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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
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.
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.
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)sequoiaeatery.co.nz
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
Exhibitions: 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
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.
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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