Plan Things to Do in Rotorua, March 2019

Thinking about what things you can do in Rotorua for March? For starters, a couple of popular events this month include the Children's Weekend and Redwoods Children's Day, Crankworx which attracts mountain bikers from around the world, the Rotorua Walking Festival, and if you're getting married, the Hitched Wedding Show is the place to be.

View from Tokorangi Pa Road over Lake Rotorua, Rotorua, NZ.Bike or walk to see this view from Tokorangi Pa Road, in the Whakarewarewa Forest, over Lake Rotorua

The Rotorua Summer Swim Series winds down and the Copthorne Off-Road Half-Marathon, 10km, 5.5km and Little Devil's Race gets underway.

Rotorua Markets: Every Saturday you can catch the Flea Market at Kuirau Park, the Farmers Market on Sundays and the Lakefront Craft Market takes place on the 10th and 24th.

Things to Do in Rotorua this March Include...

Puarenga Park Run

Date: Every Sat morning
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:

Children's Weekend

Date: Sat 2 Mar
At: Various venues
Start Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Updated details to come on our council's page - still on 2018. It may stay the same or change completely. Essentially it's a weekend celebrating children around the world. You can expect there to be crafts, music, story-telling, music and more.

Learn more: Children's Weekend

Redwoods Children's Day

Date: Sun 3 Mar
At: Redwoods, Long Mile Road
Start Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Cost: Free
Ages: Under 10yrs

Updated details to come on our council's page - still on 2018. It may stay the same or change completely. Plan to arrive early because cars end up parked the length of Long Mile Road.

Learn more: Redwoods Children's Day

Music at the Rotunda 2019 - Sunday Sessions

Dates: Sun 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

Rotorua Off-Road Half Marathon, 1/4 Marathon, 5.5km and Little Devils Race

Date: Sun 3 Mar
At: Waipa Sawmill Recreation area, (opp mountain bike carpark)
Start Time: 7:30am Registration opens | 1:30pm Prizegiving
Cost: $10-$60
Ages: 3yrs up

Located at Whakarewarewa Forest, the scenic trails and forestry roads of this family-friendly event make for an attractive course. Every finisher gets a medal! Enter online before 20 Feb to get Early Bird rates.

Find out more at: Event Promotions

100% Flavour Aotearoa Cuban Festival 2019

Date: Fri 8 Mar 4:45pm-1am | Sat 9 Mar 10am-2am | Sun 10 Mar 10am-5pm
At: Lakes Performing Arts Company, 1215 Hinemoa St
Cost: $30 - $260

All Cuban dance styles are covered in this 3 day festival that has workshops, parties and performances.

See more on Eventfinda: Aotearoa Cuban Festival

Trout Fly Summer Series

Date: Thu 7 & 23 Mar
At: Neil Hunt Park, Tarawera Rd
Time: 5.45pm registration, 6.15pm run
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. 

Learn more: Lake City Athletic Club

Strangely Arousing & DJ Straw Hat

Date: Fri 8 Mar
At: Okere Falls Store, 759 SH33, Okere Falls
Time: 6:30-10pm
Restrictions: R18
Cost: $10-$18

No stranger to the Okere Falls Store, this dub-funk fivesome band is back and ready to entertain you. For the last few years they've been working on their sound, members, and the live show. At the same time they fitted in 5 shows in Asia, 2 single release shows and home recordings.

See more on Eventfinda: Strangely Arousing & DJ Straw Hat

5th Annual Tummy & Tots Expo

Date: Sat 9 Mar

At: Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, 390 Fenton St

Time: 9am-3pm

Cost: Door sales only $5, U5yrs free

All things relating to pregnancy, children under 5 and family life. The main expo features local, national and international brands, products and services. Alongside this are educational workshops and seminars and a market with locally made products.
Kids play areas, Dad's Zone, Parents room make this a great event for the whole family.

Learn more: Tummy & Tots

NZ Minigolf Open 2019

Dates: Sat 9 & Sun 10 Mar

At: Lumberjax Mini Golf, 346 Te Ngae Rd (Motion Entertainment Centre)
Time: 8am-6pm & 9am-1:20pm

Cost: $15-$50

It's going to be an epic 2 days as NZ's top minigolf players descend on Rotorua to put 144 holes. Expect youth, amateur, parent & youth teams, and of course the Pros who will vie for the $1,000 prize. More prizes are up for grabs and spot prizes.

