Things to Do in Rotorua, February 2019



Looking for things to do in Rotorua for February 2019? It's Bike Month so look for community bike events the whole family can get involved in.

Rotorua Bike FestivalRotorua's tree of many bikes

Runners get a look-in with the gruelling Tarawera Ultra Marathon as do  numerous other events like the Classic & Wooden Boat Parade, Home & Garden Show, and the Summer Seafood Festival.

Public Holiday: Waitangi Day. It falls on Wednesday 6 February this year. Don't forget about Valentines Day on the 14th.

You can always head to one of the various Rotorua Markets sprinkled throughout the month. Dates for the Lakefront Craft Market in February are the 10th & 24th.



Things to Do in Rotorua this February Include...

Rotorua Museum Summer Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet

Dates: Daily Mon 7 Jan - Mon 11 Feb
At: Government Gardens, Queens Drive
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Free
Restrictions: All ages

With a choice of different activities such as finding out fun facts about the Government Gardens, making and/or learning about art, writing and more, kids will be able to explore central Rotorua while having fun at the same time. See more on the Rotorua Museum website where you can download the activity sheet, or drop into Rotorua Lakes Council, 1061 Haupapa Street, to pick one up.
Further info contact: rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz or phone 07 351 8055


Club Cabaret - Summer Show 2019

Dates: Feb 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Time: 8-10pm
At: The Blue Baths, Queens Drive, Government Gardens
Cost: General $45, Premium $55, Senior/Students $35, VIP Table (4 people, includes platter and bubbles) $260
Restrictions: All ages

Some of the hottest cabaret acts from around NZ will entertain you with magic, music and circus in a variety show that is bound to seduce. ;)
See more & book: Blue Baths Club Cabaret


The Great Cyclezone Scavenger Hunt

Date: 1-28 Feb
Run By: Sport BOP, 1189 Amohia St
Time: 8am - 8pm
Cost: Free
Age Restriction: Nil
Gear to Take: Bike, helmet and water

3km, that's all it takes to be in with the chance to win a $150 voucher for Cyclezone Rotorua. How? Download a map and cluesheet, then bike a 3km loop through Government Gardens and Sulphur Point, find the answer to 10 questions and that's it. Oh, and pop your answers in.
See more: The Great Cyclezone Scavenger Hunt - Sport BOP


Vincent Van GPS

Date: 1-28 Feb
Run By: Sport BOP, 1189 Amohia St
Time: 8am - 8pm
Cost: Free
Age Restriction: Nil
Gear to Take: Bike, helmet and water

Track a ride anywhere, from that create a work of art by drawing your journey using the Strava app. Map your ride then share from the app to laurena@sportbop.co.nz
See more: Vincent Van GPS - Sport BOP


Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival 2019

Date: Sat 2 Feb
At: Soundshell & Village Green, Memorial Dr 

Time: 12pm - 6pm

Cost: $38.88 - $141.88 (booking fees incl), U12yrs free

Seafood, wine, and music performed by Sons of Zion and local musicians. If it's a fine day this festival will be wonderful.
Buy Tickets on Eventfinda: Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival


Music at the Rotunda 2019 - Sunday Sessions

Dates: Sun 3, 10, 17, 24 Feb and 3, 10, 17 Mar | NB: 24 & 31 Mar are wet weather days in case previous shows were cancelled
At: Government Gardens, Queens Drive
Time: 1-3pm
Restrictions: Nil
Cost: Free

If it's a sunny afternoon grab a deck chair, blanket and picnic and relax whilst enjoying 2 different performances (each afternoon). You will be entertained by local musicians and groups with the sounds of country, jazz, ukelele, jazz, blues, show tunes and more.
See more: Creative Rotorua Music at the Rotunda


Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade

Date: Sat 4 Feb
At: Lake Rotoiti Okere Falls, SH 33
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Cost: Free

See up to seventy wooden kayaks, dinghies, steam powered boats, yachts and a lot more besides as they parade around the Okere Arm (out near Okere Falls) prior to moving off to Wairau Bay. Boat ages range from the 1890's up to recent times. Anyone with a wooden boat can enter.

Read more: Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Assn.


