Find Things to Do in Rotorua November 2018

Things to do in Rotorua this November include running events, live shows, kids fishing, a charity gala....

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You might enjoy, for instance, Superstocks & Stockcars, family activities at the Armistice Centenary Commemorations, or the Brave Hearts Exhibition. If listening and dancing to live acts is of interest, they will be found playing at Barcode or Brew Bar amongst other places; now that's relaxing.

For the energetic, you can take part in or watch the Podium Rotorua Half Marathon and add-ons that includes all the family.

Want to get a head start on Christmas shopping? If you're looking for something different check out the Rotorua Markets (and please don't tell me you've already completed your shopping, that will totally ruin my day).

Date-Ordered Things to Do in Rotorua this November


Date: Fri 3 & Sat 4 Nov
At: Sudima Hotel Rotorua, Thu 1 - Sat 3 Nov
Time: 5-10pm
Cost: $29pp

Yum, who doesn't love Indian food? I know, a lot of people. For those who do though, the Executive Chef, Nikhil Dutt, at the Sudima is turning it on. Think Chicken Tikka, Paneer Makhani, Fish Malabari and Mango Lassi to name a few dishes.

Buy Tickets: Diwali at Rotorua

Lakeview Golf Classic - 36 & 18 Hole Tournament

Date: Sat 3 & Sun 4 Nov
At: Lakeview Golf & Country Club, 704 SH 5
Time: 8am-4pm
Cost: 36 Hole $70, 18 Hole $40

18 holes are played each day in this annual tournament for lovers of golf. Men have 3 divisions, ladies 1. Numbers are limited to the first 120 entries. Close off is 26 Oct 2018. There's also a $10,000 Hole in Once Challenge.

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Gin Rickey Jive

Date: Sun 4
At: Rotorua Racing Club, 276-278 Fenton St
Time: 6-9pm
Cost: General $15, Members $8, door sales only
Buffet Dinner: from 14.50 to $21 for dinner and dessert
Restrictions: All ages

Grab your dancing shoes, a partner, kids, or friends and head along to the racecourse for some 1930's, 40's and 50's jazz style entertainment. Throw in dinner and it's an evening well-spent.

Learn more on Eventfinda: Gin Rickey Jive

Brave Hearts - The New Zealand Cardiac Story

Dates: Mon 5 Nov - Mon 31 Dec,
Times: Mon-Fri 3-6pm unless it's school holiday time when times will switch to Sat & Sun hours of 9am-6pm. Closed public holidays
At: Rotorua Community House, 1115 Haupapa St
Cost: Gold coin donation from adults

New Zealand has been a pioneer in the field of heart surgery. This interactive exhibition celebrates both the clinicians and the brave patients. Learn what's normal, what's not, what can be done to correct things, and real-life stories.  Not to be missed.
See more on Eventfinda: Brave Hearts


Date: Sat 10 Nov
At: Barcode, 1232 Arawa St
Time: 8pm
Cost: VIP Admission $34
Restrictions: R18

If rock is your 'thing' this is the band to check out. Homegrown in Rotorua it's been a few years since they've been back so make the most of it.
Contact via Facebook Page: Kindred

Kids Fish Out

Date: Sun 11 Nov

At: Fish & Game Grounds, 1130 Paradise Valley Rd

Time: Hourly time slots beginning 9am to 3pm
Cost: $3 suggested donation (how cheap is that?)

Immerse your children, 6-14yrs, in learning how to cast and fly fish. Everything is provided and it's so much fun for the whole family. Sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and soft drinks make for a party atmosphere and dads can talk about the monster fish that got away. No! Really?

Put this on your annual list of things to do in Rotorua.