See more: NZ Minigolf

Lakeside 2019 - Waiata Mai

Date: Sat 9 Mar
At: Village Green, Memorial Drive
Time: 7.30pm show starts. Finale fireworks at 10.15pm
Cost: Free, Reserved Seating $38
Restrictions: All ages

A free outdoor concert held at the Village Green. Each year (it started in 1997) we see a line up of stellar performers. Past acts include Dame Malvina Major and Kiri Te Kanawa. This year features Mark Williams (Dragon), Jamey Ferguson (ex Katchafire), the Yandall Sisters, Krissie Knap, The Koi Boys, Jack Grace, Howie Morrison Jnr., Suzanne Lynch, Elisha Hulton, Atutahi Potake-Dewes, Hinerongonui Kingi and Daniel Nathan.
Buy tickets at Ticketmaster: Rotorua Lakeside Concert

Swim the Lakes Series - Rotary Rotorua Lake Okotaina Open Water Swim (No. 3 of 3)

Date: Sun 10 Mar
At: Lake Okataina,
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $10-$70 for a Family of 4 or more
Restrictions: R13

This event has a range of distances that accommodate all ages from 8ys and up, and all abilities. Distances: 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3km, and 6km.

Enter online:
See more on Facebook: Rotorua Swim the Lakes Series

Rotorua Walking Festival

Dates: Sat 16 & Sun 17 Mar
At: Neil Hunt Park, Tarawera Rd
Time: Sat 8am, Sun 8am for the start of the first events
Cost & Details: See Event Programme

Be prepared to walk your feet off with this two day festival. Forest walks are on the agenda for Saturday with the Whakarewarewa Forest Marathon (42km), Half-Marathon (21km), 10km, and a 5km Family Walk. Sunday it's around town for the 30km Challenge, 20km Town Walk and 10km Walk.

Rotorua Ukebox - Ukulele Open Mic Sessions

Date: 3rd Sunday of the month - Sun 17 Mar
At: Te Runanga Tea House, Queens Drive
Time: 3-5pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
Restrictions: All ages

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.

Keep up on Facebook: Rotorua Ukebox

Crankworx Rotorua 2019

Dates: Tue 19 - Sun 24 Mar
At: Skyline Rotorua, 185 Fairy Springs Rd
Time: 9am-9pm and last 2 days 9am-6pm
Cost: Day 1 is Free
Cost: Days 2-6: $160 Family (2 adults, 3 children 5-14yrs), Adult $75, Child 5-14yrs $35 - plus booking fees
Spectators: All ages

The three-stop Crankworx World Tour finds the best male and female mountain biker - in the world obviously. Rotorua (cough, cough) was added to this renowned event fixture in 2015 and we're up first this year. The next legs is in Innsbruck, Austria and finishes at the home base of Whistler, BC.

A variety of events take place either on the slopes of Mt Ngongotaha  or in the Whakarewarewa Forest (Dual Slalom event). Race styles include downhill, slopestyle and enduro. Running alongside Crankworx will be family-friendly Kidsworx races, amatuer races and participatory events. 

Buy your tickets now:

Generation Homes Legend of the Lake | Ocean Swim Series

Dates: Sun 10 Mar
At: Blue Lake

Time: 10am-3.00pm

Cost: From $19.50 - $72.50 for Early birds

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 the newly added 5km ultra distance for adults. Also added is the Amphibian with a swim, forest run, and swim.

Learn more & buy tickets: Ocean Swim Series

Stretch - The Chasing Summer Tour

Date: Sat 23
At: Okere Falls Store, 759 SH33, Okere Falls
Time: 8pm

Cost: $23 incl of fees
Restrictions: All ages

He's sold out concerts at Church Road Winery and Hawke's Bay Arts Festival so this will be something to look forward to. From ballads through to choruses interspersed with a blend of folk, soul and rock'n'roll you can expect to feel things. Stretch is joined by celloist Paula Sugden. The combination causes jaws to drop apparently.

See more on Eventfinda: The Chasing Summer Tour

The Big Bike Film Night

Date: Wed 27 Mar
At: Harvest Centre, 324 Malfroy Rd
Time: 7-9:15pm

Cost: $17-$22

Short movies from around the world involving bikes. Expect action, drama, and inspiration. Lots of inspiration.

Learn more on Eventfinda: Big Bike Film Night

Princes Gate Events & Specials

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 up in April
- Look forward to a large event taking place most weekends as the weather cools down. The month begins with the XTERRA Festival. Stay tuned.

Have your accommodation booked early.

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