Opera in the Pa

Date: Wed 6 Feb (Public Holiday)
At: Rotorua Arts Village Green,
Time: 5:30pm
Cost: Lawn $40, Seated $60 - plus fees

Fans of Sol3 Mio will enjoy seeing Moses Mackay, Pene Pati and Amita Pati - singing solo by the looks of it. Other acts include Joel Amosa, and Kararaina Walker. The acts will be accompanied by pianist of note Ludwig Traviranus, and Elisha Hulton as both performer and musical director for this evening.

Future Rotorua stars, Hohaia MacFarlane and Anahera Waiariki have been give the opportunity to step up and showcase their talents.

See more and book: Opera in the Pa


Swim the Lakes Series - Kiwanis Lake Rotoma Swim

Date: Wed 6 Feb (Public Holiday)
At: Lake Rotoma, SH30 heading towards Whakatane
Time: 8:30am - finishes around 1:30pm
Cost: $10-$40

An annual event held every Waitangi weekend, it has 20 swim events with distances of 100m for the littlies up to 6km for the not so little. All that's required is a good level of fitness, meaning anyone can have a go. Lake Rotoma is a popular area for holidaymakers. For a caffeine fix, a cafe is attached to the local garage. Prizes!

See more: Rotorua Swim the Lakes on Facebook


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Dates: 7, 8 , 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 Feb
Showtimes 7:30-9:30pm and 2-4 or 4:30pm
At: Rotorua Little Theatre, 8 Amohau St
Restrictions: All ages
Cost: $10.25 - $29.15

Of fairies and love. It's a tangled (comical) web that's woven between four betwitched would be, could be lovers. Throw some jealousy into the mix and you're in for a fun time.

See more & buy Tickets on Eventfinda: A Midsummer Night's Dream


Rotorua Chinese New Year Festival

Date: Thu 7 Feb
At: Rotorua Night Market, Cnr Tutanekai/Hinemoa Sts
Time: 5-9pm
Cost: Free
Age Restriction: Nil

Taking place right alongside the Night Market, join in the Chinese New Year festivities. Sample the food, take in the culture, dance, crafts plus more.

Learn more on Eventfinda: Chinese New Year Festival


Ministocks in Paradise - NZ Dirt Track Racing

Date: Fri 8 & Sat 9 Feb
At: Paradise Valley Raceway, 105 Paradise Valley Rd
Time: 6-10pm
Cost: Adult $15, Child $5, Family $30 Purchase at gate

The 12-16yr olds will be bringing the entertainment and around 180 entrants will zoom in from all over NZ to compete for the unofficial NZ Youth Ministock Drivers title.

See more: Paradise Valley Raceway


Tarawera UltraMarathon - 20, 50, 102 and 160km

Date: Sat 9 Feb
Starts At: Government Gardens, Queens Drive
Start Time: 4am
Cost: $120-$810 for participants. Spectators free.

Only New Zealand's most prestigious ultramarathon. Just sayin'. The participants take in 7 lakes, forests, spectacular waterfalls and stunning scenery. Details of spectator points are on the marathon website (the runners are going to need all the support they can get).

Find out more at: Tarawera Ultra


Valentine's Day Dinner | Rydges Hotel

Date: 14 Feb
At: Rydges Hotel, 272 Fenton St
Time: 6-9pm
Cost: $65pp
Restrictions: All ages

Look forward to spoiling your significant other with a romantic 3-course dinner, at Rydges Atrium Restaurant. And you both get a free glass of bubbly. Make sure to book as seats will be snapped up quickly.
Email: Reservations_rotorua@evt.com or Phone: 07 349 0099


Valentine's Night at Prince's Gate Hotel

Date: Thu 14 Feb
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Time: 6:30-10pm
Price: $89pp

Live music to wine and dine at this dinner by candlelight special evening. The food's undeniably tasty too. Look forward to a 5-course menu and complimentary bubbles on arrival and tea/coffee to finish.

