Bumper season of summer events for Tauranga
Tauranga can gear up for an impressive season of events this summer.
After many scheduled events were cancelled or delayed over the past 12 months due to Covid-19 restrictions, residents and visitors can now enjoy a huge array of events in the city.
“We’ve been working closely with event organisers over a long period to secure these events and continue to grow the city’s reputation as one of the country’s premiere event-friendly destinations, particularly under the new Covid-19 Protection Framework,” says Tauranga City Council’s Venues and Events Manager Nelita Byrne.
“After months of uncertainty, we’re delighted to announce an exciting line-up of events for our community to enjoy this summer.
“One of our core objectives in bringing major events to the city is to showcase Tauranga Moana as a premier event destination and an exciting place to live, work, play and visit, and this impressive line-up will do just that,” says Nelita.
Under the orange light of the Covid-19 Protection Framework for events, event-goers will need to show their vaccine pass, stay home if feeling unwell or have flu-like symptoms, scan their QR code for tracing, and wear a mask where required.
These requirements will help to ensure that the Tauranga community feels safe to enjoy what’s on offer this summer while knowing that precautions are in place to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Nelita says the summer will be a busy one in the Bay, with something for everyone to enjoy.
“Some of the standout events this summer include the Black Caps vs Bangladesh Cricket Test match kicking off on New Year’s Day, the highly anticipated Black Clash and the Mount Festival of Multisport on January 22, and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup starting March 4.”
Summer Haze on December 29 kicks off the summer concert season, featuring top kiwi bands Fat Freddy’s Drop and Shapeshifter. Salmonella Dub and BENEE have also just announced shows at Trustpower Baypark Arena in early March.
Tauranga residents and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead during the busy summer period as road closures will be in place for some events.
“If you’re coming into the city, please take the time to familiarise yourself with the road closures and recommended routes on the Tauranga City Council website, so you can navigate easily through the city centre,” says Nelita.
Summer Haze on December 29 kicks off the summer concert season, featuring top kiwi bands Fat Freddy’s Drop and Shapeshifter. Photo: Supplied.
- Baypark Speedway, from 18 Dec, Various dates, Trustpower Stadium
- Tauranga Summer Carnival, Boxing Day – 9 Jan, Memorial Park
- Soak and Sounds Sunday, Sundays 26 Dec – 27 Feb, Mount Hot Pools
- Summer Haze, 29 Dec, 2pm, Wharepai Domain, Tauranga
- BLACK CAPS vs Bangladesh Cricket Test, 1 - 5 Jan, Bay Oval
- Netsky & Friends Concert, 3 Jan, 2pm -10:30pm, Wharepai Domain
- Tauranga Fringe Festival, 15 Jan, 10am, The Historic Village
- Black Clash, 22 Jan, 6:30pm, Bay Oval
- Polo in the Bay, 22 Jan, 1 - 7pm, Trustpower Baypark
- Mount Festival of Multisport, 22 Jan, Various times, Mount Maunganui
- One Love Festival, 29 & 30 Jan, 12noon – 11pm, Tauranga Domain
- Classics of the Sky, 30 Jan, 8:30am, Tauranga City Airport
- First We Eat, 5 Feb, 12 noon – 7pm, Wharepai Domain, Tauranga
- NZ National Bridge Congress, 10 - 17 Feb, Baypark
- Oempa South African Festival, 12 Feb, 11am-9pm, Soper Reserve
- Beast of a Feast 2022, 19 Feb, 2pm – 10pm, Soper Reserve, Mount Maunganui
- Tauranga Agricultural and Pastoral Lifestyle Show, 19 Feb, 9am-4pm, Tauranga Race Course
- Holi Colour Splash, 19 Feb, 12 Noon-4pm, Memorial Park
- Armageddon Expo, 26 & 27 Feb, Trustpower Baypark Arena
- Waterbourne Beach Festival, 3 – 6 Mar, Mt Maunganui Main Beach
- ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, 4 – 18 Mar, Bay Oval
- Gincredible – Bay Of Plenty Gin Festival 2022, 5 Mar, Wharepai Domain
- Salmonella Dub, 5 Mar, Trustpower Baypark Arena
- BENEE, 6 Mar, Trustpower Baypark Arena