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Things to Do in Rotorua - October 2017
Tulips dominate the list of things to do in Rotorua in October with the Tulip Fest running for 16 days straight. I've got to admit, our city looks gorgeous with all the spring flowers. Over 100,000 of them are Tulips alone.
It's time too for the school holidays, and Labour Weekend, the last public holiday before the stretch leading up to Christmas.
Featuring this month is the annual Okere Store's Beerfest, the America's Cup paying us a visit and House of Horrors 2017. It's shaping up to be a busy month.
Don't forget, there will be plenty of Rotorua Markets held throughout the month as well.
Discover things to do in Rotorua in October
Spanning Dates: Sat 30 Sep - Sun 15 Oct Locations: Various Costs: Free - $25
Features a tulip walking tour, Sudima children's cupcake decorating, outside the walls guided tours with a tulip twist, drop-in school holiday craft activities, tulips for sale at the night market, a children's art house open day and the Dutch market, there will be something of interest for mostly everyone.
Date: Tue 3 Oct - Sat 7 Oct At: Village Green, Lakefront, lake end of Tutanekai St Time: 1pm & 7pm depending on the weather
the family along for some fun at the Carnival. Includes the Giant
Slide, Merry Go Round, Dodgems, Hurricane, Extreme Turbo Boost and much
more. Eat hot dogs and candy floss, family favourites from way back.
Digi Kids - School Holiday Activities at Rotorua Library
Dates: Mon 2 - Fri 13 Oct At: 1238 Pukuatua St Times: Various Cost: Free admission Bookings: Required for all activities
Take the kiddies along for any of the free
techie activities - Digital Storytelling Rhyme & Rumpus, Smartphone Projectors, Kip McGrath Education Centre Lego Session.
Dates: Tue 3 Oct - Wed 11 Oct At: Flip Out Trampoline Arena, 12 Ti St Times: 10am Cost: $15 (door sales only)
Trampolining seems to be THE thing to do lately. Anyone can do it so don't hold back. There's interlocking trampolines, slam dunks, wall runners, a huge foam pit and a gladiator battle beam (and I have no idea what some of those are). Toddlers have their own arena so parents can take full advantage of some R&R with a beverage.
Date: Sat 7 Oct At: The Blue Baths, Queens Drive Time: 6:30pm Kitchen, BBQ & Bar Doors Open: 7:15pm, Show: 8pm Prices: General Admission $25, Premium $40 (allocated seating)
A new line-up of fantastic comedians feature in this show with the headliner being Dai Henwood (famous in NZ). It doesn't stop there. Justine Smith, a past Billy T Award winner and the NZ Comedy Guild Best Female Comedian, will by the MC for the evening. Backing up will be a new generation comedian Eli Matthewson and Rotorua's own Lana Walters.
Date: Sat 7 Oct At: Village Green Start/Finish (Lakefront) , Memorial Drive Time: 8am First race starts to 3:45pm Restrictions: All ages Cost: School Teams $245, Std Teams $295
Teams of 3-6 people make their way around the beautiful shores of Lake Rotorua in this fun event. Six segments are broken into distances of 5-8km. Get a group together, make it a family event, a work challenge. Look forward to making friends with 2,000 odd people.
Dates: Sun 9 Oct 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.
Date: Mon 9 Oct At: Te Papaiouru Marae, Mataiawhea St, Ohinemutu Time: 5pm - 7pm Restrictions: Nil Price: Free admission
Get a close up view of the America's Cup when it lands in Rotorua together with some of the Emirates Team NZ sailors. They will be here to thanks us for our support. Very cool. Make sure to take the kids along for this one.
Bi-Monthly Dutch Market
Date: Sat 7 Oct At: Dutch Club Bldg. Neil Hunt Park, turn left off Tarawera Rd (just past Outdoorsman Headquarters). Time: 10am-1pm
Find yourself some delicious traditional Dutch specialties. If you haven't tried salted herrings, smoked eel, croquettes or Oliebollen you're missing out on a treat. Grab yourself a coffee while you're at it and find out more about the Dutch way of life. NB: Cash only as there are no eft-pos facilities.
Operatunity Presents: Fabulous 50's
Date: Tue 10 Oct At: Rotorua Baptist Church, 100 Malfroy Rd Time: 11am - 1pm Lunch: Included Cost: Individual $34, 30+ group $30 each, 10+ group $31 each
This will be fun. Suzanne Lynch, together with a troupe of singers and band will relive the best of the 50's. Think Elvis, Doris Day, Connie Francis, Everly Brothers and most recent Michael Buble
Date: Wed 11 Oct At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St Time: 7-9:30pm Cost: from $69
We all know the story, about how Maria, a governess, steps in to change the lives of the von Trapp family when she brings music into their lives. And then, they escape from Austria over the mountains. That's it in a nutshell. Apparently it's still the most successful movie musical in history. Look forward to renditions of Edelweiss, Do-Re-Me, Climb Every Mountain, and more as the story unfolds.
