Tauranga Farmers Market

The best way to support local and eat fresh!
Every Saturday, 7.45–12 noon
Tauranga Primary School, 31 Fifth Ave

Katikati Avocado Smash Competition

Check out the competing dishes at cafes in Katikati from 28 November–4 January.

PYO Blueberries

Fun for all the family and a great way to stock the freezer.
Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 8am to 6pm
Ohaupo Orchard, 397 Jary Road, Ohaupo
Ngatea Orchard, a short drive south on central road south off SH2.

Beekeeping Experiences

with Hunt & Gather Bee Co in Raglan
December 30, January 3, 5, 8, 13, 17, 20 & 22 from 9.30am


Katikati Avocado Festival

Enjoy live music whilst savouring excellent food and fine wine.
Saturday 9 January, 11am‒6pm
Early bird tickets $25, otherwise $27 at the gate on the day.
www.katikatiavofest.co.nz or at the Katikati Information Centre.

First we Eat


The first of its kind in Aotearoa, ‘First We Eat’ is a fresh, multi-sensory festival experience in the Bay of Plenty that combines NZ’s leading musicians and culinary-creations by celebrity chefs, where guests will get to dine, drink and dance all day long.

Saturday 30 January


A three-day celebration of gin kicking off with a six-course degustation menu on the Friday night. Enjoy meeting the makers, gin masterclasses, great sounds and food.
12–14 February

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

HGAF is one of Aotearoa’s largest regional arts festivals. This vibrant outdoor festival showcases an exciting collection of the region’s creative community and a curated selection of national touring shows, predominantly staged within the magical setting of the Hamilton Gardens.

20–28 February

Kitchen Takeover

Ready to go on another taste-tangling adventure? Kitchen Takeover – Atua Māori and the Taiao edition features celebrity chefs Karena and Kasey Bird.
25 February to 10 April

Tickets range from $155 to $195pp


The Great Pumpkin Carnival

Competitions to grow the biggest pumpkin, pumpkin carving, pumpkin races and pumpkin cooking competitions all combine for this fun family day out.
28 March
Hamilton Gardens – Rhododendron Lawn

Feast Waikato

Back in 2021 and bigger and better! Celebrating all things food in the Waikato, this 5-day culinary event is one not to be missed.
1–5 April


Tauranga Tasting Tours

Vilagrad Winery Sunday Lunch
17 January

The Brantry Taupo Sunday Lunch
14 February (Valentine’s Day)

Martinborough Winery Tour
18–21 March