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Things to Do in Rotorua, February 2017
Looking for things to do in Rotorua for February 2017? Well, I'll tell you now, the city will be over-run with bikes of all shapes and sizes. That's because the 10 day Bike Festival is back with even more events (21 at last count) and it's getting even more family-friendly by the moment. Don't you love it?
Rotorua's tree of many bikes
Runners get a look-in with the gruelling Tarawera Ultra Marathon as do numerous other events like the 20th Lakeside Concert, Classic & Wooden Boat Parade, BayTrust Rescue Helicopter Open Day, Home & Garden Show, A Gypsy Extravaganza etc.
Rotorua Markets: Waitangi Holiday Weekend falls on the 6th and 7th Feb which means the Lakefront Craft Market is open both days.
If you're visiting that weekend make sure your accommodation is sorted. I'd hate for you to be sleeping kerbside.
Things to Do in Rotorua this February Include...
The Calum Dundas Trio
Date: Thu 2 Feb At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St Time: 8pm Cost: Free entry
First time appearing in Rotorua, look forward to listening to some jazz guitar from Calum supported by Sam MacKenzie on drums and Wynton Newman playing bass.
In the Shadows - Dine & Discover
Dates: Thu, Fri Sat weekly until Sat 25 Feb At: Rainbow Springs, Fairy Springs Road Time: 6 - 10.30pm Cost: Adult $89, Child $45, Family 2 adults & 2 children $250.00 & extra children at $20 each
the whole family together for an awesome evening out. Food, fireside
storytelling and all the fun creepy, crawly, slithering things, and
kiwis. Must book.
Date: Fri 3 Feb At: Rotorua Citizens Club, 1146 Rangiuru St Time: 7.30 - 11.50pm Cost: Free entry Age Restriction: R18
Winners of the 2010 New Zealand Country Duo/Group of the year, this extremely talented duo comprised of Ashley Cooper (a NZ Idol finalist), and Michael Tipping a singer-songwriter, have racked up some impressive credentials. They've worked with Lady Antebellum, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, and appeared in Nashville.
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.
Date: Every Sat morning until 1 Jul At: Puarenga Park, Te Ngae Rd, Owhata Time: 8-9am Cost: Free (register first time)
A time 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: www.parkrun.co.nz/puarenga
Summer Cup MTB Series (2nd of 3)
Date: Sun 5 Feb At: Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Rd Time: 9am Cost to enter: From $30 - $60
at Long Mile Rd, this section of the series includes a short course
(10-15km) for those new to MTB or just wanting a challenge, medium
(20-30km) with harder trails, and long (30-45km) with up-hills.
Date: Sun 5 Feb At: Arawa Park Racecourse, next to Rydges at 272 Fenton St Time: 6-9pm Cost: Adults $15 (door sales only)
Hosted by the Rotorua Jazz Club, this quartet will play a range of jazz tunes from the oldie but goodie "All of Me", up to and including modern items like "The Next Step". The band showcases Calum Dundas, Frank Talbot, Wynton Newman and of course Sam MacKenzie. There's hot meals and drinks available too.
Swim the Lakes Series - Lake Rotoma Kiwanis Open Water Swim (No. 2 of 4)
Date: Mon 6 Feb (Public Holiday) At: Lake Rotoma, SH30 heading towards Whakatane Time: 9am - finishes after 2pm Cost: $10-$40
An annual event held every Waitangi weekend, it has 20 swim events with distances of 100m for the littlies up to 15km 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!
Date: Tue 7 Feb At: Rotorua Baptist Church, 100 Malfroy Rd Time: 11am - 1pm Lunch: Included Cost: Individual $31, 30+ group $30 each, 10+ group $31 each
Violinist Jess, and Paul on piano, are joined by Sue, John and Bonnie to celebrate the waltz. If Strauss, Lehar, Romberg and Andre Rieu are you, get in quick. There's also an opportunity to purchase a season pass for upcoming concerts.
