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Things to do in Rotorua this November include running events, live shows, musical theatre, kids fishing, a charity auction luncheon....
It's Rotorua Garden Festival Time
You might enjoy, for instance, the musical Saturday Night Fever, or Rotorua Festival of Gardens 2017, or Rotorua Charities Fun'raiser. If listening and dancing to live acts is of interest, they will be found playing at The Brew or Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar amongst other places; now
For the energetic, the Tarawera Trail Marathon and add-on events will be testing, as will the Podium
Rotorua Half Marathon and add-ons for 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
Date-Ordered Things to Do in Rotorua this November
Swamp Thing & The Warratahs Double Happy Cracker Show
Date: Fri 3 & Sat 4 Nov At: Okere Falls Store, 759 SH33, Okere Falls Time: 6-10pm Cost: $35
A spring evening, a beautiful setting, and joint headliners Swamp Thing with their Amerikinda Blues style and The Warratahs who effortlessly fuse country with mainstream. A must see.
Dates: Sun 5 Nov At: Fish & Game Grounds, 1130 Paradise Valley Rd Time: 9am-12pm and 1-3pm Cost: $3 suggested donation (how cheap is that?)
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.
Date: Wed 8 Nov At: The Rouge State, Princes Gate Boutique Hotel, 1057 Arawa St Time: 8pm Restrictions: R18 Cost: Presale - $10, Door sale - $15
Rapid-fire social commentary including political satire and absurdist observations will be presented in a poetic form by the one and only Dominic 'Tourettes' Hoey. Joining him is 'Skyscraper' Stanley Woodhouse, an Australian based singer songwriter who sings a lyrical travelogue dripping with sarcasm, whimsy and wit.
Date: Fri 10 - Sun 12 Nov At: Various locations Time: 8am - 4pm Cost: $30
Armed with an all-in-one booklet/guide/ticket, visit as many of the 40+ gardens as you like during the three days. From large rural gardens to small town plots, there won't be a shortage of ideas to take home with you.
Date: Sat 11 Nov At: Te Puia, Hemo Rd Time: 8am Cost: Between $40-$390 depending on event and date booked
The course for these point to point events takes you through some of Rotorua's most stunning scenery. From the start line at the base of Te Puia's famous Pohutu Geyser, the Tarawera Trail course winds its way through the Hemo Gorge Trail to Waipa Forest, the Green & Blue Lakes, and the Tarawera Trail which finishes at Hot Water Beach.
Challenging? I think so. Especially as it gets near to the end of the Tarawera Trail. It gives me shivers just thinking about it.
As for the Tikitapu Trail component, it offers 2 Trail/Run distances of 16km or 23 that both finish at the Blue Lake. Same stunning scenery on a smaller scale.
For women: If you are considering stepping out of your comfort zone this might be just the ticket - literally. See 10 inspirational, heart warming and entertaining films about other women, just like you, in pursuit of adventure in the massively great outdoors.
Date: Sat 18 Nov At: Lakefront Village Green Time: 9am - 10am Ages: All Cost: Free
To break the "stigma, shame and silence" around suicide, Papakura pastor Joseph Fa'afiu started the Hope Walk in 2015. Now part of a worldwide movement, each Hope Walk raises awareness of depression and suicide. Spanning all walks of life, we've certainly got our share of this devastating phenomenon in New Zealand. If you haven't been touched by it you're very lucky.
Starting at the stage end of Memorial Drive, the 2.3km walk winds along the lakefront past the scout hall, through the Government Gardens taking in the Blue Baths and Rachel Spring, then over the Sulphur Lake bridge and back to the start along Hinemaru Street.
Date: Sun 19 Nov At: Te Runanga Tea House, Queens Dr, Government Gardens Time: 3-5pm Ages: All Cost: Gold coin donation
along to enjoy ukulele music, whether you play or not. Local group Thermaleles get things going with a short session
before everyone joins in with singing or playing. There's also an open mic session for anyone who would like to perform.
Date: Sun 19 Nov At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St Time: 8-10.30pm Cost: From $79
It's hard to believe Saturday Night Fever first hit our screens in 1977. 40yrs ago! I remember lining up to see it in Melbourne. Now it's your turn. This is a contemporary retelling of the coming-of-age story of Tony Manero, paint store clerk by day, disco King by night. Groundbreaking choreography combined with the best-selling motion picture soundtrack of all time will make this an event to remember.
Date: Sat 25 Nov At: Civic Theatre, Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St Time: 1-2pm & 5-6pm Cost: A Reserve $40, B Reserve $28
Nanogirl and her trusty sidekick Boris present science and engineering in a way that's fun, educational, and interactive for some. Expect to see giant sparks, fireballs and lots of explosions. Nanogirl has had sell-out tours throughout NZ and overseas so it should be a great show.
Date: Sun 26 Nov At: Soundshell & Village Green, Memorial Dr Time: 7:45am-12pm Cost: From $15 - $60 depending on event Events: Rotorua Half Marathon, Brooks 10km, Novotel Community 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?
Date: Saturdays At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens) Time: 7pm-10pm Price: Dinner & Show is $89pp.
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 out for accommodation
Coming up in December? The inaugural Mudtopia Festival hits town - you're going to love it. Add to that the Blue Baths Christmas Passport to 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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