Discover Things to Do in Rotorua, July 2018

Things To Do In Rotorua for July 2018 - School holidays kick in mid-month with various organisations planning events around it. The Rotorua 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? 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 Sundays 1, 15 and 22 July.

Things to Do in Rotorua this July Include...

2018 Gloworm Lights - Winter MTB Series

Dates & Locations
Event 1: Sun 1 Jul at Waipa Mountain Bike Park, Waipa Mill Rd
Event 2: Sun 5 Aug at The Redwoods
Event 3: Sun 9 Sep at  Waipa MTB Carpark
Times: 9am - 1pm
Cost: From $45-

Grab a friend, your family, anyone in fact, and take part in these fun, cross country mountain biking events. You can be social or serious. Based at Waipa mountain bike car park, Event 1 includes:

Short course (Grades 1-3 15km) for those new to MTB or just wanting a challenge
Medium course (Grades 1-3 22km) with harder trails
Long course (Grades 1-4 41km) with up-hills.
Also kiddies 5yrs and up can enter

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Hammers & Horsehair

Date: Mon 2 Jul
At: Princes Gate, 1057 Arawa St
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: School age children free, Students 18-25yrs $15, Adults $30

Rowena Simpson - soprano, Douglas Mews - square piano, and Robert Ibell - cello, present a Nineteenth Century candlelit concert featuring songs by Bohemian composer Jan Kalivoda, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven. Short readings link the pieces that reflect the era or mood of the music.

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The Big Dine Out @ Terrace Kitchen

Date: Wed 4 Jul
At: The Blue Baths, Queens Dr, Govt. Gardens
Time: From 6pm
Cost: $125pp

Enjoy a flavoursome 5 course meal perfectly matched with Black Barn's Hawkes Bay wines. You won't want to miss the insider stories from the experts at this TK degstation collaboration event.

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Rock 'n' Rollin' Mid-Winter Party

Date: Fri 6 & Sat 7, Fri 20 & Sat 21 July
At: Princes Gate, 1057 Arawa St
Time: 7-11:30pm
Cost: $49 Dinner & Dance

Dance the night away rock 'n' rollin' with a live band. The buffet dinner begins at 7pm then it's all on as everyone takes to the floor. Cash bar available.

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The Motion Entertainment Midwinter Games 2018

Date: Fri 6 & Fri 27 Jul
At: Motion Entertainment, Lynmore Junction, 346-352 Te Ngae Rd
Time: 6-10.30pm
Restrictions: R15
Cost: $150pp

A $2000 cash prize and Motion Entertainment Supreme Champion trophy are up for grabs in this team event. Teams of 5 or 2 on a table of ten enjoy a 3 course buffet and take part in the trilogy challenge of tenpin bowling, Darkride XD shooting challenge and 3D mini golf. The top 13 teams return for the finale on 27 July.

Tickets: Ph 0800 428 3386
Website: https-www-motionentertainment-co-nz-events

Swiss & See Naylors

Date: Fri 6 Jul
At: Kalah Bar, 11b Hall Rd, Ngongotaha
Time: 8pm
Cost: $20
Restrictions: R18

Despite his young age (20yrs) reggae singer/songwriter Swiss, now resident in Brisbane, Australia, has already been signed up by Dawn Raid Entertainment. Expect a great show.

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Glow Poi Making Class

Date: Sat 7 Jul
At: The Arts Village
Time: 10am-2pm
Cost: $40
Restrictions: All ages

Make your own set of poi with local artist and Poi Maker Lida Harteman. You will use different coloured material and learn how to make the poi, plait a chord and cover the result in UV paint - to guide you along the 'Colour the Night' pathway on Jul 12. It's a prequel to The Arts Village Matariki Celebrations.

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School Holiday Activities

Matariki Activity Trail

Date: Sat 7 Jul to Sun 22 Jul
At: Government Gardens, Queens Dr
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: Free

Pop into Rotorua iSite (1167 Fenton St) or The Arts Village (1240 Hinemaru St) to pick up a Matariki Activity Trail for the kids to learn more about Matariki while exploring the Government Gardens. Once finished they can drop it into an entry box located at those same addresses by 10am Mon 23 July and possibly win a prize pack.

Drop-In Craft Activities - Matariki Kite

Dates: Mon - Fri 9 to 13 Jul and 16 to 20 Jul
At: The Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru St
Time: 10am - 2pm
Cost: Free

Join the Rotorua Museum team who will be based at The Arts Village creating Matariki themed crafts including kites and getting creative with colouring.

Contact: Rotorua Museum 07 351 8055

Kid Central Holiday Care Programme

Dates: Mon - Fri 9 to 13 Jul and 16 to 20 Jul
At: Kid Central, 14 Ti St
Time: 8am - 5pm
Cost: $200pw, $40 per day (min 3 days)
Ages: All

Whether you're busy working or wanting time out on your time out, Kid Central has an action-packed programme that will keep your young ones entertained.

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Animates Rotorua - School Holiday Activities

Dates: Thu 12 & 19 Jul
At: Animates, 124 Lake Rd
Time: 11-11:45am and 2-2:45pm both days
Cost: Free
Ages: All

This time around kids will learn about fantastic fish and rocking reptiles. Should be fun. And all participants receive a certificate of completion. Just turn up on the day but do get there early to grab a park.

Rotorua Vintage & Veteran Car Club Swap Meet and Car Show

Date: Sun 8 Jul
At: Paradise Valley Raceway, 105 Paradise Valley Rd
Time: 7am-2pm
Cost: Adult $5 & Accompanied Children are Free
Gate sales only

38th Annual Swap Meet & Car Show. 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.

