Calendar Your Things to Do in Rotorua, April 2019 - Being updated

Things to do in Rotorua, April 2019 - The month begins with the inaugural Rotorua Fringe Festival, and the popular Radix XTERRA Festival.

View from the Trigg over Waipa and Whakarewarewa Forest, RotoruaView from the Trigg over Waipa and Whakarewarewa Forest. Tracks are scattered throughout the pictured area including the hills, and that's not the half of it.

Daylight Saving ends on the 7th and we'll be plunged into the hellish grip of winter. Slight exaggeration Karen. :)  You don't say. Sorry, don't mind me.

Anyway, school holidays come in half-way through the month so hopefully mum and dad are already on to it! The Arts Village will have creative activities on the go for the kids and there will be lots of other school holiday activities. You've got some public holidays too with Good Friday on the 19th, Easter Monday on the 22nd and Anzac Day falling on Thursday the 25th.

Rotorua Markets: Catch the Night Market every Thursday evening at 5pm, the Flea Market every Saturday morning, the Farmers Market every Sunday morning and the Lakefront Craft Market takes place on the 7th, 20th and 21st this month.

Things to Do in Rotorua this April Include...

Rotorua Fringe Festival

Dates: Sat 6-Sat 13 Apr
At: Various venues
Cost: From free to $21.97
Restrictions: At some events

Take your pick from a lineup of 11 (including family friendly, others decidedly not for little ears) events to attend at the inaugural Rotorua Fringe Festival.

Features theatre performances and a circus at various locations around town.

One of the shows, the free Big Little Circus, a 3-piece group described as funny, brave and truly entertaining, will perform aerial acrobatics, juggling and a lot more besides right in the heart of the city at Te Manawa (old City Focus). A must see for the family?

Other Festival Shows include:
Rauru: The concepts of family, identity and loss are explored through the story of Ruby, Ata, and their ailing grandmother, as family secrets are laid bare while preparing for a tangi.

Play On: A live script reading of NZ plays that are unrehearsed and unpredictable.

Weave: A one-woman verbatim theatre (taking transcripts of real interviews word for word) show, Kate McGill weaves together stories of 20 New Zealanders about what it's like being a Kiwi.

Deacon: It'll be an interesting hour with vampire Deacon of "What We Do in the Shadows" fame.

Ki Tua o Tahararangi: Listen to the entertaining Kingi Areta Richard Biddle tell Rotorua legends and share his reflections of everyday life.

See all the events and book at Eventbrite: Rotorua Fringe Festival

Puarenga Park Run

Date: Every Sat morning
At: Puarenga Park, Te Ngae Rd, Owhata
Time: 8-9am
Cost: Free (register first time)

A timed 5km run in and out of the geothermal landscape. Fast, slow, makes no difference. Take the kids along too. Have fun and make friends.
See more:

Radix Nutrition XTerra Rotorua Festival

Date: Sat 6 Apr
At: Blue Lake (Tikitapu)
Event Start Times: From 8am-11.30am
Cost: From $38 - $168

Without a doubt, the biggest EXTERRA event... worldwide. Nine events take place at Blue Lake (Tikitapu) and the surrounding Whakarewarewa Forest. Social or competitive, you can choose between a 5.5, 11 or 21km run/walk, a 26km mountain bike race, or a duathlon comprising an 11km trail run and 26km mountain bike.

Individuals and teams can take part in short or long course tri events. Short is a 500m swim, 12km MTB and 5.5km run. Long course is 1km swim, 26km MTB and an 11km run.

See more and enter: Radix Nutrition XTERRA

The Great Rotorua Museum Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Sat 13 - Sun 28 Apr
At: Government Gardens, Queens Dr
Time: Any
Cost: Free

The Easter Egg Hunt is on! Take your young egg-detective to pick up a clue sheet, find all the Easter letters and solve the mystery word. Once that's done, he/she can enter the draw to win an Easter prize pack.
See more: Rotorua Museum Easter Egg Hunt

April School Holiday Craft Activities

Dates: Sat 13 - Sun 28 Apr
Time: 9am-5pm
At: Children's Art House, Government Gardens, Queens Drive
Cost: Free

Take the kiddies along to have some Easter inspired fun with crafts and colouring in sheets. Your host: Rotorua Museum. Take part in the Great Rotorua Museum Easter Egg Hunt at the same time.
See more: Rotorua Museum Crafts

The Messy Magic Adventure

Mon 15-Thu 18 Apr
Sat 20-Sun 21 Apr
Tue 23-Sat 27 Apr
At: The Blue Baths, Queens Dr., Government Gardens
Time: 10:30am-11:15am
Cost: Individuals from $15-$22 | Groups from $10-$17

