Discover Things to Do in Rotorua, August 2016

Things To Do In Rotorua for August 2016 include the long-running musical Evita, the Winter MTB Series and the OBOP Rogaine Series

Te Runanga Tearooms is another lovely old building located in the Government Gardens (Not operating as a tearoom now though).See the Te Runanga Tearooms in the Government Gardens

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 >>

Things to Do in Rotorua this August


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

Brendon Thomas and the Vibes - Wrap You in The Sun Tour

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!

Sons of Zion: Hungover Tour

Date: Fri 5 Aug
At: Lava Bar, 1286 Arawa St
Time: 8pm -12am
Restrictions: R18
Cost: $25

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 >>

Tapas Night & Music - Morepork & Wise

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
Email: info(a)

Friday Night - Krissie Knap

Date: Fri 5 Aug
At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St
Time: 9pm
Cost: Admission is free
Restricted: R18

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.

Rotorua Record Fai

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.

Auckland Jazz Orchestra

Date: Sun 7 Aug
At: Arawa Park Racecourse, Fenton St
Time: 5-8pm
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?

Winter MTB Series 2016

Date: Sun 7 Aug and Sun 4 Sep
At: Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Rd
Time: 9am
Cost to enter: From $30 - $60

Based 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

OBOP Rogaine Series - 3rd of 3

Date: Sun 17 Jul
At: Tui Ridge Park, 260 Anderson Rd
Time: 10.45am
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

Tribute to the Rat Pack

Date: Tue 19 Jul
At: Rotorua Baptist Church, 100 Malfroy Rd
Time: 11am - 1pm
Lunch: Included
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

Rotorua Museum of Art & History Things to Do in July

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
Muka Youth Prints: Sun 28 Aug
5-18yr olds only - no adults
Hours: 11am - 4.30pm
Cost: Included with admission to Museum
Exhibition of lithograph sketches from some of New
Zealand's best artists, also features international artists. Without adults, children get to form their own opinions about art which also helps them to develop an awareness of art.

National Poetry Day: Fri Aug 26
Little Shoppe of Poems - Rhythm and Thymes
Time: 7-9.30pm
Listen to poetry and music by local artists from Rotorua and Taupo. You can also get up to recite your own favourite piece if you like - scary. Make an evening of it and enjoy nibbles and beverages (available to buy).

Sunlight - Ihi Kōmaru
: An interactive exhibition that answers intriguing questions you might have had. Like, what does the sun sound like? Do you know? Fun for all ages.
Dates: On to Sun 14 Aug

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

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 Cabaret Dinner & Show

Coming Up in September

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.

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