Things to Do in Rotorua - October 2016

Tulips dominate the list of things to do in Rotorua in October with the Tulip Fest running for 9 days straight. I've got to admit, our city looks gorgeous with all the spring flowers. Over 100,000 of them are Tulips alone.

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It's time too for the second week of the school holidays, and Labour Weekend, the last public holiday before the stretch leading up to Christmas.

Featuring this month is the launch of a Farmers Market, Okere Store's Beerfest, annual Ekiden round the lake team relay and the first in the three part series of the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro downhill mountain biking events. It's shaping up to be a busy month.

Don't forget, there will be plenty of Rotorua Markets held throughout the month as well.

Discover things to do in Rotorua in October

Funtime Carnival

Date: Sat 24 Sep - Sun 2 Oct
At: Village Green, Lakefront
Time: 1pm

Take the family along for some fun at the Carnival. Includes the Giant Slide, Merry Go Round, Dodgems, Hurricane, Extreme Turbo Boost and much more. Eat hot dogs and candy floss, family favourites from way back. There's some exciting news to watch out for and a colouring competition in the local free paper.

Make, Create, Investigate - School Holiday Activities at Rotorua Library

Dates: Mon 26 Sep - Fri 7 Oct
At: 1238 Pukuatua St (new location)
Times: Various
Cost: Free admission

Check out the new location when taking the kiddies along for any of the free activities - Making a Memory, Library Spy Challenges, Minecraft Mania Torch Craft, Investigate: Volcano Frenzy, Investigate: Musical Instruments, Minecraft Mania Pumpkin Paper Weaving, Toitoi Editor Visitor and Kids Code Cracker.

Learn more: Rotorua Library Make Create Investigate

Dexter's Amazing African Adventure

Date: Daily from Wed 28 Sep to Sun 9 Oct
At: The Blue Baths, Queens Drive
Time: 10.30am-12pm
Prices: Show $10, Show & Swim $15, Show, Swim & Drama Workshop $40, Drama Workshop $30

Adults too can enjoy the return of Dexter who this time, is magically transported to Africa to stop a poacher in his tracks with the help of furry, and not so furry friends. Prepare to be wildly entertained.

Book Online at The Blue Baths: Dexter's Amazing African Adventure

Flip Out These School Holidays

Dates: Fri 23 Sep - Fri 7 Oct
At: Flip Out Trampoline Arena, 12 Ti St
Times: 9am-10pm
Cost: $15 (door sales only)

Trampolining seems to be THE thing to do lately. Anyone can do it so don't hold back. There's interlocking trampolines, slam dunks, wall runners, a huge foam pit and a gladiator battle beam (and I have no idea what some of those are). Toddlers have their own arena so parents can take full advantage of some R&R with a beverage.

See more: Flip Out Rotorua

Arts Village Tulip Fest Market

Date: Sat 1 Oct
At: Arts Village, Cnr Hinemoa & Hinemaru Sts
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: Free entry

Had to mention this here. Check out BOP wide locally made arts and crafts, lots of food and music. There will also be a tulip-fest themed kiddies art activity between 11am and 2pm.

Find out more: Arts Village

Cooking with Michael Van de Elzen

Date: Sat 1 Oct
At: Rotorua Bowling Club, Government Gardens, Hinemaru St
Time: 5-7.30pm
Cost: $48 Ph 07 348 4199 to book using credit or debit card

A favourite to many and straight from TV1 Kiwi Living, Michael is set to wow with a cooking demonstration. Cost of entry includes a glass of wine and nibbles (I'm not too sure if he's making those though). A cash bar is operating. Book quickly because the venue is small.

Saturday Night - DJ Shane Schwalger

Date: Sat1 Oct
At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St
Time: 9pm - late
Restrictions: R18
Price: Free admission

It's time to Party! DJ Shane will get everyone going at popular Ponsonby Rd.

Tulip Festival

Dates: Sat 1 - Sun 9 Oct
At: Te Runanga Tea House, Government Gardens
Time: 9am-5pm
Price: A mixture of free and paid

A raft of activities are due to take place during the 9 day Tulip Fest. Some are mentioned here but it would pay to visit the festival website for more in-depth details such as costs, if any, for the activities; and to get a downloadable map of the tulip beds around the inner city. The map also includes the names of the tulips in each bed. There are prizes to be won too.