Date: Fri 10 Feb At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St Time: 7.30-9.30pm Cost: $45-$75
Second time around since November. From losing several members of the
International Māori Showband family recently, this Last Stand Tour came about. It involves reuniting all remaining members of the '60s
& 70s' Māori Showbands, spread around the world, for a series of 4
North Island only shows. Also features members of The Māori Hi Fives,
The Quin Tikis and The Castaways.
Blue Baths Comedy Club - BBQ & Beers on The Balconies
Date: Fri 10 Feb At: The Blue Baths, Queens Dr Time: 8-10.30pm Cost: $20-$35
It's a fab lineup for the first comedy show of 2017. Justine Smith will be the MC, (2 wins as Best MC at NZ Comedy Awards) and Vaughan King is the headline act, another award winning comedian. A must see apparently. He will be supported by James Roque and Cori Gonzalez, both rising stars in their own right.
Burgers and hot dogs will be available from the BBQ before the show.
Dates: Fri 10 - Sun 19 Feb The Rotorua Bike Festival has amped it up in 2017 with 12 new events added to create a jam-packed 25 event calendar. Over 10 days!!!
The Events Listed by Date
Sport BOP Go By Bike Day: Fri 10 at 7-9am Getting the festival off to a great start is this event that has everyone and anyone biking to work, school or just playing around. Stop off at any/all of the 6 pitstops to pick up a spot prize and refreshments plus go into the draw to win one of three $100 vouchers. Contact Lauren on 07 348 4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Agroventures Freestyle AirBag BIG AIR Comp Heats 1 & 2: Fri 10 Feb at Rotorua Village Green 3.30pm Registration, 4.30pm Practice jumps, 6-8pm Jump Categories: 8-12yrs mixed, 13-16yrs male, 13-16yrs female, 17yrs+ male, 17yrs+ female Ever seen those bike riders who perform aerial tricks? Well now's your chance. Agroventures have got the AirBag to cushion any stuff ups so what are you waiting for? And what better way to do it than in front of a crowd. Spectators are free.
Giant 2W Gravity Enduro - Race 3:
Sat 11 at Blue Lake/Whakarewarewa Forest 9am-5pm Third in the series of 4 one day downhill mountain bike races, spread out over the
months of October, December, February and May, getting harder every day.
Competitors have 6hrs to complete four or six races per day. Best time overall
each day wins. Tons of prizes for giveaway's, spot prizes and
performance-based prizes. Ride individually or socially. Limited
Sport Bay of Plenty Family Fun Ride:
Sat 11 at The Redwoods, Cnr Tarawera & Long Mile Rds. 9-30am - 11.30am Aimed at beginners, recreational riders and families, the Mokopuna track will be fun. Dress up theme this year is 'fairies, wizards and all things magical'. Couldn't happen in a more magical place. Spot prizes and
Ride & Reflect - A meditative biking event Sat 11th at 8 Mile Gate, cnr 8 Mile & Hill Rds. 2-4pm Make a gold coin donation and cruise along forest tracks getting into the zen(ness) of this corner of the world. Expect some meditative readings too. Easy Grade 2 trails.
The Big Bike Film Night:
Sat 11th at The Blue Baths, Govt Gardens. Time: 7-10pm, Cost: From $20 Short movies from around the world with action, drama, and even romance
(the bike kind). Croucher Brewing beer available to buy.
Ride the Race Course Family Fun Day: Sun 12 at Fenton St (by Rydges Hotel) 10am - 2pm Not for the faint-hearted is a bike ride at Arawa Park Racecourse - usually the terrain of horses. It'll be rough. There's also a short course for the littlies, face painting, bouncy castles, truck rides, more entertainment and food.
Cyclezone Tour of the Valleys: Sun 12 at Bluff Sports Club, 155 Waikaukay Rd. 10am - 2pm All ages can take part in this fun road ride. Make it as hard or as easy as you want. Quiet roads, wind in your face, and just 43 or 86km to the finish line, depending on the option you choose.
