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Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival


This Event is over for 2020, watch this space for 2022 dates.

We celebrate the beauty and diversity of our region's gardens and the creativity of talented artists. Get ready to explore the wonderful Bay of Plenty and visit up to 70 beautiful gardens and meet more than 100 magnificent artists. Our next festival is on from Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd November 2020. Our artists will display their works throughout gardens and galleries located around Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty. You will also experience fascinating landscape gardens, exhibitors, live music and tasty food and beverages ........and the amazing Festival Gallery at our festival hub "Bloom in the Bay" in the Historic Village.

The Gardener

The NZ Garden & ArtFest Charitable Trust was formed in 2001 by a talented and forward-thinking group who were passionate about gardens, art and promoting the beautiful Bay of Plenty in a philanthropic way.

Our Mission Statement:  “Inspire a passion for gardening and art”

Gardening is indisputably an art form. A garden plot can be considered an individual piece of art with a tale to tell of inspirational urges and labours of love that culminate in sensory delight.

And so it is with the gardens we showcase on our Bay of Plenty trail. We would not have such an impressive garden festival without our participating gardeners’ gracious invitations to visit their private domains and view their creativity.

Other Facilities

Throughout the 2020 festival, we will have an exciting mix of local & national artists exhibiting or speaking on their chosen subjects.  The artists display a wide range of mediums such as sculpture, jewellery, ceramics and paintings with a myriad of inspirational content.  Come and discover these talented, sometimes colourful, characters over the four days of the festival.


  • Accommodation
    Situated on the official Garden & Art Trail - close to Tauranga shopping precinct and within an easy 9 minute drive to the Festival Hub Trinity Wharf Tauranga is the perfect festival accommodation option.
  • Price
    Online bookings coming soon. Two ticket types will be available for the 2020 festival. A one-day ticket will get you to all gardens on the trail FOR ONE DAY ONLY - you can choose that day, but once you are on the trail, this ticket will become invalid for any other day. A multi-day ticket will allow you to see all gardens on all days of the festival.
  • Plants/Sales
    Our artists will display their works throughout gardens and galleries located around Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.