Epic weekend in store for Tauranga next month

White Ferns captain Sophie Devine. Photo: Supplied.

The Silver Ferns, the Blackcaps and the White Ferns, as well as the Royal New Zealand Ballet, are all set to shine in Tauranga on March 6-7, providing a huge boost for local hospitality, tourism and accommodation providers.

Their convergence on the Bay will result in one of the region’s busiest weekends, as thousands of out-of-town visitors join locals to soak up all the action.

Tourism Bay of Plenty chief executive Kristin Dunne says to have so many high-profile events occur in one weekend proves Tauranga has come of age.

“It will be fantastic for our local economy and a great opportunity to showcase our region to a big, televised audience,” says Kristin. “To have three of our premier sports teams compete here at the same time shows we are capable of hosting major events and that the Bay is definitely the place to be!”

The big weekend kicks off on Saturday, March 6, when the Silver Ferns take on the Australian Diamonds at Trustpower Baypark Arena. They’ll play again the following afternoon in what will be the final two matches of the Constellation Cup. Fans are expected to travel from across the North Island to watch as the world’s top-two netball teams go head-to-head.

On Sunday, March 7, all eyes will be on Bay Oval. At midday, the White Ferns take on England in a T20 clash, followed by the Blackcaps versus Australia at 4pm. The double header will draw a sell-out crowd and generate plenty of spending across the wider region.

Meanwhile, at Baycourt, the Royal New Zealand Ballet will present ‘Tutus on Tour’, offering both a matinee and evening performance on Saturday, March 6. Three ballet favourites (including the ‘White Swan’ pas de deux from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet’s famous ‘balcony’ pas de deux) will be performed alongside two brand new ballets.

“The televised cricket coverage always includes great aerial shots of Mauao and our harbour, reminding people just how beautiful the Bay really is. The entire weekend will showcase Tauranga and create a real buzz, which is exciting for us all,” adds Kristin.

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