Find out more >>

Rotorua Farmers Market Grand Opening

Date: Sun 2 Oct and every Sun after (until 11Dec at least)
At: City Focus, Cnr Hinemoa & Tutanekai Sts (in centre of town)
Time: 8am - 1pm
Cost: Free to attend

Finally, it's about time we had a 'real deal' Farmers Market. For the opening there will be a celebrity TV chef (a Roving Mike) who will be talking to the stall holders, and there's a cake baking competition to judge and a cooking demo.

Dutch Apple Cake Baking Competition

Date: Sun 2 Oct
At: City Focus Farmers Market, Cnr Hinemoa & Tutanekai Sts (in centre of town)
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: Free to attend

How's your baking? If you think you have what it takes, whisk up your Best Ever Dutch Apple Cake and get it on down to the Farmers Market by 10am to enter the competition. There's prizes!

Open Mic Night

Date: Every Tue to 6 Dec
At: Brew Craft Beer Pub, 1103 Tutanekai St
Time: 9pm
Cost: Free to attend

With all the gear provided you will hear some talented people performing at Brew Bar. And, if you've a mind to, get up yourself. Anyone can do it. You never know, it could be the start of something big. Oh, and Brew Bar has award-winning craft beers.

House of Horrors 2016 - Night Terrors

Date: Wed 5 - Sat 8 Oct
At: Rotorua Youth Centre, 6 Te Ngae Rd
Time: 7-11pm
Ages: All
Cost: $13 online or $15 at RYC

RYC's annual Horror event puts you into a maze, a scary, horrifying maze... and there will be scary characters... and grisly scenes. You've been warned. And don't come crying to me if you have nightmares afterwards. :)

Book online at Eventbrite: House of Horrors

Animates Rotorua - School Holiday Activities

Date: Thu 6 Oct
At: Animates, 124 Lake Rd
Time: 11am-12pm
Price: Free

Teaching kiddies how to be a nurturing pet parent is a great skill to impart, so why not let the experts do it? You might get yourself a new pet while you're at it.

See more on Eventfinder: Rotorua Animates School Holiday Activities

Ponsonby Rd Jazz Club - Ben Wilcock (Piano - Vocals)

Date: Thu 6 Oct
At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St (Eat Streat)
Time: 9pm
Cost: Free admission

He's performed in UK jazz clubs and hotels as a resident pianist, played with Latin and Blues bands and now teaches at the NZ School of Music. That small spiel doesn't cover the half of it. Pop along if you're into jazz.

Hollie Smith "Water or Gold" Acoustic Tour

Date: Fri 7 Oct
At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St
Time: 7-10pm
Restrictions: R18
Cost: $50

A complimentary glass of bubbles and Hollie Smith. With limited seating it will pay to book this event early on. Hollie is an icon in NZ if you don't know of her. Water or Gold is the name of her new No.1 album and this tour will showcase new material from the album in addition to some of her classics.

Buy tickets: Ph 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) or online at Eventfinda: Hollie Smith "Water or Gold" Acoustic Tour

Torpedo7 Spring Challenge North

Date: Fri 7 to Sun 9 Oct
At: Registration - From 3pm at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: Various timings
Restriction: R13
Price: From $585 - $1215 per 3 women team

All women's adventure race. 3 events - 3hr beginner, 6hr intermediate, or 9hrs advanced - that include hiking, mountain biking and rafting. Fun! The promise is, "just about everyone can do the Spring Challenge". So what are you waiting for?

Supporters have places to watch and support from - details given at registration time on the Friday.

Learn more & enter: Torpedo7 Spring Challenge

Blue Lake Canoe Sprint Regatta

Date: Sat 8 & Sun 9 Oct
At: Blue Lake (Tikitapu), Tarawera Rd
Time: 8am
Cost: $30-$90 Competitors, Spectators free

This is the first round of the national canoe sprint regattas. This popular sport includes all age groups from novices to Masters. The sprints will cover distances of 200m, 500m and 1000m right up to a 5000m race. A fun day out for the family.

