Tauranga Graduations


The ceremonies take place at Holy Trinity Church, Tauranga.


Please don’t park on the grass around the church as these areas are regularly ticketed by Council.

There's limited parking at the venue, but parking buildings are within walking distance in Elizabeth and Durham Streets (parking is marked in the map above), and metered and free car parks are available on the surrounding streets. Note that the parking buildings close at 6.30pm. See Tauranga City Council's website for more information about parking in the city.

Entry and Seating

Entry is by ticket only and seating is on a 'first come, first served' basis. Usually the mezzanine level is open in addition to the main auditorium. Guests and graduates enter through different doors.

Food and drinks (apart from water bottles) are prohibited in the auditorium.

Young Children

You're very welcome to bring your children to the ceremony. Children over 5 years old who need a seat of their own will need a ticket. There is very limited space for strollers so please try not to bring these unless necessary and please don't leave them in the aisles as they become a hazard in case of fire.

A small soundproof parents’ room is located in the back of the auditorium where you’ll be able to observe and hear the ceremony while your children can play.

Disabled Guests

There are designated areas on the main level of the auditorium for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.

Please contact us to arrange special access and seating.

Schedule of Events

2 hours before ceremony start Gowns are available for pickup if required
Registration starts for graduates
30min before ceremony start Graduates and guests are admitted to the auditorium
10min before ceremony start Last chance to register for graduates

Every student and guest needs a ticket for entry to the ceremony. Students, please make sure you’ve RSVP’d and have ordered all your tickets.

The ceremonies last no longer than 2 hours each and once they start we ask that you remain seated until the end. Please join us afterwards in the foyer for light refreshments. Ambient Photography is available for portraits or family photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

To help you get ready we’ve put together some frequently asked questions for you:

Information for family and friends

Accommodation in Tauranga

Affordable family accommodation is available for a one or two night stay during graduation week and can be booked online through websites like BookaBach, Holiday Houses or AirBnB.


A professional photographer will take an image of each graduating student on stage, and there'll be opportunities for individual portraits, family and class photographs before and after the ceremony. There'll be a studio in the foyer of the Holy Trinity complex.

Please visit http://www.ambientphotography.co.nz to view and purchase. Photos are normally up within a day or two. You can also buy photos from previous Tauranga graduation ceremonies.

You are welcome to take your own photos and videos.

Our Tauranga Graduates