Spring Things to Do in Rotorua, September 2016

It's spring! Hooray. That's not to say winter is over. Not by a long shot. Look forward to some lovely warm days as the temperatures begin to rise but also be prepared for wintry outbreaks now and then. The weather likes playing with us.

School Holidays begin on the 24th. Don't they come around fast? Daylight Saving starts at 2am on Sunday the 25th which means moving clocks forward 1hr. Bring on summer! Can't wait.

Rotorua Markets: Follow the preceding link to find out more about all the markets. Every Saturday morning you can check out the local Flea Market at Kuirau Park. In a similar vein, Thursday evenings are for the Rotorua Night Market. This months dates for the Lakefront Craft Market are Sun 4 and 18 Sep.

Things to Do in Rotorua This Septmeber Include...

Menopause the Musical - Women On Fire

Dates: Sun 11 Sep
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 8pm-10pm
Cost: From $79.99

Performed around the world and featuring music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, everyone will have fun with four women shopping for a black lace bra in a department store. The word menopause says it all. Think hot flushes, memory loss and mood swings - men, you've got to see this.

To book: Phone 0800 111999

Open Mic Night

Date: Each Tues 13, 20, 27 Sep & so on through to 6 Dec
At: Brew Craft Beer Pub, 1103 Tutanekai St
Time: 9pm-12am
Restrictions: All ages
Cost: Free entry

With all the gear provided you will hear some talented people performing at Brew Bar. And, if you've a mind to, get up yourself. Anyone can do it. You never know, it could be the start of something big. Oh, and Brew Bar has award-winning craft beers.

The Rogue Lounge: Singer-Songwriters, Poets & Spoken Word Nite

Date: Every 3rd Thu of the month
At: Rogue Lounge, 1150 Pukuatua St
Time: 7-9.30pm
Cost: Free for all the family

Get together at this meeting of like-minded people; singers-songwriters, spoken word and poets, who share of themselves each week.

Find out more: The Rogue Stage

Aussie Rockers - Collins Class Bird Tour

Date: Fri 16 Sep
At: The Side Pocket Bar
Time: 8pm-12.45am
Restriction: R18
Cost: $5 Admission

Hard rock fans should be out in force to hear this Australian band on their first tour of NZ. Two successful EP's and a full length album, a large following in Queensland and Australasian finalists in the battle of the bands 2yrs running. Do I need to say more?

Learn more: Collins Class

Lizzie Marvelly - The 10 Years Tour

Date: Fri 16 Sep
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Cost: $49

To celebrate and mark a decade in the business of music, Rotorua's own, Lizzie Marvelly, will perform earlier plus brand new songs with her live band. Includes the song Made For You that featured in the Stan Walker film Born to Dance.

Ticketmaster: Lizzie Marvelly

NWNS Taini Jamison Trophy:
Silver Ferns v Jamaica

Date: Sat 17 Sep
At: Energy Events Centre, Queens Dr
Time: 5-8pm
Cost: Adults $40+, Child $15+, Family of 4 $22.25+

Exciting! The 3rd and final Test of the New World Netball Series. How could they not hold it here when the trophy is named after Rotorua's Taini Jamison, past coach of the Silver Ferns.

Ticketmaster: Silver Fern v Jamaica

The Arts Village Open Day

Date: Sat 17 Sep
At: Cnr  Hinemoa & Hinemaru Sts
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: Free admission

Pop along to find out what happens at the Arts Village, meet various groups and to see if you'd like to take part in any of the upcoming classes or events.

False Heights EP Fundraiser

Date: Sat 17 Sep
At: Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St
Time: 7pm-11pm
Cost: $10 Admission

Local duo, April Nesbit and Ashley Pirie, are setting out to record their first Extended Play album. But, they need help to reach their goal. There will be live music, raffles, merchandise, singles download codes and more.

Buy Tickets @ Eventbrite: False Heights EP Fundraiser


Date: Sun 18 Sep
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 2pm
Cost: $35

Lovers of Brahm's Double Concerto and Mozart's Symphony No. 25 will enjoy this, and also New Zealand composer Eve de Castro-Robinson's Releasing the Angel.