"Hey kids, we're off to see a show where Spray and Wipe (2 cleaners) are going to clean a house." If you said that I bet they'd head for the hills. But then you let out the fact that it's a magician's house, and they accidentally happen to let the magic out of its box, and everything is turned topsy-turvy. Hmm, intriguing. And, the audience must help to get the magic boxed up again before the magician comes home. Sounds like a must see.
See more: Blue Baths - The Messy Magic Adventure

Animates Rotorua - School Holiday Activities

Dates: Tue 16 Apr
At: Animates, 124 Lake Rd
Time: 11-11:40am
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Most children love animals so should thoroughly enjoy learning about rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice.  Just turn up on the day but do get there early to grab a park.

Matt Schofield Golf Holiday Programme

Dates: Tue 16 - Thu 18 Apr
At: Rotorua Golf Club, 399 Fenton St
Time: 8:30am-1pm
Cost: $99 for the 3 days - door sales only
Ages: 7-17yrs

If you have a young golfer in the family this could be just the ticket. Matt Schofield is a NZPGA Trainee. Over the 3 days he will cover off short game, long game, course play, rules, etiquette, and have fun besides.

Sue Nicholson - Earth, Life & Beyond

Dates: Wed 17 Apr
At: Rydges Hotel, 272 Fenton St
Time: 7-10pm
Cost: $69.57 (fees inclusive)
Ages: R13 | 13-18yr must be accompanied by an adult

Well known from the series Sensing Murder, Sue Nicholson is here with a new show. With an uncanny ability to connect with spirit Sue will have many opportunities to enable contact with your loved ones. She will also be taking the audience on an exploration of our spiritual journey to this planet we call home.
Buy tickets at Eventfinda: Earth, Life & Beyond

Rotorua Field of Remembrance

Date: Wed 17 Apr - Wed 1 May
At: Cenotaph, Government Gardens
Time: Consecration 5pm on the 20th
Cost: Free

A field of named crosses, representing local soldiers who died during World War One, 1914 - 1918, will be set up to mark the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops.
See more: Rotorua Museum Field of Remembrance

Hickey Contractors Ltd Easter Extravaganza

Date: Sat 20 & Sun 21 Apr
At: Paradise Valley Raceway, 105 Paradise Valley Rd
Time: 5-9pm
Cost: From $10.25-$59.38

Competitors from all over NZ racing Superstocks, Stockcars, Modifieds, Saloons, Streetstocks, Production Saloons and Ministocks make for two exciting evenings of full-on action. There's plenty of hot food available and you can even take your own.

Buy tickets at Eventfinda: Paradise Valley Raceway

Matt Schofield Golf Holiday Programme

Dates: Tue 23, Thu 24 & Fri 26 Apr
At: Rotorua Golf Club, 399 Fenton St
Time: 8:30am-1pm
Cost: $99 for the 3 days - door sales only
Ages: 7-17yrs

If you have a young golfer in the family this could be just the ticket. Matt Schofield is a NZPGA Trainee. Over the 3 days he will cover off short game, long game, course play, rules, etiquette, and have fun besides.

ANZAC Parade & Civic Memorial Service

Date: Thu 25 Apr
At: Southern Trust Sportsdrome, Queens Drive, Government Gardens
Time: 8:45am - 10:30am
Cost: Free

Feel free to take some time out to reflect and remember those who served their country, and to those who lost their lives in that same service. Find out more details and the order of service: ANZAC Day Parade

The Dawn Service takes place at 5:45am at Ohinemutu. Find more out about the ANZAC Dawn Service

500 Mile Walking Tour of How I Met My Father

Dates: Sat 27 Apr
At: Rotorua Little Theatre, 8 Amohau St
Time: 8-10pm
Cost: $23 (fees Incl)
Ages: All ages licensed

Rhian Wood-Hill knew just a few things about his father growing up: He was a criminal, charming, good looking, and Samoan. Being raised in Temuka, Rhian didn't have many reference points to his Samoan identity, and his life experience suggests he lacks most of his father's other qualities.

Join Rhian in an honest, hilarious account that balances comedy and drama, wild anecdotes and down-to-earth moments.

The 500 miles comes in where he walks to each gig of this tour (a retouring). Sounds intriguing.
Buy tickets at Eventfinda: How I Met My Father

Princes Gate Events

At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Times, Dates & Costs vary

The place to go in Rotorua for live 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 Events

Coming Up in May

Look forward to the 55th Rotorua Marathon, celebrations around NZ Music Month, Ultimate Frisbee Competition, and the Rotorua Arts & Community Expo.

Check out what else is on



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