Bookings:  Children's Fishing

Armistice Centenary Commemorations

Date: Sun 11 Nov
At: Government Gardens, Queens Drive
Time: 10:30am-3pm
Cost: Free
Restrictions: Nil

Marking the centenary of Armistice Day is a commemoration service and family activities in the Government Gardens. Take along a picnic, or make use of the food trucks and/or afternoon tea at the Blue Baths. There will be kids crafts, donkey rides, musical performances, WW1 books and old school games.
See itinerary on Eventfinda: Armistice Centenary Commemorations

Rotorua Festival of Gardens

Sorry, the festival has been cancelled this year. It will be back in 2019.

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History of Children's Day Exhibition

Dates: Weekdays 12-30 Nov, plus Dec, Jan
At: Rotorua Lakes Council, 1061 Haupapa St
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: Free
Restrictions: All ages

A special exhibition showcasing photos that celebrate the evolution of Redwood's Children's Day. From small beginnings with the Travelling Tuatara's to what it has become is quite amazing really. Now you're lucky to get a carpark. :(
Learn more on Eventfinda: History of Children's Day

Manitoba Hal & Paul Jonson Ukelele Workshop & Concert

Date: Mon 12 Nov
At: Te Runanga Tea House, Queens Drive, Government Gardens
Time: 6-10:30pm
Cost: Workshop $20, Concert $20, Both $35
Restrictions: Nil

An upbeat, toe-tapping concert follows a workshop of interest to ukulele and guitar enthusiasts wanting to learn more. More as in finger picking, alternative strumming, chording and tuning techniques with the likes of of blues, boogie, ragtime and traditional folk styles. Take along a plate of finger-food to share in between the two sessions.
See more on Eventfinda: Manitoba Hal and Paul Jonson Ukulele Workshop

World Diabetes Whānau Day

Date: Wed 14 Nov
At: Soundshell & Village Green, Memorial Drive
Time: 3:30-6pm
Cost: Free Admission
Restrictions: Nil

Learn and play at this event celebrating World Diabetes Day. Take part in a number of activity classes, learn about healthy food choices, and enjoy the food stalls, teddy bears picnic, oh, and take the free diabetes test. Call 07 348 4125 for more info.

State of Mind

Date: Fri 16 Nov
At: Lava Bar, 1286 Arawa Street
Time: 8pm to late
Cost: General Admission $30
Restrictions: R18

The drum and bass duo of Patrick Hawkins and Stuart Maxwell are supported by DJ Jonny T. If you're thinking of going you'd better get your ticket now.
Buy Tickets at Ticketspace: State of Mind

Princes Gate Christmas Dine & Dance Party

Dates: Nov 16, 17, 23, 30 and Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Time: 7pm-11pm
Price: $59pp

It's time to begin amping up as we move towards Christmas. What better way than joining in the party. Live music, cash bar and a festive buffet dinner.

Bookings: Princes Gate Dinner & Show

Diamond Divas

Date: Fri 16 & Sat 17 Nov
At: Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar, 1109 Tutanekai St
Time: 10pm
Cost: Free
Restrictions: Nil

Amanda Stevenson and Vikki Lee Smith are the Diamond Divas. Personality in spades can be one way to describe them but, they can sing too. Look forward to a mixture of show tunes, R&B, disco, soul, country, and classic rock.

Saddle Up for Save Barn - Summer Showdown

Date: Sat 17 Nov
At: Save Barn, 31 Te Ngae Rd
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Free admission
Restrictions: Nil

For 1 day only! Look for serious savings on home & garden, trailers, tools, fishing, summer essentials and a whole lot more besides. Plus the first 20 customers get a free gift, the kids can enjoy a bouncy castle, and everyone gets a free sausage sizzle (10am-4pm) and/or free cake and coffee (11am-4pm). Spot prizes go to one lucky person every hour from 12pm.

