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Winter Nights | Winter Lights

Friday 14 July to Saturday 15 July




Fri 14 July, 18:00-21:30
Sat 15 July, 18:00-21:30


Tauranga CBD waterfront

Winter Nights | Winter Lights, presented by Tauranga City Council, is the city's winter light celebration hosted at Tauranga’s waterfront on Friday, 14 and Saturday, 15 July. This free, all-ages event will run over two nights, featuring interactive light installations by Angus Muir, a magical projection of light onto a cascading wall of water, food stalls and more. 

Join the free family fun when the waterfront turns into a wonderful spectacle of light right in the middle of the school holidays so you can keep the kids up a little bit later and enjoy the shows.

Tauranga’s residents can look forward to exclusive light shows and an installation titled “Extrude” from Auckland based artist Angus Muir Design. Extrude is an impressive lighting installation designed to be viewed both at a distance and up close. 16 translucent posts – each standing 10 metres high – are illuminated on all sides and respond to those who come close.

Laser shows on the cascading wall of water will run every half hour (from 6pm – 9.30pm) throughout both nights to give everyone – from families and youngsters to young at hearts – the chance to attend the event when it suits them best.

Water screen shows at 6pm/ 6.30pm/ 7pm/ 7.30pm/ 8pm/ 8.30pm/ 9pm.

People can come into town at any time they wish between 6pm and 9.30pm, grab a bite from The Little Big Market’s ‘Winter Bites’ food stalls or from one of the many bars and restaurants in the CBD and enjoy the light shows.

Let us know that you’re coming

Tell your friends and family and make sure you let us know on Facebook that you are coming. Share your posts with #WNWL17 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Co.

Take the bus

Tauranga City and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils have teamed up to provide extended Bayhopper bus hours for the event. Visit for details.

Extended bus hours

Good to know

Celebrate winter with your family and friends. Wrap up warm and come on down to the CBD waterfront. This event is alcohol free. 

Winter Nights Winter Lights CBD map (340kb pdf)

Stay safe at the event: keep off roads and watch for trains. Road closures will be in place on Wharf Street (from Willow Street to The Strand) and on The Strand (from Harrington Street to Devonport Road) on both days from 3pm to 10.30pm.

If you come in by car, how about carpooling to avoid congestion? Parking is free after 3pm on weekdays. Parking in Tauranga is free on the weekends on all off-street car parks and parking buildings in the city centre. On-street parking is free after 1pm on Saturdays.

Find out more about parking here.