Frocks on Bikes:
Sun 12 at Band Rotunda in Government Gardens 10am-12pm Always a popular event involving frocks and bikes, this leisurely ride
is for all ages and abilities.
BMX Bike Festival Club Meeting: Sun 12 at BMX Track on Te Ngae Rd. 11am-3pm This event is open to affiliated BMX riders. Spectators are most welcome.
Photography Workshops: Sun Feb 12 and 18th at venue TBC, $75 Mead Norton, one of New Zealand's best sports photographers will teach you how to take great action shots.
The Big Bike Film Night - Cycle Chic: Mon 13 at Blue Baths, 7.30 - 9.30pm Tickets from $20 This evening's short films are all about women and the bikes they love to ride. It's going to be great.
Low Key Super D Tue 14 at Nursery Hill Gate on Long Mile Rd. 6-9pm A
single timed downhill run. Apparently a good intro to 'enduro". This
will be fun for the family. Yes, the family, and the dog if you want.
Frocks on Bikes Fashion Show: Valentine's Special Tue 14 at Eat Streat (Lake end of Tutanekai St. Free. The models in this fashion show have created their own vintage inspired outfits with the main accessory being, wait for it, a bike. Of course!
16 inch World Dual Slalom Champs Wed 15 at the end of Long Mile Rd. 5-7:30pm Small wheels they say, big action they say. This all takes place at Dodzy Memorial Skills Park.
Dipper Dash Thu 16 at Dipper Trail, Whakarewarewa Forest. 6-8pm Not
satisfied with the children, now they've got to drag women in. This is
the event where you get to (hopefully) fall in love with mountain biking
too. What a dastardly plan. I love it already.
Agroventures Freestyle AirBag BIG AIR Comp - Heat 3, Finals Fri 17 at Agroventures Adventure Park, 1335 Paradise Valley Rd at 6-8pm The biggest aerial trick takes the prize. Scary!
Stars, Spokes & Tent Poles Fri 17 - Sat 18 at Redwoods to Playnes Farm, Lake Okareka Sleepover! Grab your PJ's, a tent, food and a hot drink for the morning. Leave from the Redwoods for a bike ride out to your destination. Ah, family bonding time. 5pm - 11am
The Happy Ewe Hot Lakes Ride:
Sat 18 at I-Site, cnr Fenton & Arawa Sts, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm These guys are experts at taking visitors on leisurely bike ride tours. Learn about the culture, history and geothermal.
Rotorua8 Sat 18 at Rotorua MTB Carpark 12.30-8.30pm A 10km course for everyone at a time when the forest is settling down for the night. Age and ability no problem.
Ride the Runway - 3 Events:
Sat 18 at Rotorua Airport 5-8pm, Free entry Recreation biking
wise, biking on Rotorua Airport's runway goes down a
treat with families in the Ride the Runway event. You only have to see
the tiny-tots taking part to
know this. First up though is the Elimination Race "Devil Take The
Hindmost" where one person is dropped each lap until only one is left.
The evening finishes off with the Open Speed Session. That will be fun
to watch. There's lots of other fun things to have a try of too, and
music, and food.
MTB Adventure Quest Sun 19 at Waipa Mountain Bike Carpark. 2.30-4.30pm A navigation-based adventure suitable for everyone.
The Great Electric Bike Challenge: Sun 19 at Government Gardens, 10am-2pm Hire
an electric bike, register and you're off following the clues to then
return with objects and information. If correct, you'll be in with the
chance to win.
Cycling Rotorua Hill Climb Fun Challenge: Sun 19 at Bottom of Mountain Rd, Western Heights. 12-2pm, $5 per rider. Everyone can take part in this hill climb. And what a hill it is.
