What‘s on - markets, macrame and motorkhana

Come on down to the Tauranga Historic Market today - organised by Bernie Allen and other members of the Bethlehem Te Puna Lions.

Kia ora and welcome to Sunday. Ko te ra tenei i hanga e te Ariki.  Kia ataata tonu.

We’re expecting a cloudy day with drizzle possible in the morning and evening, and northeasterlies.

It’s a one-layer-clothing day with an expected high of 23 degrees and an overnight low of 18 degrees. Sunset is at 8.13pm.

Remember that sun protection is required all day today even if it’s cloudy, until 5.30pm. Cloudy days mask the UV risk.

Are you freedom camping? Click here for information on where you can find a camping ground.

What’s on today?

The Tauranga Historic Village Market is on this morning from 8am-12pm, run by the Bethlehem Te Puna Lions. Come and check out the unique stalls, food and crafts.

There’s also a market in the Maketu Village Green this morning.

Brain Watkins House in Cameron Rd, Tauranga. Photo: John Borren

The Brain Watkins House in Tauranga is open to the public from 2pm – 4pm, and the Athenree Homestead in Athenree is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm.

Have a go at rowing with Otumoetai College at Memorial Park this morning. Bring your mates along to a fun trial session of rowing - no experience required. Just show up in exercise clothing, sunhat, drink bottle & socks. More information here

Also at Memorial Park you’ll find the Extravaganza Fair from 9am – 5pm with free entry, and market stalls, craft, food, entertainment, circus shows, sack races, tug of wars, funky clothing, jewellery and more.

The Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club is hosting the NZ Nationals this weekend. More information here.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make macramé wall hangings? Today is your day – from 1.30pm – 4.30pm at the Artery at the Tauranga Historic Village. You'll learn the basics of knot making, tips & tricks, and be guided through creating your own masterpiece to take home.
No experience is needed and all materials are supplied.

The Art of Outdoors is having an Open Day Weekend at 208 Joyce Rd, Pyes Pa from 10am – 3pm.

NZ Rally are hosting their Motorkhana & Autocross 2.0 event at TECT Park. Click here for more information.

Check out the other great Bike Month 2020 events at and don't forget to sign up to February's Aotearoa Bike Challenge and log your rides for your chance to win!

Papamoa ST8 Netball are holding trials today from 3pm – 5pm at Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa. Come and join in this family fun event.

Next to Coronation Park is the Pepi Toot train which will be out about today from 10am – 2pm, leaving from Salisbury Ave outside the Spongedrop Cafe. All aboard! Toot! Toot!

For more of what’s happening around the Bay:

Old time music-makers, Welcome Bay Hall 1-4pm. $3 entry & Ladies a plate please. All welcome. Ph Ces or Joy 544 3849

Argentine Tango In Tauranga
Starting soon 6:30pm every 3rd Sunday of month for a Free introduction to genuine Argentine Tango. No partner or experience required. FB:Tango In Tauranga

Athenree Homestead
Open every Sunday 12-4pm until end of March.

Bible Seminar
1:45pm Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St, Greerton. Title: Spreading the Gospel message. Interactive, Q&A. All welcome. Mary 573 5537

Blues Brothers Musical: Auditions
Want to audition for the world premiere of the musical The Blues Brothers: First Contact? Auditions in January 2020. Head to for audition info.

Brain Watkins House
Open 2-4pm. Kauri historic house furnished with original owners belongings. Lived in by one family for 98 years. $5 adults, children free.

Cycle Savvy Courses
Want to ride more but don’t feel confident? Join a free 3-week workshop to help you build your biking skills & confidence. Register

Enjoy Travel, New Friends?
Friendship Force could be for you! We are home-hosted overseas & internally. Meet Sundays monthly. Ph Jonathan 572 2091, Barbara 574 5711,

Golf Croquet Open Day
Tauranga Domain through main gates back left to Croquet Lawns 10am-12:30pm to try. Teenagers to Retiries welcome. Flat sole shoes please.

Historic Village Market
17th Ave, 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, 8am-12pm, wet or fine. A Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Project. Ph Bernie Allen 021 0422 612

Leisure Marching Display Day
Free entry. 11am-2pm Links Ave football grounds Mt Maunganui. Raffles, sandwiches, slices for sale tea/coffee. Enjoy colourful marching displays.

A one-to-one encounter between one adult audience member & one child performer taking place somewhere high up overlooking the city. Go to for info.

Maketu Market
Every 3rd & 5th Sundays at Maketu Village Green. Set up from 6am. $10 per stall. Ph Carolyn 027 251 0388

Otumoetai Hockey Open Training
Pre-season opportunity for new & existing club players wishing to play hockey in women’s or men’s competitions. 5-6:30pm Blake Park turf. Graeme 0274 520 600

Outdoor Bowls
Come & try outdoor bowls every Sunday from 12:30pm. Bowls supplied, refreshments available. Ph Mike 022 340 4152

Radio Controlled Model Yachts
Sundays & Thursdays 1:30-4pm. Pond behind 22 Montego Dr Papamoa. Sailing Electron radio controlled yachts for fun. Adult beginners welcome. Graham 572 5419

Tauranga Writers Focus Session
Writing workshops open to the public. Sharon Manssen on The Snowflake Method for Plotting a Novel. 2-4pm Greerton Library. $10, members $5

TePuke Country Music Club
At Te Puke Citz & RSA Club 1pm-4pm. All welcome. Ph Gayle 07 573 8255

The Sociables
A social group for new residents to Tauranga. We meet every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 5pm-7pm at The Raft, Chapel St. Email


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