The three musicians, guest conductor Holly Mathieson, violinist Amalia Hall and cellist Edward King, are young and doing extremely well in their respective careers; Holly as Assistant Conductor in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Edward as Associate Principal Cellist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2017, and Amalia in her performances throughout Europe, USA and NZ.

Book at Ticketmaster: Connections

Rotorua UkeBox Ukulele Jam & Open Mic

Dates: Every 3rd Sun of the month - Sun 18 Sep
At: Rotorua Museum of Art & History, Oruawhata Dr, Govt Gardens
Time: 3-4.30pm
Cost: Free entry to mezzanine & Gold coin donation

Grab your ukulele, or warm up your vocal chords, and head along to the museum for a jam session led by our local group, The Thermaleles. It doesn't matter how little or how much you know, just have an intention to have fun.

Don't know the words or chords, it doesn't matter. It's projected onto the walls. Originals and old favourites alike will have the toes itching to tap.

Beyond the Barricade

Date: Sun 18 Sep
At: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St
Time: 7.30-10pm
Cost: From $74.90

Past and principal performers from the West End's Les Miserables take on West End musical greats in an action-packed 2½hr show. Promising to sound the same as the originals, how will they do it? Originals like Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys (loved that show), Miss Saigon, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more. With such a variety, it will be interesting to see.

Buy Tickests: Beyond the Barricade

Flip Out These School Holidays

Dates: Daily Fri 23 Sep - Fri 7 Oct
At: Flip Out Trampoline Arena, 12 Ti St
Times: 9am-10pm
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.

See more: Flip Out Rotorua

Funtime Carnival

Date: Sat 24 Sep - Sun 2 Oct
At: Village Green, Lakefront
Time: 1pm

Take 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. There's some exciting news to watch out for and a colouring competition in the local free paper.

Tiki Āhua - A Fashion, Art, Music & Dance Extravaganza

Date: Sat 24 Sep
At: Te Puia: NZ Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, Hemo Rd
Time: 6pm-12am
Cost: Adults from $35, Child to 17yrs with School ID from $25

Not only a fashion show that features 22 designers both emerging and established, but contemporary music, art, dance and live performances as well.

The theme: Kā Mura - Set Alight.

Find out more and Book: Tiki Āhua

Callum Gentleman Spring Tour

Date: Sat 24 Sep
At: Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St
Time: 7-11pm
Cost: Admission $15

Songs, possibly poetry, and plenty of banter, Callum Gentleman writes stories and puts them to music. Music about good people doing bad things, bad people who try to be good and often failing. Hmm, interesting.

Book on Eventfinder: Callum Gentleman Tour

Rotorua Museum of Art & History Things to Do in September

At: Oruawhata Dr, Govt Gardens
Opening Hours:
     Dec - Feb 9am - 6pm
     Mar - Nov 9am - 5pm
Admission Cost: Adults $20, Seniors $18, Children $8. Locals free with id.

As well as exhibitions, the Rotorua Museum always has something of interest happening for everyone. Activities and fun learning is the common order of the day for children so you know what to do, keep an eye out.

Special Events
Talk: Exploring the Mysteries of Rembrandt: Sat 3 Sep
Time: 2pm
Cost: Free with museum admission.
Head of the art history department at Auckland University, Dr Erin Griffey is an expert on all things Rembrandt.

School Holiday Activity Trail: Sat 24 Sep-Sun 9 Oct
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Free with admission
Grab your activity trail sheet from the front counter for lots of fun around a Dutch inspired theme.

School Holiday Drop-in Crafts: Mon 26-Fri 39 Sep and Mon 3-Fri 7 Oct
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: Free with admission
All the family can join in the activities to make windmills and tulips.

Visiting Exhibitions:
Rembrandt Remastered
: 57 digitally remastered works of Rembrandt. Expect the life size paintings to look as much as they did on leaving his workshop, about 400yrs ago.
Dates: On to Sun 20 Nov

Inner Worlds: The Art & Life of Walter Bakkenes: Paintings and sketches by this Dutch Immigrant showcase the consequences of war that carried on to shape his art practice. Includes pieces inspired by Rotorua's thermal activity, the natural world and a passion for music.
Dates: On to Sun 27 Nov

Permanent Exhibitions (Included with admission):
Taking the Cure - The story behind the Bath House Building: Find out why and how this world famous building came into being by exploring from the deepest recesses of the basement, through the mid-section, then on up through the roof-space and out onto to the rooftop viewing platform - with a birds-eye view over Rotorua. You can't help but be wowed.