Date: Thu 9 Feb & Thu 9 & 23 Mar At: Neil Hunt Park, Tarawera Rd Time: 5.45pm registration, 6.15pm run/walk Cost: Adults $5, Accompanied Children $3
Whether local or from out of town, you can easily make friends or catch up with old ones at this casual drop-in event. It's a run, jog or walk 3km or 5km through Sulphur Flats. Mind the trout flies though. Ha, I just realised the reason for the name. A work-around I found is to have your cap brim low over your face, kind of shading your mouth. There's nothing worse than having one land at the back of your throat. Enjoy a free drink later on and BBQ sausages.
Date: Sat 11 Feb At: The Redwoods, Cnr Tarawera & Long Mile Rds Start Time: 6am Cost: $260-$400 for participants.
Only New Zealand's most prestigious
ultra marathon. Just sayin'. From Rotorua to
Kawerau the participants will cover 102km or for those building up to that type of distance, 87 or 62km. Details of spectator points are on the marathon website (the runners are going to need all the support they can get).
Date: Fri 17-Sun 19 Feb At: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive Time: 10am - 5pm Cost: Adults $5, Seniors (Fri only) $3, U16 free with adults
A lot of exhibitors come together with trends and innovations to make the best of your home. Home decor, plants and products for the garden, furniture etc. Get tips and advice from the professionals. Refreshments will be available.
The Extravaganza (Gypsy Fair)
Date: Sat 18 & Sun 19 Feb At: Soundshell and Village Green Time: 9am - 5pm Cost: General Admission Free - Reserved seating $35
Look forward to fun and entertainment at the Gypsy Fair featuring sack races, tug of wars, musical bean bags and prizes. There's woodcraft, leather work, tattooing, hair braiding, soaps
& oils for sale, jewellery & crystals, lead light creations, handmade clothing plus lots more. And live entertainment including K2 the Power.
NZ Ocean Swim Series - Legend of the Lake
Date: Sat 18 Feb At: Blue Lake Time: 10am-3.00pm Cost: From $25 - $79.50
This event is the latest addition to the NZ Ocean Swim Seven Event Series calendar - except it's at a lake. This one has a range of distances that accommodate all ages from 8ys and up, and all abilities. Distances start at 200m for kiddies up to 3.5km for adults.
Date: Sat 18 Feb At: Kuirau Park, Cnr Ranolf St & Lake Rd Time: 11am - 1.30pm Cost: Nil
Take a picnic or enjoy the sausage sizzle, cake stalls and cold drinks available at the Teddy Bears Picnic. A bouncy castle, face painter and lots of other entertainment will be happening. $2 gives the teddy bear and child a certificate and the opportunity to win a spot prize. Woo hoo. Make sure your bear/child is dressed in their party best.
Art in The Park 2017
Date: Sun 19 Feb At: Government Gardens, Queens Drive Time: 10am - 4pm Cost: Free admission
An outdoor showcase of regional art and craft. There will be demonstrations, live local music at the rotunda and onsite catering from Steiner Kindergartens as part of their annual fundraising. Free admission. Government Gardens Queens Dr More info: Rotorua Arts Village
Tour De Science - A Science Storytelling Show
Date: Fri 24 Feb At: Te Runanga Te House, Queens Dr Time: 6.30 - 7.30pm Cost: Adults $10, Seniors, children, students $5
You've heard of Tour de France, well David Klein bikes into town with his Tour de Science Show. In it he shares his journey of discovery about the world we live and helps us to learn more about it using storytelling. Think atoms and cells, evolution, stars and more of what's out there.
Date: Sun 26 Feb At: Rainbow Springs, Fairy Springs Rd Time: 6.30 - 10pm Cost: $75 General admission
This six-piece Wellington band is well regarded with 6 albums under their belt. They have performed at the Glastonbury Festival and toured in Australia, USA and Europe. Doors open at 5.30pm with food and drinks available for purchase.
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.
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