Events in September
to Sep 30

Events in September

Wednesday 11th – Saturday 28th September

The Sound of Music

One of the world's best-loved musicals, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will be on stage in Whakatane this September at The Little Theatre. Since the turn of the 21st century, the enduring magic of THE SOUND OF MUSIC has led to major productions around the world, giving testament to its title as “The World’s Most Popular Musical”. Get your tickets online at iTicket

Sunday 15th September

Whakatane Historical Society

The Whakatane Historical Society are hosting a 1970s luncheon, followed by entertainment in the form of Pechakucha - a Japanese form of storytelling. Bring a plate of something you would have taken as a "plate" in the 1970s for a shared lunch. Sunday 15 September 2019 at the Lyceum Club Rooms at 12.30 p.m.  Contact 07 3125116 if you car coming for numbers.

Thursday 26th September

Poker Night @ Mata Brewery

Starts at 6pm. It's free to come along and play. Rookies and experts all welcome, the team at Mata can teach people how to play if they don't know. It's Texas Holdem poker. There are tasting room vouchers for prizes for winners.

Friday 27th September

Loud Shirt Day

Wear your loudest shirt in support for deaf kids! Loud Shirt Day is an annual fundraiser dedicated to enabling children who are deaf, and have cochlear implants and hearing aids, to listen and speak through funding of free audiology and therapy services. 

Saturday 28th September

Kawerau Woodfest & National Woodskills Competition 2019

Around 12,000 people flock to Kawerau during WoodFest, and the event - New Zealand’s premier festival celebrating all things wood - gets better every year. This year is jam-packed with entertaining activities and demonstrations, including the annual National Woodskills Competition.

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Events in October
to Oct 31

Events in October

Saturday 3rd October

Ohope Market

A large regional market with a wide range of local arts, crafts, gifts, delicious artisan foods, plants and produce. 8:30am - 12:30am

Sunday 4th October

New World Club Triathlon & Duathlons

The New World Whakatane duathlons in winter and triathlons in summer are held on the first Sunday of every month. For athletes from seriously fit to social.
Low cost for visitors $3 kids, $5 adults, FREE for members.

The events are held on Harbour Road at Port Ohope opposite the Ohope golf club.
Kids race (2yr-10yrs) distances vary by age.
Enter before 9:40am start at 10am,

Short and long course options for adults.
Short course (for adults and kids 11yrs +) 200m swim, 8km bike, 2km run
Adults long course 350m swim, 12km bike, 2.5km run
Adults and kids 11yrs and older enter from 10:30 and start at 11am

Dog Party at Warren Park's Dog Park

Whakatane has a new Kuri (Dog) Club! All welcome (dogs and owners of any shape and size!) at Warren Park's Dog Park enclosure every Sunday at 2pm.

The playground at Bike Park is right there too - so bring the whole whanau down!

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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.

8th November

The BeeGees ‘Night Fever’

The BeeGees will be strutting into the Bay this November at the Little Theatre. Tickets are on sale at 1XX for $69 each.

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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