Read more: Blue Lake Canoe Sprint Regatta

14th Podium Rotorua Ekiden - Team Marathon Relay

Date: Sat 8 Oct
At: Village Green Start/Finish (Lakefront)
Time: 8am First race starts
Cost: Various

Teams of 3-6 people make their way around the beautiful shores of Lake Rotorua in this fun event. Six segments are broken into distances of 5-8km. Get a group together, make it a family event, a work challenge. Look forward to making friends with 2,000 odd people.

Learn more: Ekiden Relay

Bi-Monthly Dutch Market

Date:  Sat 8 Oct
At: Dutch Club Bldg. Neil Hunt Park, turn left off Tarawera Rd (just past Outdoorsman Headquarters).
Time: 10am-2pm

Find yourself some delicious traditional Dutch specialties. If you haven't tried salted herrings, smoked eel, croquettes or Oliebollen you're missing out on a treat. Grab yourself a coffee while you're at it and find out more about the Dutch way of life.
NB: Cash only as there are no eft-pos facilities.

NZ Country Music Entertainer of The Year

Date: Sat 8 Oct
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 7-10pm
Cost: $40

NZ's top amateur country music entertainers compete for the prestigious title of NZ Country Music Entertainer of the Year Award.

Buy online at Ticketmaster: NZ Country Music Entertainer of The Year

Looking for Alaska - NZ Album Tour

Date: Sat 8 Oct
At: The Monarch - Princes Gate, 1057 Arawa St
Time: 7-11pm
Cost: $20

This 3yr singer-songwriting duo from Hamilton will perform songs from their debut album, released this month. With influences like The Civil Wars and The Decemberists, their unique sound is beginning to gain traction. Opening for bands such as Fly My Pretties and The Herbs, it looks set to be an interesting evening.

Buy Tickets: At Musicworks Rotorua, 1141 Pukuatua St or online at Eventbrite - Looking for Alaska

Children's Fishing

Dates: Sun 9 Oct
At: Fish & Game Grounds, 1130 Paradise Valley Rd
Time: 5 x hourly slots
Cost: $3 suggested donation (how cheap is that?)

Immerse your children, 6-14yrs, in learning how to cast and fly fish. Everything is provided and it's so much fun for the whole family. Sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and soft drinks make for a party atmosphere and dads can talk about the monster fish that got away. No, really! Catch 1 of 20 tagged trout to win a Kilwell rod and reel set. Put this on your annual list of things to do in Rotorua.

Bookings:  Children's Fishing

Mitre 10 Cup 2016: BOP Steamers v Manawatu

Date: Sun 9 Oct
At: Rotorua International Stadium, Devon St West
Time: 4.35pm
Cost: $5 - $95

Steamers fans will be wanting to get along to watch their favourite rugby team in action. The family might like to enjoy this as an evening outing too.

Book Tickets at Ticketmaster: BOP Steamers v Manawatu

The White Guitar

Date: Tue 11 Oct
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 8-9.30pm
Cost: $15-$55
Restricted: R13

This is a fascinating journey into the life of Scribe - well-known NZ singer-songwriter. The play tells the true story of his family, the Luafutus, from the grandmother's dream of a better life in NZ and from there, a young man's journey on the rocky road of hardship and loss by way of violence, drugs, addiction and prison - to possibility.

Buy Tickets: 0800 111 999 or at Ticketmaster: The White Guitar

Tony Chen Lin - Solo Piano

Date: Wed 12 Oct
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: $30 Door sales only

Pianist/composer, Tony Chen Lin moved to NZ with his family at the age of 6. Taking up music at 12, he has gone on to travel the world while studying under the best. He is described as a celebrated, dazzling young talent. Well worth seeing. In this concert, Tony will perform Bach, Bartok and Schubert in addition to his own composition, made especially for this tour.

State Highway 48

Date: Thu 13 Oct & Fri 14 Oct
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 7.30-10pm
Price: From $40

Ooo, navigating middle age can be perilous, yes? Let's see how this play pans out with Shane Cortese acting as Dave the dad, taking you on a journey sharing good and not so good days in a recession whilst having depression. He's from an everyday family, has friends and they're all into middle age.