Colour the Night

Date: Thu 12 Jul
At: The Rotorua Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru St
Time: 5pm-8pm
Cost: Free
Age: All

An annual arts festival, the night will see arts and cultural spaces open their doors. Look forward to art, music and performances. Everything is still to be confirmed.

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TV3's The AM Show

Date: Thu 12 & Fri 13 Jul
At: Jean Batten Square (outside the library), 1127 Haupapa St
Time: 6am-9am
Cost: Free
Age: All

You may have seen Hamish and co. from The AM Show broadcasting live on a tour through parts of NZ, well, now it's our turn. You can buy breakfast from food and coffee trucks and the library will be opening early too. Live entertainment, fun activities will take place and passes can be won to local attractions. Kids can have fun on the Thursday with circus type activities with hula hoops, poi, ribbons from 7:30am-8:30am. On the Friday there's free face painting from 7:30-9am, and Two of a Kind, a local duo will perform from 7:45am.

Rotorua Home Show

Dates: Fri 13 to Sun 15 Jul
At: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive
Times: 10am-5pm Fri & Sat, 10am-4pm Sun
Door Sales Only: $5
Ages: All

Products and services for the home and lifestyle feature in this 3 day event. On display will be kitchens, flooring, appliances, heating, gourmet food, artisan crafts, new cars and more.

Contact: Ph 06 354 0498, Email

Heath Franklin's Chopper - Bogan Jesus

Date: Fri 13 Jul
At: The Blue Baths, Queens Dr, Govt. Gardens
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $36-$42

On a return visit and bigger than Jesus, this show should be hilarious. Chopper is not happy with religion as it is, what with wars, terrorism and Christian rock. So he decides to start his own one, in his own image. He's the new 'mo-ssiah' for a new age.

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Leon & Rewa

Date: Fri 13 & Sat 14 Jul
At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St
Time: 9.30pm
Cost: Free entry
Ages: R18

Leon & Rewa have been around for quite a while, but they are popular nevertheless. If you want a party atmosphere this is where it's at.

Roller Disco

Date: Sat 14 Jul
At: The Blue Baths, Queens Dr, Govt. Gardens
Session 1 - 2:30-4pm
Session 2 - 4:30-6pm
Session 3 - 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: Between$10-$20 (incl. skates)
Ages: All

Disco! Rollers! Fun! Not much else to say. Grab the little ones and head on down. Ph 027 404445 for more information.

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Kelvin Cruickshank Live (Soul Food)

Dates: Sat 14 Jul
At: Rydges Hotel, 272 Fenton St
Time: 7-9:30pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
Cost: $65 (Service fees apply)
Ages: R16

(Selling out fast) Kelvin Cruickshank is a well known and very popular NZ Medium. He tries to read as many people as he can each session but it depends on spirit.

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Rotorua UkeBox Ukulele Open Mic Sessions

Dates: Sun 15 Jul
At: Te Runanga Tea House, Queens Dr
Time: 3-5pm
Cost: Free but gold coin donation welcome
Ages: All

Grab your ukulele, or warm up your vocal chords, and head along to this Rotorua Museum hosted event for a jam session led by our local group, The Thermaleles. It doesn't matter how little or how much you know, just have an intention to have fun.

Don't know the words or chords, it doesn't matter. It's projected onto the walls. Originals and old favourites alike will have the toes itching to tap.

Lime Rock Wine Tasting & Canapes Night

Date: Wed 18 Jul
At: Okere Falls Store, 759 SH33, Okere Falls
Time: 7-8:30pm
Age: R18

Wine connoisseurs will like this. Rosie Butler from Lime Rock vineyard, Central Hawke's Bay, will guide you through tastings of seven selected wine. These will be paired with four foods to match from in-house chef Alan.

There will be discounted wine for sale, and spot prizes.

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Cirque Grande

Various Dates between: Thu 19 Jul & Sun 29 Jul
At: Puarenga Park, Te Ngae Rd, Owhata
Various Times incl: 1-3pm, 2-4pm, 7-9pm, 4:30-6:30pm
Various Costs: From Child elevated (deluxe) $25 - Family Pass (deluxe) $110
Age: All

This brand new circus is bringing something fresh to town. The mostly young cast will perform acrobatics, hoop diving, teeterboard and magic tricks amongst others. There will be clowns to laugh out loud at, and African acrobats to take your breath away. It will be a fun show.

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Rotorua Premiere - Mamma Mia 2, Here We Go Again

Date: Thu 19 Jul
At: Reading Cinema, 1281 Eruera St
Time: 8:20-10:30pm (movie begins 8:45pm)
Age: R13

This fundraising event for Sands Rotorua (supporting families who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy or beyond) will be heaps of fun. There will be spot prizes, canapes and bubbles prior to the main event. You can also really get into the groove with pre-drinks, a dance off and best dressed at Ruck n Maul next door from 7pm (cash bar).

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Harcourts Dancing With the Stars

Date: Sat 28 Jul
At: Energy Events Centre, Queens Dr
Time: 5pm-11.55pm
Age: All

Taking to the stage after 16 weeks of gruelling training, 20 Rotorua identities will battle it out for the win, and help raise money for Hospice. Live and silent auctions will take place and there will be celebrity judges and entertainers.

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Great Forest Rogaine

Date: Sat 28 Jul
At: Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Road
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: U12yrs free up to $60

Grab a friend, your family, anyone in fact, and take part in this fun, challenging 3 and 6 hour foot and mountain bike rogaine. 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. There's free pizza after!

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Princes Gate Cabaret Dinner & Show

Date: Selected Saturdays
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Time: 6pm until late
Price: $89

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. You can also combine value accommodation packages that include the cabaret and show.

Check Dates & Book: Princes Gate Cabaret Dinner & Show

Coming Up in August

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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