Find Things to Do in Rotorua November 2017

Things to do in Rotorua this November include running events, live shows, musical theatre, kids fishing, a charity auction luncheon....

Rotorua garden festival - PansiesIt'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 that's relaxing.

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 day).

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.

Buy Tickets: Swamp Thing & The Warratahs

Kids Fish Out

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?)

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

Sonic Delusion - Too Funky Folky for Folk Funk

Date: Sun 5 Nov
At: Brew Craft Beer Pub, 1103 Tutanekai St
Time: 5-8pm
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.

See more: Sonic Delusion

Dominic Tourettes Hoey and Skyscraper Stan

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.

Learn more at Eventfinda: Rogue Stage

Rotorua Festival of Gardens

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.

Learn more & buy tickets:

Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50km Run/Walk Events (Incorporating Tikitapu Trail Run)

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.

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Rotorua Charities Fun'raiser

Date: Fri 17 Nov
At: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive
Time: 12:30-3pm
Cost: $120

Funds raised at this luncheon event will go to many deserving Rotorua charities. Look out for live and silent auctions, and a guest speaker.

Book at Ticketmaster: Rotorua Charity Auction Lunch

Lakeview Golf Classic - 36 Hole Tournament

Date: Sat 11 & Sun 12 Nov
At: Lakeview Golf & Country Club, 704 SH 5
Time: 8am-4pm
Cost: $70

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 Fri 4 Nov.

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Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour

Date: Wed 15 Nov
At: Holiday Inn, 10 Tryon St, Whakarewarewa
Time: 7.30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $25

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.

See more at Eventfinda: Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour

HopeWalk Rotorua

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.

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Rotorua UkeBox - Ukulele Jam & Open Mike Sessions

Date: Sun 19 Nov
At: Te Runanga Tea House, Queens Dr, Government Gardens
Time: 3-5pm
Ages: All
Cost: Gold coin donation

Pop 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.

See more: Rotorua UkeBox

Saturday Night Fever - The Musical

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.

Learn more at Eventfinda: Saturday Night Fever

Nanogirl Live in Engineering Magic

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.

See more at Eventfinda: Nanogirl Live in Engineering Magic

Podium Rotorua Half Marathon

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?

Learn more: Podium Rotorua Half Marathon

Rotorua Christmas at the Races

Date: Wed 29 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: Eventfinder - Rotorua Races

Princes Gate Cabaret Dinner & Show

Date: Saturdays
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Time: 7pm-10pm
Price: Dinner & Show is $89pp.

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 out for accommodation specials.

Bookings: Princes Gate Dinner & Show

Looking Forward to December

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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