Do fun stuff – spotlight on clubs in the Bay of Plenty


Waka-Ama – The Tauranga Moana Outrigger Canoe Club (TMOCC)

Keen to get out on the water? Waka-Ama paddling is a great way to keep fit, have fun and socialise. You can be as competitive as you want, with club organised events happening throughout the country, or just enjoy social paddling. Never tried it before? No worries – if you can walk around the Mount, then you’ll find our introductory sessions easy.

A waka is a canoe with an ama (outrigger) on one side to help balance. Waka range in size from 6-seaters (12 meters long), down to double and single seat canoes. We welcome members of all ages from aged 7 and up – our oldest members are over 70 – and men’s, women’s and mixed divisions are available.

Seats are limited so bookings are essential. We supply canoes, life jackets, paddles and an instructor. Sessions take place in Tauranga Harbour and usually last around 45-60mins. You’ll get wet, but we guarantee a fun time! Cost: $35. Find our shed at Sulphur Point, across the road from the boat ramp carpark.

Further info:

Tauranga Moana Outrigger Canoe Club (TMOCC)

Kath Mildon, 021 135 7732 (or text)


West Coast Swing – Embrace Dancing

Want to dance but don’t have a partner? Put on your dancing shoes (flats are fine) and get along to Friday nights in Tauranga at West Coast Swing. WCS is a smoother, sexier version of swing styles and is danced to any kind of moderate tempo contemporary music.

Absolute beginners are very welcome and every Friday night kicks off with four starter moves – within an hour you’ll be dancing real West Coast Swing. Bring a partner along or come by yourself. At all our classes we all learn by dancing with everyone. Embrace life through dancing!

Dance social events and workshops take place regularly throughout the year in Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland, and if you want to get serious, there are plenty of competitions around the country to aim for.

Come along Fridays, 7pm at the Elizabeth St Community Centre in Tauranga. Cost: Two classes and freestyle dancing: $10 or $8 for students. Your first night is FREE!

Further info:

Embrace Dancing

Vero Saccone, 021 191 1601


Tramping – Kaimai Ramblers Tramping Group

 For those who love nature and the outdoors, tramping is a fun way to keep fit and see great sights.

For over fifteen years the Kaimai Ramblers Tramping Club has welcomed women and men to enjoy the many kilometres of tramping tracks in the Kaimai Ranges and beyond. Our group includes mostly older adults, but we welcome younger trampers to join in and lower our average age!

Every Wednesday we put in a full day, which starts with members driving in from all parts of the Bay (plus Matamata) to where we meet and carpool to the start of the walk. Our walks often take us to places with spectacular views of the Bay and the Waikato, plus areas of historical significance, such as the Waitawheta and Waiorongomai Valleys or to see great views from the high tops.

Conversation is always lively and on our way home we have a well-deserved hot drink and a slice at our favourite cafes. New members are always welcome.

Further info:

Kaimai Ramblers Tramping Group

Sandy Stewart, 027 294 9519 or Sandy Walker, 021 954 637

Art – Tauranga Society of Artists

A wide range of sessions in various media are on offer at the Tauranga Society of Artists – pastels,  drawing, outdoor painting, portraiture, pen and wash, oil painting, acrylics and still and life drawing.

It’s a busy club with nearly 200 members and there are plenty of opportunities for new or experienced artists to get together and grow in confidence and skills.

The group operates five days a week from February to December and you can enjoy a variety of events including Society outings, competitions, interactive sessions, critiques, tutorials, guest speakers, exhibitions, help sessions and social days. New members are welcome, no matter what level of painting you’re at, and if it’s advice and tips you’re after, they’re happy to share. Easels are provided but you’ll need to bring your own materials.

The Art Rooms are located in the area known as ‘Artsville’ – 171A Elizabeth Street, Tauranga.

Further info:

Tauranga Society of Artists