Bookings: Princes Gate Events & Specials


Rotorua Home & Garden Show

Date: Fri 15-Sun 17 Feb
At: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: Adults $6, Seniors (Fri only) $3, U16 free with adults

A lot of exhibitors come together with trends and innovations to help inspire you. The you can set about making your home your favourite place to be. Home decor, plants and products for the garden, furniture etc. Get tips and advice from the professionals. Refreshments will be available. Activities will be available for both adults and kids, and great prizes too.

Book online at Eventfinda or Door Sales: Rotorua Home & Garden Show


Bomb Comp

Dates & Times: 14-17 Feb

  • Thu 14 Feb Casual bombing 2-8pm
  • Fri 15 Feb Casual bombing 12-6pm
  • Sat 16 Feb Float Concert (Float ticket required)
  • Sun 17 Feb Casual bombing 10am-12pm | Comp begins 12:30pm

At: Blue (Tikitapu) Lake
Cost: Free to watch, or Enter Bomb Comp to have unlimited access to the tower across the event (excluding Float concert), or pay $5 for 5 bombs
Restriction: 4yrs+

New Zealanders take Bombing seriously. Seriously! It's so much fun and what's more, prizes are up for grabs. Judging is based on height of splash, style, and originality. If you just want to splash around and enjoy the atmosphere that's fine too.
See more: NZ Bomb Comp


ZM'S Float

Date: Sat 16 Feb
At: Blue (Tikitapu) Lake
Times: 10am-6pm
Cost:$65

Float on at NZ's only floating festival. The lineup includes Mitch James, Drax Project, Sachi, Jupiter Project, Balu Brigada, Kings, JessB, Theia, Noise by Sally, Mountain Boy, Foley Music and Stan Walker as a special guest. So, 2 stages, floaties, and bombing off NZ Bomb Comp's tower. (Alcohol free)
See more at ZM: ZM'S Float 2019


Kiwanis Teddy Bear Picnic

Date: Sat 16 Feb  

At: Kuirau Park, Cnr Ranolf St & Lake Rd

Time: 11am - 1pm

Cost: Gold coin donation to register teddy
Restrictions: All ages

Take a picnic or enjoy the BBQ and cold drinks available at the Teddy Bears Picnic. A bouncy castle and train rides, story teller and games will be happening. $2 gives the teddy bear gives the child an opportunity to win a category  and spot prizes. Woo hoo. Make sure your bear/child is dressed in their party best.
Inclement weather alternative date is 23 Feb


The Bubble Show

Date: Tue 19 Feb
At: Rotorua Little Theatre, 8 Amohau St
Times: 4-5pm and 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: Adult $17, Child $10

Mr Bubbles makes bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, giant bubbles, bouncy bubbles and even fire bubbles. Take the children along to see this unique show that blends storytelling, magic and bubble-art.

Buy Tickets Eventfinder: The Bubble Show


Rotorua Stockcar Club Night

Date: Fri 22 Feb
At: Paradise Valley Raceway, 105 Paradise Valley Rd
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Adult $15, Child $5, Family $30 Purchase at gate

It's club night and all classes. Rot Reg Ministocks only. Head along for a fun family night out.

See more: Paradise Valley Raceway


Art in The Park 2019

Date: Sun 24 Feb
At: Government Gardens, Queens Drive
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: Free admission

It's the annual outdoor arts market showcasing regional art and craft to both see and purchase. Kids will likely love the free kids art activity. Look forward to demonstrations, and live local music.


Blue Baths - The Big Dine Out @ Terrace Kitchen

Date: Wed 27 Feb
At: The Blue Baths, Queens Dr
Time: From 6pm
Cost: $140pp

Delight your tastebuds with a 5-course flavour-filled meal. It will be enhanced with Palliser Estate wines... and the inside info from the wine experts.

See more: Blue Baths Bookings


Princes Gate Dining & Accommodation Events

Dates & Times: Various
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)

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 or Accommodation events and specials.

Bookings: Princes Gate Events & Specials



Coming in March
- An influx of people from around the world will be here for Crankworx (more bikes) as well as for the Rotorua Walking Festival. That makes for a change of pace. The Lakeside Concert is another popular event locals and out-of-towners like to attend. And, if you want to get your dancing shoes on the Aotearoa Cuban Festival will tick the boxes.



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