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Check Out Things to Do in Rotorua, June 2016
Look out for things to do in Rotorua in June 2016. It begins and ends with Matariki (Māori New Year) celebrations. Matariki is a star cluster, more commonly known as Pleiades, which reappears in Southern skies in winter.
It's also Queens Birthday weekend with a public holiday on Mon 6th Jun. Rotorua will be busy.
A wintry dawn in Rotorua, NZ. Taken during a walk on the Pohaturoa track (Trigg side) at the Whakarewarewa Forest.
Rotorua Markets: The Night Market takes place every Thursday evening at 5pm (a good place to have dinner), the Flea Market every Saturday morning (this time it's breakfast) and the Lakefront Craft Market takes place on the 3rd, 17th and 24th of this month (lunch?). Look for the Arts Village Matariki Market on June 12th together with a Matariki Exhibition and other planned activities.
Things to Do in Rotorua this June
The Stars Are Out Tonight - Sculpture & Art Exhibition
Date: Continues to Wed 29 Jun At: Galleria, Civic Centre, 1061 Haupapa St Time: Office hours Cost: Free
Currently enrolled in Creative Art courses, Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students have submitted works inspired by Matariki. Pop along and take a look.
Contact: Marc Spijkerbosch Email: email@example.com
Evening Acoustic - Stella Maris
Date: Every Wed to 29 Jun At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St (Eat Streat) Time: 8pm Cost: Free admission
Popular Stella Maris, a well-known local singer and songwriter, amongst other things, performs regularly at Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar. Stella will also be appearing later in the month at the Okere Falls Strong Beerfest.
Ponsonby Rd Jazz Club - Ben Wilcock (Piano/Vocals)
Date: Thu 2 Jun At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St (Eat Streat) Time: 8pm Cost: Free admission
He's performed in UK jazz clubs and hotels as a resident pianist, played with Latin and Blues bands and now teaches at the NZ School of Music. That small spiel doesn't cover the half of it. Pop along if you're into jazz.
Surf Street Skate Clothing & Shoes Pop Up Sale
Date: Thu 2 - Sun 5 Jun At: Arawa Park Racecourse, Fenton St Time: Thu & Fri 10-6pm, Sat 9-5pm, Sun 9-4pm Cost: Free entry
Who can resist a bargain? Last Season is hitting Rotorua with new stock. Save up to 90% on shoes, tees, jeans, pants and the list goes on. Top brands like Nike, Element, Adidas, LRG and many more feature.
Whaikōrero with Dr Rangi Mātāmua - The astronomy of Matariki
Date: Thu 2 Jun At: Sir Howard Morrison Centre Time: 6.30pm Cost: Free admission
A korero (talk) about Matariki. Learn about the cluster of stars known as Matariki, whose appearance in winter signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. For the talk to begin right away, doors open at 6pm. Contact Kathy Nicholls at 07 351 8456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further info.
The Okere Falls Strong Beerfest
Date: Fri 3 - Sun 5 Jun At: Okere Falls Store, 759 SH 33, Okere Falls Time: Fri 5-8.30pm, Sat 5-9.30pm, Sun 5-9.30pm Cost: Entry prices range from $10-$20. Ages: Child, R16 and R18 on differing evenings
It's that time of the year again. Time for beer-tasting, stroganoff, strudel, and fantastic live music. A guest brewer begins the night with a beer-tasting session at 5pm followed by the live music at 6pm.
Artists include Jesse Morris, Sal & the Babyshakes, The Waiheke Soul Orchestra, Andre Manella from Sonic Delusion, Stella Maris and more.
Date: Sun 5 Jun Venues At: Lake Tikitapu or The Redwoods Time: Various Cost:Various
Pristine waters, stunning scenery; say no more. Join in any of 11 events that include mountain biking, off road running, kayaking, or one of the many paddling
disciplines. From 50km at the most, right down to 2km, there's
something for absolutely everyone to enjoy. And a heap of prizes too.
Date: Thu 9 Jun to Wed 31 Aug At: 1283 Tutanekai St Time: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm Cost: Nil unless you buy a piece
A large group of local and regional artists have been invited to create a piece around a Matariki themed template, in the shape of a kite. Kites were seen as the connectors between the heavens and earth. The artists can do whatever they like within the template which will make it interesting.
Date: Sat 11 Jun At: Lake Okaro, Okaro Rd Start Times: 8am, 10am and 10.30 Cost:$20 - $90
A 46, 25 or 17km trail run or walk in the Rainbow Mountain area. Cripes, if you're in the 46km run that means 4 times up Rainbow Mountain. I would cry. Seriously. The 25km climbs twice and the 17km once. Fantastic views up the top though. The lure is the possibility of seeing a double rainbow.
Date: Sun 12 Jun At: Children's Art House (Green Cottage), Queens Dr, Government Gardens Time: 10am-2pm Cost: Gold coin
Take the kids along to make some nature crafts and a bird feeder. Fatten them (the birds) up for winter.
Callum Gentleman EP Tour
Date: Sun 12 Jun At: Rogue Lounge, 1150 Pukuatua St Time: 6.30-9pm Cost: $10 door sales only
Check out Callum Gentleman, appearing at the Rogue Lounge as part of a national tour that introduces his new EP. With blues shouts, songs, possibly poetry and plenty of banter, this should be fun.
Community Charity Relay
Date: Sun 19 Jun At: Agrodome, Western Rd Time: 10.20am Cost: Free entry but $20 to register relay teams ($30 on the day entry) Age: 10yrs+
In support of the NZ Secondary Schools Relay Championship, this relay helps raise funds to support local youth. Teams of 4 race 4km (1km each) using their own baton. Over $3000 worth of spot prizes plus prizes for the best dressed team and most creative baton.
Date: Sun 19 Jun At: Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Rd Time: 10.30am 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.
Rotorua Museum of Art & History Things to Do in June
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
Matariki Whānau Night Sat 18 Jun Times: 2-7pm and 7-9pm Cost: Adults $5, Children $3, U5yrs free Interactive storytelling, kapahaka, face painting, treasure hunt and Matariki themed crafts. It will be all on this evening. Advanced bookings essential so contact the museum asap.
The History Behind Karetao Pūoro - with James Webster: Sun 19 Jun Time: 1.30pm Cost: Free A talk about Māori musical instruments and puppets. Despite limited knowledge about this ancient art form, it is enjoying a revival today because of people like James. He will pass on the known history and explain his involvement in creating and playing these instruments.
Rotorua Ukebox: Sunday 19 Jun Times: 3-4.15pm Rotorua's Thermaleles open the show with a short ukelele performance. After that, everyone can jump in to sing, play along or use the open mike. Included with museum admission.
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
Top Art 2016: Annual exhibition featuring the top Visual Art portfolios from secondary school students. It's hard to believe that this art comes from such young people. Dates: Tue 7 - Fri 17 Jun
Date: Sun 26 Jun At: Meet at the DOC office before carpooling to Mokaihaha Ecological Area, 99 Sala St Time: Pre-dawn (to be confirmed post registration) Cost: Free
Looking for something different? Accompany DOC (Dept. of Conservation) Rangers to clear bait lines and have the chance to hear the North Island kōkako, one of NZ's threatened species of birdlife.
Email to register (essential): email@example.com
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.
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.
Matariki celebrations continue as does the OBOP Rogaine Series with events Nō's 2 and 3 taking place. If it's mountain biking you're looking for, the highly anticipated 2016 Winter MTB Series kicks off. Something else to look forward to is the opening of Evita, a hugely popular Broadway show, presented by Rotorua Musical Theatre.
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