Discover Things to Do in Rotorua, July 2016

Things To Do In Rotorua for July 2016 - School holidays kick in mid-month and various organisations plan around this. The Museum always has great activities for the kiddies. A planned Colour the Night event with art, music and food will be fun for the public in general too. What about a Rogaine, or two? Don't know what that is? Find out further down.

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: Follow the preceding link to find out more about each market. Every Saturday morning you can check out the local Flea Market at Kuirau Park. This months dates for the Lakefront Craft Market are Sun 3, 17 and 31 July and the Arts Village Market takes place on 10 July.

Things to Do in Rotorua this July Include...

Rhapsody Rotorua - NZ's Student Music Festival

Dates: Thu 30 Jun & Fri 1 Jul
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 7.30pm-10pm
Cost: Free admission

Showcasing hundreds of Australian and New Zealand students who, building on personal musical talents, join together to put on a fabulous show. The concerts feature choirs, string orchestras, and concert bands playing all genres.

The Prophet Motive - Super Narcoman Tour 2016

Date: Sat 2 Jul
At: The Side Pocket Bar, 1129 Hinemoa St
Time: 9pm-12am
Restrictions: R18
Cost: $10 Door sales only

If you're a fan of folk-rock-punk, soul punk funk alt, and Hip Hop, this will suit you down to the ground. Prophet Motive are on tour promoting the new 'Atlas Shrugged', album. They are joined by Super Narcoman with new E.P 'Dank Mammoth' and the show also features D Rad MC and special guests Craig Hutchby and Juan Los Bastados. (Aside: This type of music is outside my realm of understanding. Hope the ones in the know understand it.)

Find out more: Prophet Motive Facebook Page

OBOP Rogaine Series - 2nd of 3

Date: Sun 3 Jul
At: Ngahewa 20167 SH5, Waimangu
Time: 10.45am
Cost: From $0-$30

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

Colour the Night - Art, Music & Food

Date: Thu 14 Jul
At: The Blue Baths, Queens Dr, Govt. Gardens
Time: 5.30-9pm
Cost: Admission is free

The Rotorua Museum, Blue Baths, Night Market, Arts Village, Art Space and the Rotorua Children's Art House will open their doors to the general public for a cross-promoted arts night out celebrating Rotorua's rich variety of culture.

Each organisation, or group, will showcase what they are up to and enable the public to view central Rotorua through an artistic lens. Things to see and things to try.

See more: Colour the Night on Facebook

Rotorua Daily Post Home & Leisure Show

Date: Fri 15 to Sun 17 Jul
At: Energy Events Centre, Queens Dr
Time: Fri & Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Cost: Adults $5, U12yrs $0

It's always fun finding out what the latest home trends are, or to gather ideas for upcoming projects around the home. At the rate advances are accelerating, you might even find the perfect tool you didn't know existed - until you visit the Home & Leisure Show. Products, demos and seminars

Learn more: Home & Garden Show

Slam Rock 2016

Date: Sat 16 Jul
At: Southern Trust Sportsdrome, Queens Dr
Time: 6-9pm
Cost: Adult $15, Child U14yrs $7, Family (2 adults, 2 kids) $40

It's time again. The 3rd annual Slam Rock event rolls into town. Rotorua's Sulphur City Steam Rollers A-team, Motley Crew, will take on the Taranaki Roller Corps in what's bound to be a bruising roller derby event (battle really). Think 'rugby on skates'.

Prizes for Best Dressed Adult & Child Rock Stars and for Best Supporter Signs. Half-time entertainment includes the Slam Rock Air Guitar Competition - you could win a real guitar!

Stay up to date: Sulphur City Steam Rollers on Facebook
To buy tickets before they sell out: Ph 07 928 4500

Rotorua Vintage & Veteran Car Club Swap Meet and Car Show

Date: Sun 7 Jul
At: Paradise Valley Raceway, 105 Paradise Valley Rd
Time: 7am-3pm
Cost: Adult $5 Children Free
Door sales only

Lovers of vintage, veteran, classic cars and hot rods will be liking this event. There's also memorabilia, old car books and toys, model cars, trains and anything else you can think of that's collectible or antique. Catch up with old buddies or make new friends, have a drink and a bite to eat as you discuss the best finds.

See more: Swap Meet Facebook page

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
Te Reo Poetry and Music: Sun 3 Jul
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start
Cost: $30 adults, $12 students. Tickets from The Rogue Stage, Museum reception and Music Works.
Local bilingual performers, including singer/songwriter Huia Hamon, come together as part of Celebrating Māori Language week. Put on by The Rogue Stage. Drinks and light food will be available for purchase from the Museum Cafe.

Talk: Airbrush artist Warren Houston: Thu 7 Jul
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: $10 Friends members and $15 non-members
Talk by local artist and musician.

July School Holiday Activity Trail: Sat 9 Jul-Sun 24 Jul
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Free with admission
Grab your activity trail sheet from the front counter for the fun to begin.

July School Holiday Drop-in Crafts: Mon 11-Fri 15 Jul and Mon 18-Fri 22 Jul
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: Free with admission
The staff at the museum always have fun activities for children to do. It could be anything.

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.


Dates: Fri 29 Jul - 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

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 August

Evita will continue throughout August. It's also the month 10 local celebrity couples compete in Harcourts Dancing with the Stars. Who will win Rotorua's Dancing Royals crown?

Brace yourself for this one. It's time for the Tough Guy & Gal Challenges. Now who wouldn't want to do that? In August. In winter!

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