See more at Eventfinda: State Highway 48

Giant 2W Gravity Enduro (1st in a series of 4 downhill mountain bike events - Oct, Dec, Feb, May)

Dates: Sat 15 Oct, Sat 10 Dec, Sat 11 Feb 2017, Sat 13 May 2017
Race 1 At:  Holiday Inn, Cnr Foude & Tryon Sts, Rotorua
Time: 9am-5pm
Race Entry Prices: From $84 - $124
Spectators: Free

The Whakarewarewa Forest sees downhill racing at it's best with this event for individuals, teams, serious racers and social ones too. Spectator or competitor, it doesn't matter, you'll have fun with the carnival atmosphere, delicious food and foaming beer available at the start/finish.

For the uninitiated, Enduro mountain bike racing has the competitors completing 6 stages, in any order, of downhill racing. In 6 hours!!! The riders can be shuttled back to the top for the next stage or bike back up. Apparently, it's all about strategising. They have to complete the stages and get back to the race HQ before the time runs out or risk incurring penalties.

Some huge prizes and spot prizes are up for grabs so it's every man, or woman, for themselves.

Learn more: Giant 2W Gravity Enduro

Rotorua UkeBox - Ukulele Jam & Open Mike Sessions

Date: Sun 16 Oct
At: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhat Dr, Government Gardens
Time: 3-4.30pm
Cost: Free

Pop along to the mezzanine level of the museum to enjoy free ukulele music. The local Thermaleles group get things going with a short session before everyone joins in with singing or playing.

See more: Rotorua UkeBox

Happy Hour At Okere Falls Beerfest

Date: Tue 18 Oct
At: Okere Falls Store, 759 SH33, Okere Falls
Time: 5-8pm
Cost: Free admission

Yum, the Happy Hour Special includes Schweinshaxe Pork Roast Dinner & German Bier for $20 from 7-8pm (limited numbers so book early). $10 return trip buses are laid on from the Library Store at 5.30pm, returning 10pm.

Tickets: Purchase at The Okere Falls Store, Library Cafe or by phone on 07 362 4944.

Pink Walk - Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust

Date: Wed 19 Oct
At: Soundshell & Village Green, Lakefront
Time: 4.30-7.30pm
Price: Adults $5 and Children $3

A fun-filled family event to raise money for the Trust. Everyone gets warmed up with Zumba before beginning the 3.4km walk that starts and finishes at the Village Green. Have spare cash on hand for the face-painters, cup cake stalls, raffles and food. Get dressed up too and you might win a prize.
Read more and book: Pink Walk or phone 021 251 4763

The Gruffalo

Date: Wed 19 Oct
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 11am-12.30pm OR 1.30-2.30pm
Price: $28
Ages: 3yrs to adults

Based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this theatre show is the story of Mouse who goes on a journey through a scary wood. She scares hungry animals away by telling stories about the terrifying Gruffalo - until she finds herself face to face with Gruffalo.

Book on Ticketmaster: The Gruffalo

2016 Okere Store Beerfest

Dates: Fri 21 Oct & Sat 22 Oct
At: 757a SH 33, Rotorua (near Okere Falls)
Prices: Different combinations that can include transport, a $20 Pork Schweinshaxe Dinner and entry fees

Instituted firmly into the Rotorua festival calendar, the Okere Falls Beerfest this year features groups like Joe's Van, Whitechapel Jak, Strangely Arousing Soul Satellites and more.

Read more: Okere Falls Beerfest schedule and ticketing info on Eventfinda.

Rotorua Police Welfare Charity Night & Auction

Date: Fri 21 Oct
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 5.30-11.30pm
Cost: $75 or $700 for a table of 10

Both silent and live auctions take place at this charity event to raise funds to support Rotorua Detective Steve Allpress (lovely guy) in his fight against brain cancer. Music is by Kelly Makiha, guest speaker is Michael Jones and your MC will be Rob Lemoto who fronts the TV programme Police 10/7.

