Welcome to BoTCom's May newsletter, as winter starts to take a few icy jabs at us.
Here’s what you do: open the window and scream into the teeth of the southerly wind, ‘I will not be beaten by you winter – cold is my friend!’ Affirmations do work, you know.
In Spotlight, it’s timely to touch on some big changes on the surf ‘n snow retail scene, with the start of the ski season only weeks away. Backdoor Surf Snow Earth is the big newcomer at Mount Maunganui. We also have information on a new mobile kite surfing operation that’s up and flying.
Downtown Tauranga - New Glassons for Goddards
In downtown Tauranga, it’s confirmed that fashion retailer Glassons is moving into the Goddards Centre, aiming to be open the first week in July. Glassons says the site provides a strong opportunity to launch a new-look concept store in the growing fashion precinct of Tauranga. Meanwhile, the boutique clothing store Xhtce (Etch) has secured the Karen Walker clothing range, and Hammon Jewellers is stocking her jewellery line.
The cooler weather provides plenty excuse to warm up in some cheery new pubs and eateries downtown. A new ethnic addition to The Strand is Rosie O’Grady’s Irish Bar, right next door to Harbourside City Backpackers. This is as Irish as you’ll get in Tauranga short of a soak in a bath filled with Guiness. If you’re craving a wholesome burger, try a Wunder Burger next door to De Bier Haus, with choices like a Happy Hippy.
Just off The Strand in Wharf Street is the intriguingly different Orange Zephyr restaurant/bar/lounge. We can reveal the chef’s background even includes time spent in Jamie Oliver restaurants in London. You’ll find reviews on Rosie’s and Orange Zephyr in Spotlight.
Visit our new Accommodation pages, B&B, Homestays & More that provide independent travellers with more choices. We’ll be adding to this list as we come across more providers. If you or your relations have stayed somewhere great, please drop a line to editor@bestoftauranga. com and we’ll investigate.
Planning a mid winter break? Bear in mind that Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort has a ‘mid-winter escape’ on offer. Stay three or more nights and get the last night free. Phone 076-572 0816. Meanwhile, Harbour City Motor Inn in downtown Tauranga has just been given a 4-star plus Self Contained and Service Qualmark rating.
Broncos Sports is one of the city’s best sports stores, which describes itself a ‘hunting, shooting, fishing, and sporting spot,’ has launched a website: www.broncos.co.nz . You’ll find lots of information on gear and sportswear. If you want to browse the store itself, they are at 88 Willow Street, Tauranga.
A warm up is on the way for two families... two family passes for the Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools are going to Rob in Papamoa and Lorraine in Mount Maunganui. Congratulations!
Time to snuggle into the couch and read a good book? Paperplus Tauranga (formerly Take Note Tauranga) at 17 Grey Street has provided a voucher for this month’s prize draw. We’ll also be giving away two Best of Tauranga books.
Goodnight Nurse is a pop punk band from Auckland. Formed in 2001, the band has released three albums - Always and Never and Keep Me On Your Side which was released on April 7, 2008. They play at the Colosseum, 17 Harington Street, Tauranga, on June 6, at 8 pm. Tickets from Tracs Records in Devonport Road.
‘D-Day’ at Classic Flyers
Re-enactments of the famous WWII landing – near the MASH camp, outside the Tauranga Military Collection. Mock up battles will include a dogfight between a Messerschmitt ME 108 and North American Harvards. Joyrides will provided in classic aircraft and MASH and other choppers from Adventure Aviation. Entry to the event includes admission to both the aviation and military museums. D Day is on June 7.Cost: $25 family, $10 adults, $5 children & senior citizens.
Matariki is the traditional Maori New year, and the Maori name for a cluster of stars known as the Seven Sisters. A range of activities are on to mark the Maori new year, including the inaugural Matariki Exhibition, which runs from from 9am to 4.30pm weekdays, and 10am to 2pm Saturday, at Creative Tauranga community art gallery, 112 Willow Street, until June 14. Admission is free.
A Surrealist Odyssey
This exhibition features the work of former Tauranga-based artist Edward Bullmore. In the late 1950s, Bullmore taught art at Hillsdene and Tauranga Boys' College before leaving for Europe at the end of 1959, to begin an international art career. The exhibition runs from Sunday June 15, at Tauranga Art Gallery.
Tauranga Society of Artists Annual Exhibition
A great variety of art to appeal to all tastes, produced by members in the past year. Admission is free to the popular annual event. The exhibition is on at Baycourt Exhibition Hall, from Tuesday, 1 July to Friday, 1 August, from 9 am to 4 pm. Phone 5777188 or 0800 484 2538.
But is it Art....
Tauranga Art Gallery has made local history with the first installation art work on show...You must not miss this big, bold, imposing work in the atrium of the gallery – Big Red by Gaye Jurisich. This is art that is far more than a visual experience, you can interact with it! You can touch it, explore it...disappear inside it. Everyone from children to fusty old fossils have plunged into Red’s red streamers. It provides a ‘whole body experience’ says Gaye.