Events in July
to Aug 1

Events in July

Wednesday 24th

Winter Pit Stop

Get you “TWIRL” (Tyre’s, Windscreen, Indicators, Rust, Lights) checked in time for the winter months. FREE! In Opotiki

Saturday 27th July


Do you have an old car or boat battery lying around? The 35 Squadron Whakatane Air Training Corps will come and collect it as part of their Fundraising Battery Drive on 27 July 2019. All funds raised will go towards their flying camp held at Whakatane Airport. For more information text 027 209 9699.

Sunday 28th July

Mid Winter Swim 

Love your budgie smugglers!

It doesn’t matter whether you wear boardies, bikinis or something outrageous, the One Double X Mid-Winter Swim will get your goosies going. There are great prizes including five hundred dollars’ worth of New World Whakatane Gift Cards, with prizes for best dressed, spot prizes, and you’ll get a hot cup of soup to warm up AND you get to keep the cup! Your gold coin entry goes to St John and the Nippers Programme. The One Double X Mid-Winter Swim, at the Whakatane Surf Club 11am Sunday July 28th with New World Whakatane - registrations from 10am.

Monday 29th July

Film night - Apollo 11

50 years ago, on 21 July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface.  To commemorate this significant event, we are hosting a fund-raising event at Whakamax.  Experience man';s first steps on another world with this documentary.  "Apollo 11" is a cinematic event 50 years in the making.  Featuring never-before seen large format film footage of one of humanity's greatest accomplishments.

At Whakamax on Monday 29 July 2019 at 5.30 p.m.  Tickets available from The Good Life store.  

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Events in August
to Aug 31

Events in August

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th

Ohope International Golf Club Left Handers Mixed Open

A National Association of Left Handed Golfers event. The Ohope Lefthanders Tournament Competition is held  over two days 3 & 4 August 2019 (36 holes).

Mens and Ladies Lefties and partners.

Start 10:30am to 11:00am Saturday and 9:00 am Sunday.

Entry $50.00. Prizes awarded for best Gross - Nett - Stableford - Includes Twos

Entry to Ohope Golf Club, P.O Box 3037 Ohope, Phone 07 312 4486.

Sunday 4th

PCA Eastern Bay Body Building Event

The Physical Culture Association (PCA) are proud to hold the Eastern Bay Body Building event in Whakatane on 4 August 2019 at the Wakatane Memorial Hall in the Little Theatre. Tickets for the show and registration for the show can be found at under PCA International shows- PCA Eastern Bay (Whakatane).

For more information on this event visit the website, email - or call - 027 3003030. 

Sunday 10th – 11th August

Beacon Business and Leisure Show 2019

The Beacon Business and Leisure Show will take place 10 & 11 August 2019, creating opportunities for local businesses to prosper within the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Please note the 2019 Opening times:

Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

The Business & Leisure Show is FREE ENTRY to the public. 

Wednesday 14th

Loss, Grief and Healing Seminar with Sue

Loss, Grief and Healing Seminar with Sue Nicholson takes place 14 August 2019 in Whakatane. Then, take a leap of faith and join me on this opportunity of a lifetime to rejoice in the power of healing your life.

You will also receive Sue’s signature bag, a journal and a pen on arrival.

For more information and to buy tickets visit the Eventfinda website.

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Events in November
to Nov 30

Events in November

Saturday 2nd

Kawerau King of the Mountain 2019

 Early Bird Rate ends 31st August 2019.

This is a gruelling 8km race to the summit of Putauaki – 852 metres above sea level. Some athletes will complete this within an unbelievable 60 minutes.

Saturday 2nd November 2019
Entries limited to 200 competitors
Minimum age 14 on race day


School Relays – 9.00 am
Prince & Princess Race – 11.00 am
Main Race – Noon
Prize Giving 3.30 pm

Enter online at the Kawerau King of the Mountain website here.

Sunday 24th November

Julians Berry Farm and Cafe Tois Challenge 2019

One of Whakatāne's iconic annual events this is a multi-terrain run or walk of an 18km loop on the beautiful coastal Nga Tapuwae o Toi track, organised by the Whakatane Athletic and Harrier Club. For more information head to their facebook page or their website:

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Events in June
to Jun 30

Events in June

Friday 28th

A-OK NZ's national CUP Day

Come along to the Wera Aotearoa Charitable Trust - Whakatane from 3PM onwards to celebrate A-OK NZ's national CUP day!

A day for our people to come together and talk about mental wellbeing and how we can empower our people through uplifting conversations!

Free entry.

For more information phone 027 521 7070.