Booking options: Rotorua Police Welfare Charity Night & Auction

Whaka 100

Date: Sat 22 Oct & Sun 23 Oct
At: Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Rd
Time: 10am-5pm & 7am-6pm
Cost: $45 - $270

Looking for the best 100kms of mountain bike single-track trail racing? You've found it. Individuals and teams compete for cash prizes, category wins, or mostly to achieve personal goals. If the 100km is to much, try the Whaka 50, or 25km races.

Find out more: Whaka 100

The 1st Rogue Stage Annual Ball

Date: Sat 22 Oct
At: Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St
Time: 7-11pm
Cost: $25 - $40

Ordinarily, the Rogue Stage puts on live music concerts and brings touring musicians to Rotorua, solo, duo or bands. To welcome back summer, electronic and DJ music is going to get this inaugural dance party going.

Book at Eventbrite: Rogue Stage Annual Ball

March of the Dirty Wizards 2016

Date: Sat 22 Oct
At: Crates n Cues Bar, 1237 Pukuatua St
Time: 9pm
Cost: $10 door sales
Restricted: R18

Wellington band Heathen Collective hosts this yearly tour featuring up and coming Hard Rock and Metal bands. This time around the band is joined by Winterborn and Electric Goat. Love the names.

Facebook page: March of the Dirty Wizards

Lake Tarawera Spring Fair

Date: Sun 23 Oct
At: Stoney Point Reserve, 151-153 Spencer Rd, Tarawera
Time: 9am-3pm
Price: Free entry

A great way to relax and just potter is a visit to the Lake Tarawera Spring Fair situated on the shores of Lake Tarawera. There will be arts, crafts, pottery, kids stalls, yummy food, diggers, canvas goods and lots more besides.

More on Facebook Page: Lake Tarawera Spring Fair

The Original Gypsy Fair

Date: Sat 29 & Sun 30 Oct
At: Village Green, Memorial Dr (Lakefront)
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Free admission

Look forward to fun and entertainment at the Gypsy Fair. There will be glass blowing, woodcraft, leather work, tattooing, hair braiding, soaps & oils for sale, jewellery & crystals, leadlight creations, segway rides, handmade clothing plus lots more. And live entertainment.

Rebel Round Up

Date: Sat 29 Oct & Sun 30 Oct
At: Arawa Park Racecourse, Fenton St
Time: 9am-4pm & 8am-3pm
Cost: Door sales only

This is going to be fun. If you want to step back into another era, head along to the racecourse for a fix of vintage, retro and rockabilly. Of course, classic cars and hot rods will be on show, then there's the pin up markets. On the Sunday is an Automotive Swap meet.

Enquiries: Ph 021 947 543 Brett

Haunted House Halloween Party

Date: Sat 29 Oct
At: Energy Events Centre, Queens Dr
Time: 6.30-11pm
Cost: $15-$25

The Pro Fresh Music Festival went off so well, these guys are back with another huge event. A PARTY! Music is by Hip Hop artists DJ Tone Def and DJ Sanka supported by Fly Diiqqiidy. Dig out your best Halloween gear and be in for a chance to win a prize.

Book at Ticketmaster: Haunted House

Led Lenser Night Trail Run

Date: Sat 29 Oct
At: The Redwoods, Cnr Tarawera & Long Mile Rds
Time: 8pm-10pm
Cost: Until 24 Oct $30 - Late entries $40

Headlamp? Check. Trail shoes? Check. Guess you're ready to take part in this 7.5km off road run/walk event at the Redwoods then.

It's uphill on forestry roads and tracks to where you will be treated to night views of Rotorua (hope the weather is good). Good music, food and hot coffee. Ah. Spot prizes too.

All the juicy details: Night Trail Run

The Frank Burkitt Band Dinner Show

Date: Sat 29 Oct
At: Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St
Time: 7-11pm
Cost: Show $40, Dinner & Show $89

Enjoy dinner while listening to The Frank Burkitt Band, of Wellington. Scottish-born Frank is a singer-songwriter so expect to hear that influence as well as American Roots. Princes Gate is an old-world venue bordering Government Gardens.