Tudor Towers Restaurant, Cabaret and Night Club: From 1966 when the Bath House closed until 1990, the Towers was the place for entertainment. In that time it saw fine dining, cultural shows, and cabaret. Ah, those were the days. For many locals, it's a good place to relive those times - and fashions.

Ake! Ake! The story of B Company Māori Battalion: Set up to honour the young Māori men who fought in Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy during World War II, there are many photos, objects, and stories to read about in this exhibition. Follow that up with the 30min documentary about these young men in the small theatre.

Ngā Pumanawa o Te Arawa (The Beating Hearts of Te Arawa): There are many stories told in this exhibition. About the Te Arawa people's journey to New Zealand, and the events that have taken place since that shaped the people, the area, the settlers that came later, right up to the present time. Irreplaceable taonga (treasures) are found within these walls too.

Visit website to see more: Rotorua Museum of Art & History - What's on.

Mitre 10 Cup 2016: Bay of Plenty Steamers v Auckland

Dates: Sun 25 Sep
At: Rotorua International Stadium, Devon St West
Time: 4.35pm
Cost: Adult $20, Child $9, Family x 5 $46

Go the Steamers! It's not often we get major rugby games here so make the most of it folks. What else can I say, it's New Zealand's favourite sport if the news is anything to go by.

Buy Tickets online: BOP Steamers v Auckland

Adventuring Program for 5-7yr Olds

Dates: Sun 26-Fri 30 Sep
At: The Arts Village, Cnr Hinemoa & Hinemaru Sts
Time: 9am-3pm
Cost: $25 per day

Keep little fingers busy churning out pieces of art in a variety of fun ways. You never know, you might have the next Picasso on your hands.

Buy Tickets: Adventuring Program

School Holiday Program for 8-12yr Olds

Dates: Mon 26-Fri 30 Sep
At: The Arts Village, Cnr Hinemoa & Hinemaru Sts
Time: 9am-3pm
Cost: $25 per day

Practicing artists will teach practical art skills in a fun way using various activities.

Buy Tickets: Adventuring Program

Make, Create, Investigate - School Holiday Activities at Rotorua Library

Dates: Mon 26 Sep - Fri 7 Oct
At: 1238 Pukuatua St (new location)
Times: Various
Cost: Free admission

Check out the new location when taking the kiddies along for any of the free activities. Included is Making a Memory, Library Spy Challenges, Minecraft Mania Torch Craft, Investigate: Volcano Frenzy, Investigate: Musical Instruments, Minecraft Mania Pumpkin Paper Weaving, Toitoi Editor Visitor and Kids Code Cracker.

Learn more: Rotorua Library Make Create Investigate

Dexter's Amazing African Adventure

Date: Daily from Wed 28 Sep to Sun 9 Oct
At: The Blue Baths, Queens Drive
Time: 10.30am-12pm
Prices: Show $10, Show & Swim $15, Show, Swim & Drama Workshop $40, Drama Workshop $30

Adults too can enjoy the return of Dexter who this time, is magically transported to Africa to stop a poacher in his tracks with the help of furry, and not so furry friends. Prepare to be wildly entertained.

Book Online at The Blue Baths: Dexter's Amazing African Adventure

Animates Rotorua - School Holiday Activites

Date: Thu 29 Sep and Thu 6 Oct
At: Animates, 124 Lake Rd
Time: 11am-12pm
Price: Free

Teaching kiddies how to be a nurturing pet parent is a great skill to impart, so why not let the experts do it? You might get yourself a new pet while you're at it.

See more on Eventfinder: Rotorua Animates School Holiday Activities

Princes Gate Cabaret Dinner & Show

Date: Saturdays
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Time: 7pm-10pm
Price: Dinner, Show & Accommodation is $350 for 2 people. Dinner & Show is $178 for 2.

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 & Accommodation specials.

Bookings: Princes Gate Cabaret Dinner & Show

Coming Up in October

School holidays continue in the first week of the month, spring really gets underway with the annual Tulip Festival, and look out for the grand opening of the Rotorua Farmers Market. That will be a lot of fun. Things are really heating up now.

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