What's on in Tauranga and the Mount


Looking for something to do? There's plenty on in the Bay. See a list of upcoming events here.


SATURDAY JANUARY 5

WHAT: Port of Tauranga Half Ironman

WHERE: Mount Maunganui

WHEN: 6am-4pm

The Port of Tauranga Half includes a 2km swim, 90km bike, 21.1km run. Both elite and age group athletes have the opportunity to win a national championship medal. www.tgahalf.co.nz

SUNDAY JANUARY 6

WHAT: Paul Ubana Jones

WHERE:Omokoroa Boat Club

WHEN:3pm

Playing in one show only in Tauranga so don't miss Paul Ubana Jones. Ph boat club 548 0960.

WHAT: James Ray and The Geronimo Band

WHERE: Haiku Reserve

WHEN:6pm

Hard core country singer, songwriter and international multi-award winning entertainer JR now lives and tours New Zealand. Ph 549 3549.

TUESDAY JANUARY 8

WHAT: The Ruby Frost Road Trip

WHERE: Your place if you win the competition

WHEN: January 8

Pop-alternative princess Ruby Frost plays in Tauranga on January 8 - at your own party! To enter the competition for your own private Ruby Frost sitting (and her band) www.theedge.co.nz/Win/RubyFrostFlatParty.aspx

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9

WHAT: 93.4 MORE FM Beach Dig

WHERE: Mount Main Beach

WHEN: January 9 from 10.30am

A special treat for 2-11 year olds, entry by gold coin donation to the Mount Lifeguard Service Junior Surf. Ph 958-7050.

WHAT: Urban White Out: Hip Hop Edition

WHERE: Tauranga Moana Maori Trust Board, 3 The Strand

WHEN:7.30-11pm

The best entertainment with DJ's and a spectacular full stage light and laser production. Features DJ Tiny (urban dance), DJ Ru (hip hop/RnB).

THURSDAY JANUARY 10

WHAT: Outdoor Comedy Store

WHERE: Coronation Park

WHEN: January 10, 8pm

Comedians including Urzila Carlson, Simon McKinney and Tarun Mohanbhai. www.outdoorcomedystore.co.nz

To win a double pass to Outdoor Comedy Store - see our Facebook page.

SATURDAY JANUARY 12

WHAT: Tauranga Boutique Seafood Festival

WHERE: Dive Cres

WHEN: 3-8pm

Delight your taste buds with a love of seafood, kiwi culture and creativity full of festive fun and entertainment. Ph 577 7188 or 0800 484 2538.

SUNDAY JANUARY 13

WHAT: Battle of Gate Pa

WHERE: St George's Anglican Church, Gate Pa

WHEN: 2-4pm and January 20

Dr Cliff Simons, military historian will speak about this significant site and take participants for a walk around the site. cpsimons@slingshot.co.nz

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16

WHAT: 93.4 MORE FM Sand Sculpture

WHERE: Mount Main Beach

WHEN: January 16, from 10.30am

Bring your best sand sculpture ideas to the popular annual competition. Ph 928 7300.

FRIDAY JANUARY 18

WHAT: Electric Dreams

WHERE: Westside Theatre

WHEN: January 18-26, 7.30-10pm

Travel back in time with the Youth of Tauranga Musical Theatre. Set in the 1980s and packed full of great eighties songs. Ph 578 4824.

SATURDAY JANUARY 19

WHAT: Tauranga A&P; Show

WHERE: Tauranga Racecourse

WHEN: 10am-4pm

Entertainment, pony rides, livestock, shearing demonstrations, equestrian events and more. Ph 578 6102.

WHAT: Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival

WHERE: A&P; Showgrounds

WHEN: 12noon-6pm

Wineries and cooking demonstrations galore, plus entertainment. A great day out for all. Ph David Crispin 549 1900.

WHAT: Eat a Pest Dinner Party

WHERE: Manawahe Hall

WHEN: 6pm

Support the Manawahe Eco Trust and attend the annual dinner and entertainment. Test your palate with various pest stews and hangi. Ph 027 724 7843 for details.

TUESDAY JANUARY 22

WHAT: PORSE Dino Dig

WHERE: Mount Maunganui Main Beach - Moturiki

WHEN: 9-11am

Come and join PORSE for a morning of free fun in the sun digging up fossil dinosaur bones or dinosaur eggs to win great prizes. Bring your spades, hats and sunblock aimed at the under fives and open to all. Ph Hilary Fraser 578 8554.

FRIDAY JANUARY 25

WHAT: Crazy Carnival 2013

WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre

WHEN: 10am-3pm

This year there's slides, rides, side shows, candy floss, carnival food, pro wrestling, magic, face painting, balloons for the kids and market stalls for mums and dads. Ph Tauranga Leisure 0508 732 732.

SATURDAY JANUARY 26

WHAT: High Wire Wrestling Society presents The Bays Wrestlefest 2

WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre

WHEN: 7-9.30pm

Kiwi Pro Wrestling's finest stars will be out to shine and add wins to their career totals. All the action you see on television seen right here ... family friendly. info@kiwiprowrestling.co.nz

WHAT: Maketu Rotary Duathlon and Historic Hikoi

WHERE: Maketu Village Reserve - Park Rd

WHEN: 8am-1pm

A 3.5km run/walk, 10km bike ride, 6km run/walk, 20km bike and 5km Hikoi walk. Ph Lyn Fraser-Jones on 533 1572.

WHAT: Demon Energy and RockFM Monster Truck and Stunt Explosion Tour

WHERE: Baypark

WHEN: 5.30-7.30pm

High flying, mind blowing monster truck jumps and races, V8 wheelie jeep, motorcycle stunts, FMX, human torch, cars on two wheels, clown act and

WHAT: Rotary Club of Otumoetai "Dream Machines" car show

WHERE: Bethlehem Town Centre carpark

WHEN: 10am-3pm

Show will include BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus.

The show is a fundraiser for the purchase of Shelter Boxes. The boxes provide emergency housing and supplies in times of natural disaster or in war zones around the world. more. Ph 574 6009.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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