Book at Eventfinda: The Frank Burkitt Dinner Band & Show

Aria Finals Night

Date: Sun 30 Oct
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 7.30-10pm
Cost: $60

10 finalists compete to win prizes of 1st $20,000, 2nd $10,00 and 3rd $5,000 in this, New Zealand's largest classical singing competition. Each contestant will sing their chosen aria backed by the full Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in front of international judges. The guest artist will be Simon O'Neill, the recipient of scholarships to the Manhatten School of Music and the Julliard Opera Centre.

Book at Ticketmaster: NZ Aria Finals Night

Princes Gate Cabaret Dinner & Show

Date: Saturdays
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Time: 7pm-10pm
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 Dinner & Show

Rotorua Museum of Art & History Things to Do in October

At: Oruawhata Dr, Govt Gardens
Opening Hours:
     Dec - Feb 9am - 6pm
     Mar - Nov 9am - 5pm
Admission Cost: Adults $20, Seniors $18, Children $8. Locals free with id.

As well as exhibitions, the Rotorua Museum always has something of interest happening for everyone. Activities and fun learning is the common order of the day for children so you know what to do, keep an eye out.

Special Events

School Holiday Activity Trail: Sat 24 Sep-Sun 9 Oct
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Free with admission
Grab your activity trail sheet from the front counter for lots of fun around a Dutch inspired theme.

School Holiday Drop-in Crafts: Mon 26-Fri 39 Sep and Mon 3-Fri 7 Oct
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: Free with admission
All the family can join in the activities to make windmills and tulips.

Wine & Cheese with Rembrandt: Fri 28 Oct
Time: 6-7.30pm
Cost: $25pp (Tickets at reception)
It's Cheese Month! Take a personal tour of the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition after imbibing of Rotorua's Volcanic Hills wine and a range of Dutch cheeses. Delicious.

Visiting Exhibitions:
Rembrandt Remastered
: 57 digitally remastered works of Rembrandt. Expect the life size paintings to look as much as they did on leaving his workshop, about 400yrs ago.
Dates: On to Sun 20 Nov

Inner Worlds: The Art & Life of Walter Bakkenes: Paintings and sketches by this Dutch Immigrant showcase the consequences of war that carried on to shape his art practice. Includes pieces inspired by Rotorua's thermal activity, the natural world and a passion for music.
Dates: On to Sun 27 Nov

Cool and Collected: Some of the unique acquisitions and gifts collected by the museum over the past 5yrs. They're not all on display at all times so don't miss out on this opportunity.
Dates: 1 Oct - 20 Nov

Permanent Exhibitions (Included with admission):
Taking the Cure - The story behind the Bath House Building: Find out why and how this world famous building came into being by exploring from the deepest recesses of the basement, through the mid-section, then on up through the roof-space and out onto to the rooftop viewing platform - with a birds-eye view over Rotorua. You can't help but be wowed.

Tudor Towers Restaurant, Cabaret and Night Club: From 1966 when the Bath House closed until 1990, the Towers was the place for entertainment. In that time it saw fine dining, cultural shows, and cabaret. Ah, those were the days. For many locals, it's a good place to relive those times - and fashions.

Ake! Ake! The story of B Company Māori Battalion: Set up to honour the young Māori men who fought in Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy during World War II, there are many photos, objects, and stories to read about in this exhibition. Follow that up with the 30min documentary about these young men in the small theatre.

Ngā Pumanawa o Te Arawa (The Beating Hearts of Te Arawa): There are many stories told in this exhibition. About the Te Arawa people's journey to New Zealand, and the events that have taken place since that shaped the people, the area, the settlers that came later, right up to the present time. Irreplaceable taonga (treasures) are found within these walls too.

Visit website to see more: Rotorua Museum of Art & History - What's on.

Coming Up in November

Take your pick of outdoor adventures to take part in or to support - NZ Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs, Rotorua 1/2 Marathon, Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km Run & Walk (now incorporating the Tikitapu Trail Run).

For those not so inclined the Women's Lifestyle Expo will get underway and for pure entertainment you might like The International Māori Volcanics Showband or The ABBA Show at the end of the month.

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