What’s on – stilt walking, archery and blueberries

Come along and support the athletes at the Generation Homes Women's Triathlon at Mount Maunganui this morning. Photo: Supplied

Kia ora and welcome to the last Sunday in February.

Today we should experience a fine morning to start with, but there may be a few showers turning up this afternoon as southwesterlies turn southerly.

It’s a one-to-two-layer  clothing day with an expected high of 24 degrees and an overnight low of 14 degrees. Sunset is at 8.05pm.

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?

From stilt walking to archery, there’s something for everyone today.

Diana Bomford, Tony Fraser and Hugh Bomford at the Lion and Tusk Museum at Mount Maunganui

Have you been to the Lion and Tusk Museum yet? It's open today from 10am - 3pm at Unit 4, 14 Portside Dr, Mount Maunganui. Come and see a massive display of Rhodesian military history records and exhibits of uniforms, medals and equipment. For more information click here

Generation Homes Women’s Triathlon is on all morning, based at Pilot Bay. Come and cheer on the runners, swimmers and cyclists as they take to the water and street. More here

Kids Go Wild – the popular free family carnival – is on today from 4pm – 6pm at the Omokoroa Sports ground. There will be free carnival rides, pony rides, animal farm, inflatables, face painting, lollies and an under 5’s zone. Come run away with the circus at the have-a-go circus area or win tickets at the free carnival games to exchange for great prizes at the prize tent. Parents can relax under the trees to the sounds of local buskers. There will be plenty of giveaways, prizes and competitions. Food and drinks are available onsite for purchase. Click here for more

Discover the fun of BMX today at the Tauranga BMX Have-a-Go Day at the Tauranga BMX Club at 280 Cambridge Rd, Tauranga. Have a go at riding the track. Suitable for all ages – kids and adults. Bring your own BMX, or there is limited $5 equipment hire.

There’s another exciting points race day on at the Waihi Beach Dirt Track today from 11am – 5pm. Gate fee is just $5, under 12s are free. Take in the action from what locals say is the most scenic race track in the country. Food and drink are available. To get there head out on Beach Rd, next to the quarry and look for the signs.

Give rowing a go at Bay Coast Rowing, 372 Wairoa Rd today from 1pm – 3pm. School rowers can learn to row on the calm waters of the Wairoa River and there is also coaching available for adults.

Tauranga Rowing Club are also holding a learn-to-row course, for adults at Memorial Park today from 8am – 10.30am. More here

Come and check out the mustangs on show at the Papamoa Lions Market at Gordon Spratt Reserve. The BOP Mustang Owners Club will be in attendance, supporting the market’s fundraising for mobility dogs. More information here.

To continue a great day looking at autos, motor or cycle along to the Whanau Fun Day at Soper Reserve in Mount Maunganui to see the latest Utes and SUVs. Run by Papamoa Rotary, it’s only a gold coin donation entry with funds going to help local charities.

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!

Pick your own blueberries in Katikati at the first pick of the season. Come and have some family fun and fill your tum! More information here

At Tauranga Art Gallery, the Matatoki: Mata a Waka exhibition is the first exhibition to open Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga’s 2020 programme celebrating Mana Moana – Mana Tauranga.

For more of what’s happening around the Bay:

Archery In Tauranga
Archery with Tauranga Archers, summer hours 10am-1pm. Come down to find out more Graham Park, Tauranga. Introductory classes available FB: Tauranga Archers

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.

Atrium Art Artisan Fair
11am-3pm Locally handmade art & wares at the Black Sheep Restaurant, 21 Plummers Pt Rd, Whakamarama. Locally handmade art & wares

Bible Seminar
1:45pm Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St, Greerton. Title: Bible answers to the origins of the nations. 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.

BOP Oodle Club
Fun social playdates for dogs. Meet up 1st Sunday of each month, Fergusson Park, Matua (Beach Road end). Gold coin donation appreciated.

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.

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,

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

Ninja Knits Guerilla Yarnbombers
Join a group of knitters & crocheters wanting to spread fun. Share talents, ideas, projects & cake! First Sunday of month. 9am-12pm The Incubator Lounge. Ph 07 571 3232

Oropi Sunday Market
Just a 13 minute drive from Greerton, housed in the vibrant Oropi Memorial Hall, come & browse our awesome array of stalls. 1295 Oropi Rd

Otumoetai Hockey Club
Muster & open training 5-6pm at Blake park turf. New & current players welcome. Senior teams available for men & women. Ph Graeme 027 452 0600

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

Papamoa Country Music Club
Gordon Spratt Domain at 1pm. Includes afternoon tea. Come along & enjoy.

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

Sunday Social Stilt Walking
Do you have your own walking stilts? Join me for fun & social evening stilt walking in Papamoa. Ph Alice 0210 642 337

Sunday Stitch
Join textile artist Kirsty on 1st Sunday of month. Share skills & create fabric projects. All skill levels. The Artery, Historic Village 10am-1pm. $20 incl refreshments. 07 571 3232

Taize @ St. Georges
Join us for a quiet service based on the style of worship from the Taize Community in France. 1 Church St, 7pm.

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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