellin'. His cruelty-free jokes are ALWAYS tested on animals and 100% goat-approved. That's quality you can trust.   Read more

08Sep
HopeWalk Tauranga 2018
08 September

HopeWalk is a movement to bring greater awareness around the issue of suicide and promote suicide prevention.  Read more


09Sep
Richard Mapp
09 September

Well-known pianist Richard Mapp has played many times for Chamber Music NZ, performed with the major orchestras of the world and many groups and soloists. Richard’s programme will include pieces by Bach, Kenneth Young, Schubert, Chopin, Messiaen & Brahms  Read more

09Sep
Song for nobodies
09 September

Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday & Maria Callas touch the lives of 5 every-day women resulting in stories of life-changing encounters. The singer has her story & the listener hers, & should these touch each other, there can be magic.  Read more

13Sep
Classical Hits
13 September

NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich leads the orchestra on a country-wide tour, presenting a Classical Hits programme for the whole family. Featuring works by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Gillian Whitehead, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky.  Read more

14Sep
Operatunity Presents: Tennessee Waltz
14 September

In a concert where pop meets traditional country we feature award winning songs from artists like Doris Day, John Denver, Connie Francis, Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton.  Read more


21 Sep
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23 Sep
The Tauranga Spring Home Show
21 September to 23 September

Create your happy place! The Spring Home Show is the perfect opportunity to find all your home products and service needs under one roof.  Read more

22Sep
Vegan Vibes
22 September

Vegan Vibes is back this September the 22nd 2018!  Read more

22 Sep
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29 Sep
Shrek the Musical
22 September to 29 September

Join Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona in this all singing, all dancing hilarious production which turns the world of fairytales upside down.   Read more

22Sep
Tauranga International Marathon
22 September

Fast. Flat. Fun! With a spectacular finish in Tauranga's beautiful CBD.   Read more


02Oct
Postmodern Jukebox
02 October

New Zealand loves Postmodern Jukebox! Following three successful tours in as many years, the multi-talented collective will bring their re-imagined contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears to eagerly awaiting fans in 2018.  Read more

10Oct
AOTNZ - Adam McGrath and the Roaring Days
10 October

Adam with The Eastern has played everywhere from Timaru to Nashville and beyond. Throwing down on theatre stages, street corners pubs and living rooms, he treats every show as the best one yet.   Read more

26Oct
Operatunity Presents: Divas & Divos
26 October

In a concert with a similar format to our acclaimed Mario Lanza show in 2016, we look into the lives and music of many of the world’s greatest singers of all time including Joan Sutherland, Maria Callas, Pavarotti, Caruso and Mario Lanza.   Read more

27 Oct
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28 Oct
Focus on Women Expo
27 October to 28 October

Be inspired, empowered and entertained at the Focus on Women Expo!  Read more


28Oct
Dr Seuss's the Cat in the Hat
28 October

Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes.  Read more

03 Nov
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04 Nov
Madagascar
03 November to 04 November

The talented students of STEPS Performing Arts will delight audiences of all ages with their production of DreamWorks – Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.   Read more

09 Nov
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10 Nov
A Russian Triple Bill
09 November to 10 November

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to New Zealand with A Russian Triple Bill. This is the first time that the company have brought this stunning programme to NZ.   Read more

23Nov
AOTNZ - Seven Deadly Stunts
23 November

Chainsaw juggling, walking on broken glass and other famous feats are performed along with the stories of how they came to be.   Read more


23Nov
Operatunity: Cinderella - A Christmas Pantomime
23 November

We bring you our famous Christmas pantomime with a new twist on Cinderella!   Read more

23Nov
AOTNZ - The Messy Magic Adventure
23 November

Circus, slapstick & magic combine in this special adventure for primary school aged children & families. Fantastical fun, with waterproof ponchos provided for those in the front row.  Read more

15 Dec
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16 Dec
The Mount Monster
15 December to 16 December

New Zealand's premier endurance ironman race with a prize purse to match.  Read more

17Dec
The Abba Show – ABBAsolutely fABBAulous
17 December

Far from being “just another cover band” The ABBA Show is a full-scale theatrical production featuring over 2 hours of live music, replica costumes, theatrical lighting/effects and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle.  Read more


22Dec
A Night Before Christmas
22 December

“A Night Before Christmas” returns in 2018 and will be the perfect way to welcome in Christmas. The Bay’s biggest free Christmas party will celebrate 22 years of Christmas joy and Festive fun.  Read more