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2:30 PM14:30

Copy of Events in April

Saturday 6th April

Whakatane Kiwi Trust Bush Bash

The Whakatāne Kiwi Trust is proud to present the Bush Bash Charity Auction Fundraiser from 7pm on Saturday 06 April 2019 at the Ōhope Christian Camp.  This will be a hoot of an evening, with live music - So dust off those old dancing shoes! A tasty supper of antipasto platters, hot and cold savories, and sweet treats is included in the ticket price and a cash bar will be available for guests to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Sisters of Swing

Remember Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Oh Johnnie, and In The Mood..? Sisters of Swing takes you on a journey back to the war era, to experience the music of the Andrews Sisters and the songs that made them famous. Tickets are $25 each from The Good Life on The Strand Whakatāne - get them early!

Sunday 7th April

2019 Underwood & Wilkins Charity Trail Ride

Round 1: Charity, Taneatua Squash Club, Sisams Farm, Fosters Road, Taneatua.
From Rotorua, go to Awakeri, then right into White Pine Bush Road (SH2) towards Taneatua, Come to Road / Rail bridge then turn right into Fosters Road follow arrows to site.
From Tauranga, come over the Whakatane bridge towards town, turn right at Firestation and follow road out towards Taneatua, turn right into White Pine Bush Road by the Squash Club, when you come over road / rail bridge turn left into Fosters road, follow arrows to site. Check out the Facebook page for more info or on

Friday 12th April

Sue Nicholson - Earth, Life & Beyond

The Star of the new Sensing Murder Series Sue Nicholson presents her Sensational new live show Earth, Life & Beyond in Whakatane. Sue's abilities have been seen on TVNZ's 'Sensing Murder', the 'Good Morning' show and 20/20. Her incredible gift helps to create a communication link between those who have passed over to the spirit world and the living. Through this interaction, she is able to deliver messages to loved ones and help them reach a sense of peace. Get your tickets HERE.

Saturday 13th April

Robinsons Law Monty's Revenge Multi Sport Race

The Robinson Law Monty’s Revenge is coming back. This fantastic multi sport event has a brand new course set in beautiful bush, the prestigious Ohope Beach, stunning farmland and the Whakatane River that winds you back to our start/finish line. For more info check out their website.

Thursday 25th April

ANZAC Day - Dawn Parade Service & Ceremony Whakatane 2019

Form up at Whakatane Fishing Club at 5.30am, march to Wairaka Marae for the 5.45am service.Civic Service service begins at 10am - Whakatane War Memorial hall in Short Street. We Will Remember Them....

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3:00 AM03:00

Kids Gone Fishin

Kids! get your fishing gear ready and head along to the Whakatane Wharf for a fun morning of fishing at the Iceman fishing competition. lots of spot prizes to be won. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Entry is free!

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11:00 AM11:00

Island View Ukelele Festival

Ōpōtiki’s second Ukulele Festival will be based at the Island View Holiday Park.  Three Australian groups will be coming over the ditch.  The programme will include a Māori welcome and hangi, a variety of workshops, open mic, organic playing wherever, possibly a street party, plenty of swims and a Grand Concert on Saturday night.  Further information will be uploaded over the next few months to

For any accommodation enquiries visit

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10:00 AM10:00

Whakatane Seafood Festival

The Whakatane Seafood Festival is on Jan 19th at the Heads Whakatane, There will be a great line up of live entertainment through out the day and of course there will be plenty of seafood!

100% of the profits made at this event will be donated to the Whakatane Coast Guard.

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3:30 PM15:30

Opotiki Lantern Festival

Princess Street Reserve

The Ōpōtiki Lantern Festival has become a must do summer event for the whole family. Featuring acts such as Stan Walker and Ardijah

Adults $10, 4 - 14 year olds $5, 5 years and under free. Make sure to get your tickets via

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The Beacon Business and Leisure Show
to Aug 20

The Beacon Business and Leisure Show

The Beacon Business and Leisure show- Where you’ll find Inspiration and lots of conversation - to help you shop Local! The Beacon Business and Leisure show at the War Memorial Centre, Whakatane, 17th till the 19th of August. Just for visiting youll go in the draw to win a trip for 2 to Melboune thanks to Helloworld Whakatane.  Head to for more information

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Film Industries Pathway Roadshow
11:00 AM11:00

Film Industries Pathway Roadshow

To help connect local people with upcoming film career opportunities, Bay of Plenty Film will be delivering a series of free Film Industry Pathways workshops bay wide, targeted at anyone interested in working in the film industry, to help them develop their career paths in the wider film industry. 7-9pm at Whakatāne Information Centre.


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Big Bike Film Night
10:30 AM10:30

Big Bike Film Night

Lights, Cameras, BIKES! Don't miss The Big Bike Film Night on 13 August 2018 at Whakamax.

We're riding into town and showcasing our 2018 collection of short movies with everything a cycling centric audience craves- action, drama, plenty of humour and loads of inspiration- in a word it's undeniably Bike-alicious! Tickets are $25 Adults from the website or door sales ON THE NIGHT (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY). All profits from this screening go to the Bike Whakatane Trust

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