Michael Van de Elzen (The Food Truck Guy)

Date: Sat 17 Nov
At: Ngongotaha Community Hall, 5 School Rd, Ngongotaha
Time: 10-11:30am
Cost: $10
Restrictions: Nil

Michale Elzen is on his "Good from Scratch Kids Cookbook" demo tour. He's fun, engaging and can he cook or what?
Book at Kaharoa School or phone 07 332 3444

Ciabatta Jazz

Date: Sat 17 Nov
At: The Ciabatta Bakery, 38 White St
Time: 10am-12pm
Cost: Free admission

The Ciabatta Bakery is an extremely popular bakery cum cafe located in the middle of a light industrial area. It doesn't stop the line-up of cars and people though. Enjoy your brunch with jazz music taking centre stage.
Visit: Ciabatta

Rotorua Ukebox - Ukulele Open Mic Sessions

Date: Sun 18 Nov
At: Te Runanga Tea House, Queens Drive
Time: 3-5pm
Cost: It's  free but you'll be asked for a 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 mic. You'll also get the opportunity for some hands on learning if you're interested.

Email or post on the UkeBox Facebook page to request songsheets to be used or material to covered.

Crown Lynn 2 Day Sale

Date: Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov
At: Princes Gate, 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Time: 9am-4pm
Price: Free admission

It's cash sales only for this first sale in Rotorua of all Crown Lynn. You will find the sale located in the Monarch Room of Princes Gate on Hinemaru St.

House of Travel Superstocks & Stockcars

Date: Sat 24 Nov
At: Paradise Valley Raceway, 105 Paradise Valley Rd
Time: 7-10pm
Cost: Adults $28, Child/Senior $10, Family $53
Restrictions: All ages

It's going to be a big night up at the Rotorua Speedway as the Superstocks and Stockcars fight it out. Families love it.

Buy Tickets at Eventfinda: Superstocks & Stockcars

St John's Gala

Date: Sat 24 Nov
At: St John's Church (Temporary Bdlg.) 276 Fenton St
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Free
Restrictions: All ages

This gala is to raise money to help St John's Church re-build their church. Food, games, entertainment, and auctions are the order of the day.

Princes Gate Cabaret Dinner & Show

Date: Sat 24 Nov
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Time: 6:30-10:30pm
Price: Dinner & Show is $89pp.

The place to go in Rotorua for live cabaret entertainment. This will be a night of theatrical entertainment with music, song and dance. The food's undeniably tasty too. Look out for accommodation special.

Bookings: Princes Gate Dinner & Show

Rotorua Half Marathon

Date: Sun 25 Nov
At: Soundshell & Village Green, Memorial Dr
Time: 7:45am-12pm
Cost: From $15 - $64 depending on event
Events: Rotorua Half Marathon, 10km Classic, 4km fun run/walk, 2km Kid's Dash, Family Special Passes

Open to all ages.

It's a weekend of fun, food and entertainment. Oh yes, that's right, lots of running and walking too. What are you waiting for?

Depending on the event entered your race might be flat and fast... really fast, or through forest trails, geothermal delights and a lakeside boardwalk. Fun huh?

Learn more: Rotorua Half Marathon

Rotorua Christmas at the Races

Date: Wed 28 Nov

At: Arawa Park Racecourse, Fenton St

Time: 11am

General Admission: $0, Mistletoe Lounge: $95

Treat yourself, family, friends or workmates and relax with a fun day out at the races. Features great food and thoroughbred racing.

Find out more: TBA

Sonic Delusion - Mamma Please Single Release Tour

Date: Fri 30 Nov
At: Brew Craft Beer Pub, 1103 Tutanekai St
Time: 9pm
Ages: All
Cost: Free admission

Electro-acoustic folk that is Latin-infused, pop-laced and funky. These guys make their own sound, and frontman Andre Manella makes on the spot creations by using a loop pedal. This time they want you to help celebrate the release of their new single "Mamma Please"

See more on Facebook: Sonic Delusion

Looking Forward to December

Coming up in December? The Great NZ Santa Run - you're going to love it. Add to that the Blue Baths Greased Lightnin' Prom Party and we'll be well and truly getting into the groove of Christmas. An assortment of Christmas themed events will follow hot on the heels of those two. Stay tuned.

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