Date: Wed 11 - Sat 15 Oct At: Rotorua Youth Centre, 6 Te Ngae Rd Time: 7pm for kids 8+ & 9pm for youth 12+ to11pm Cost: $13 online or $15 at RYC
RYC's annual Horror event puts you into a maze, a scary, horrifying maze... and there will be scary characters... and grisly scenes. You've been warned. And don't come crying to me if you have nightmares afterwards. :)
Date: Sun 15 Oct 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: Mon 16-Wed 18 Oct and Fri 20-Sun 22 Oct At: Okere Falls Store, 759 SH33, Okere Falls Time: Starting 5pm, 12pm or 9am Costs: Various (different days, different specials)
Beer Fest at its best in Rotorua. Local and specialty events with main ticketed events on the Friday and Saturday nights. Some of the lineup includes The Noise, Whitechapel Jak, Otium, Sonic Delusion, Albi & The Wolves and Clap Clap Riot.
And look out for specialty German biers and the Schweinshaxe pork roast dinners, griller burgers, bratwurst sausanges and more. You've got to book though.
Pink Walk 10th Anniversary - Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust
Date: Wed 18 Oct At: Lakefront Village Green, Memorial Dri Time: 4.30-7.30pm Price: 13yrs+ $5, U13yrs donation
A fun-filled family event to raise money for the Trust. Entertainment begins prior to the 3.4km walk that starts and finishes at the Village Green. Have spare cash on hand for the face-painters, cup cake stalls, raffles and food. Get dressed up too and you might win a prize.
Read more and register online: Pink Walk or phone 021 209 6099
Aotearoa & International Indigenous Weavers Open Day
Date: Sun 22 Oct At: Te Waiiti Marae, SH30, Rotoiti Time: 10am-2pm Cost: Gold coin donation
It's not often you get to see flax weavers in action, let alone both local and international. Head on out to Rotoiti to enjoy and support the weavers. There will be food and market stalls, and live entertainment.
Date: Sat 21 - Sun 22 Oct At: Waipa Carpark, Waipa State Mill Rd Time: 12-5pm and 8am-7pm Cost: From $20 - $360
Looking for the best 140kms of mountain bike single-track trail racing? You've found it. Individuals and teams compete for cash prizes, category wins, or mostly to achieve personal goals. If the 100km is to much, try the Whaka 50, or 25km races, kids can ride too.
Date: Sun 22 Oct At: Stoney Point Reserve, 151-153 Spencer Rd, Tarawera Time: 10am-2pm Price: Free entry
A great way to relax and just potter is a visit to the Lake Tarawera Spring Fair situated on the shores of Lake Tarawera. There will be arts, crafts, pottery, kids stalls, yummy food, diggers, canvas goods and lots more besides. Lots of new stalls this year. Cash only.
Giant 2W Gravity Enduro (1st in a series of 4 downhill mountain bike events - Oct, Dec, Feb, Apr)
Dates: Sat 28 Oct, Sat 9 Dec 2017 and Sat 10 Feb, Sat 14 Apr 2018 Race 1 At: Holiday Inn, Cnr Foude & Tryon Sts, Rotorua Time: 9am-5pm Race Entry Prices: Various Spectators: Free
The Whakarewarewa Forest sees downhill racing at it's best with this event for individuals, teams, serious racers and social ones too. Spectator or competitor, it doesn't matter, you'll have fun with the carnival atmosphere, delicious food and foaming beer available at the start/finish.
For the uninitiated, Enduro mountain bike racing has the competitors completing 6 stages, in any order, of downhill racing. In 6 hours!!! The riders can be shuttled back to the top for the next stage or bike back up. Apparently, it's all about strategising. They have to complete the stages and get back to the race HQ before the time runs out or risk incurring penalties.
Some huge prizes and spot prizes are up for grabs so it's every man, or woman, for themselves.
Date: Sat 28 Oct At: Southern Trust Sportsdrome, Queens Dr Time: 6:45-9pm Cost: Adult $15, Child $7, Family (2 adults, 2 kids) $40
It's that time of the year. Rotorua's Sulphur City Steam Rollers' Motley Crew, will take on the Northland Nightmares Roller Derby's Hell's wives in what's bound to be a bruising roller derby event (battle really). Think 'rugby on skates'.
Prizes for Best Dressed Adult & Child and for Best Supporter Signs. Half-time Rocky Horror Picture Show inspired performance is to be put on by the Lakes Performing Arts Company, and there will be a Hell-O-Wheels 'Time Warp' Dance Competition.
Stay up to date at Sulphur City Steam Rollers on Facebook where you can find out how to buy tickets before they sell out: Ph 07 928 4500
The Original Gypsy Fair
Date: Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct At: Village Green, Memorial Dr (Lakefront) Time: 9am-5pm Cost: Free admission
Look forward to fun and entertainment at the Gypsy Fair. There will be glass blowing, woodcraft, leather work, tattooing, hair braiding, soaps & oils for sale, jewellery & crystals, leadlight creations, segway rides, handmade clothing plus lots more. And live entertainment.
NZ Aria Finals Night
Date: Sun 29 Oct At: Civic Theatre, Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St Time: 7.30-10pm Age: 12+yrs Cost: $60
10 finalists compete to win prizes of 1st $20,000, 2nd $10,00 and 3rd $5,000 in this, New Zealand's largest classical singing competition. Each contestant will sing their chosen aria backed by the full Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in front of international judges. The guest artist will be Simon O'Neill, the recipient of scholarships to the Manhatten School of Music and the Julliard Opera Centre.
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.
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