Things To Do In Rotorua for August 2016 include the long-running musical Evita, the Winter MTB Series and the OBOP Rogaine Series
Rotorua Markets: Pop along to the local Flea Market at Kuirau Park every Saturday morning, rain or shine. This months dates for the Lakefront Craft Market are Sun 7 and 21 August and don't forget the Night Market each Thurs evening. Rotorua Markets >>
Dates: To Sat 13 Aug
At: Rotorua Civic Theatre, Sir Howard Morrison Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 8-10.30pm (apart from Sundays when it is matinees only at 2-4pm)
Cost: From $25-$45. Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $116
Rotorua Musical Theatre presents Evita, the musical event of the year. Eva Peron, Argentina's First Lady, lived a short but remarkable life. Born out of wedlock, she was driven to become someone. Attracted to the bright lights, she pursued a career on stage, in film and radio. Later she married Juan Peron, destined to become Argentina's President in 1946. During his presidency, Eva spoke out on labour rights, founded the Eva Peron Foundation, stood up for women's suffrage and founded and ran the first female political party. In 1952 she was given a state funeral upon her death at 33 from cervical cancer.
Evita is the story of her life and includes songs such as Don't Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night Of A Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and more.
See more at Eventfinder: Evita
Dates: Thu 4 Aug
At: Pig & Whistle Historic Pub
Address: 1182 Tutanekai St
Time: 9 -11.45pm
Cost: $10 Door admissions
I'm guessing the Pig & Whistle will be standing room only for this show. If you're a fan of the 60's Psychedelic Blues Rock, Alternative and Soul, prepare to be tele-ported back in time with these fun guys. They love what they do and it'll be interesting to see what the new album has in store for us. Fun all the way!
Date: Fri 5 Aug
At: Lava Bar, 1286 Arawa St
Time: 8pm -12am
Easy listening rock, dub, R&B and Reggae band, Sons of Zion, begin a nationwide tour right here in Rotorua. Loved by many in NZ, the band has also gained international prominence since forming in 2007. They'll be off on a tour in the US soon so better catch them now.
Book on Ticketspace: Sons of Zion >>
Date: Fri 5 Aug
At: Sequoia Eatery, 10 Tarawera Rd
Time: 4.30 - 11pm
Cost: Free admission
Enjoy tapas, our very own Volcanic Hills Winery wine & Croucher Craft Beer - or a cocktail of the night, accompanied by live bossa-nova-jazz music from Morepork & Wise who begin at 6pm. Last event saw a full house so better book now.
Ph: 07 345 9227
Date: Fri 5 Aug
At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St
Cost: Admission is free
A lovely local personality, Krissie Knap is a born entertainer. She was so popular at her Ponsonby Rd debut they've had to bring her back again and I'm betting she will become a regular feature there. Might pay to get in early.
Date: Sat 6 Aug
At: The Arts Village, Cnr Hinemoa & Hinemaru Sts
Time: 11.55am - 3pm
Cost: $2 at the door
Hmm, records. This will be a blast from the past if you're into the old vinyl. Spanning the 1950s - 80's, probably outside of that too; traders, dealers and collectors will gather to ohh and ahh over rock 'n' roll, soul, funk, folk, jazz and more. The hunt is on. There's a $10 early bird admission from 11am for anyone wanting score first.
Date: Sun 7 Aug
At: Arawa Park Racecourse, Fenton St
Cost: $15 Door sales only
Joined by singer Caitlin Smith, the 17 piece Auckland Jazz Orchestra takes over the Rotorua Jazz Club. The band likes to promote local music and describe band jazz as "a powerful art form, muscular and hard swinging, sometimes bluesy and boisterous, but also capable of lush harmonies and evocative beauty...". Sounds sexy doesn't it?
Date: Sun 7 Aug and Sun 4 Sep
At: Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Rd
Cost to enter: From $30 - $60
at Waipa mountain bike car park, this series includes a short course
(12-20km) for those new to MTB or just wanting a challenge, medium
(25-35km) with harder trails, and long (35-50km) with up-hills.
See more: Nduro MTB Series
Date: Sun 17 Jul
At: Tui Ridge Park, 260 Anderson Rd
Cost: Adults $5, Accompanied Children $3
Grab a friend, your family, anyone in fact, and take part in this fun, challenging event. Rogaine is cross country navigation on foot where you visit as many checkpoints as possible within a given time limit. Experienced orienteers will be available to help with coaching before and after. It's not a race situation.
Find out more at Eventfinder: OBOP Rogaine
Date: Tue 19 Jul
At: Rotorua Baptist Church, 100 Malfroy Rd
Time: 11am - 1pm
Cost: Individual $28, 30+ group $28 each, 10+ group $29 each
Who hasn't heard of the Rat Pack? Comprised of crooner actors Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior, these guys were famous solo entertainers in their day. (Today's musical version would be the likes of Michael Buble.) On teaming up, they became famous once again for the various antics, a la the 'Rat Pack' term.
Today's concert pays tribute with New Zealand's own Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Rutene Spooner and Robert Enari performing the allotted parts - complete with songs, comedy and antics.
Book online: Operatunity Entertainment
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Price: Dinner, Show & Accommodation is $350 for 2 people. Dinner & Show is $178 for 2.
The place to go in Rotorua for live cabaret entertainment. Can feature Broadway, Opera, Las Vegas and more, designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes. The food's undeniably tasty too. Look for the Dinner, Show & Accommodation specials.
Bookings: Princes Gate Cabaret Dinner & Show
Enough of winter, it's time to amp up the action. September sees the first week of the school holidays at the end of the month with enough activities to keep any youngster busy. As well, Tiki Āhua - A Fashion, Art, Music & Dance Extravaganza will be entertaining.