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 29th. Don't they come around fast? Daylight Saving starts at 2am on Sunday the 30th 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 2, 16, 30 Sep.
Dates: Daily from Wed 26 Sep - Sun 14 Oct
Venue 1: Tihiotonga Centennial Park, Mokoia Drive
Venue 2: Waipa Mountain Bike Park, Waipa Mill Road
Scavenger Hunt!! Get out into our natural parks and reserves to solve clues, take photos and answer questions. Downloadable map and instruction sheet. As well as having fun you might win a prize too.
See more at: Virtually On Track
Date: Fri 28 Sep
At: Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Road
Time: Registration 1pm - Pizza & Prizegiving 4:30-5pm
Restrictions: All ages
Cost: U5yrs Free, Juniors $5, Senior $10
Have fun biking with the whole family looking for as many checkpoints as you can in 2hrs. Includes mystery activities for bonus points. There's also a dress-up competition, maybe your best pirate outfit. Ahoy me hearties!
See more at: www.obop.org.nz/mtb-adventure-quest-2018.html
Date: Fri 28 & Sat 29 Sep
At: Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St
Actors from local Shambles Theatre will provide the entertainment for this super sleuthing murder mystery evening. At the same time enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner, canapes and a beverage.
Buy Tickets: Princess Gate
Date: Sat 29 Sep
At: Blue Lake, Tarawera Road
Not for the faint-hearted. If you think a run around the 5.5km Blue Lake Trail is hard try repeating it over a period of 24 hours. Uh, nope? Or you could try the marathon that starts at midnight with 8 hours to complete the 8 laps. Mmm, maybe.
Find out more: www.facebook.com/bluelake24hr/
Date: Sat 29 & Sun 24 Sep
At: Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Rd
Cost: U12yrs free, Between $10-$90 for Juniors & Adults - Pay on the day if not booked online by 25 Sep
Fun sprint and long distance mountain bike orienteering events take place on the Saturday morning and afternoon, includes some Endur-O timed legs. Sunday morning take part in a MTB rogaine individually or as part of a team. There's also a Chilli Challenge to earn bonus rogaine points (feel the heat).
Learn more: www.obop.org.nz/vegas-vindaloo
Dates: Sat 29 Sep - Sat 6 Oct
At: Lakefront Village Green, Memorial Dr
Times: 1pm (weather dependent)
Rides, food and fun. The place for families or friends to come together and enjoy some light-hearted timeout on the Dodgems, Train, Explorer, Flying Dragons, Ferris Wheel and much more. Make sure your wallet is full, or get the evening Super Pass Special of $39. That's unlimited rides excluding the Turbo Boost from 7-10pm.
Check them out on Facebook: Rotorua Mega Fun Carnival
Date: Sat 29 Sep - 14 Oct
At: Rotorua Library, 1127 Haupapa St
Open Times: Mon-Wed 9am-5:30pm, Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm
Costs: From free to a gold coin koha (donation)
The library has a number of activities taking place, like solving an engineering puzzle, creating a Picasso mask, enjoying a rainbow dance party, learning how to care for animals, building a Lego Town and more.
As well kids can take part in The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt. 4 prizes are up for grabs. The clue sheets are available near the front door. Answer the questions from finding the clues scattered around the library and make sure the entry is in before the end of the school holidays.
Learn more: Rotorua Library School Holiday Activities
Dates: Mon 31 Dec
At: 1057 Arawa St (by entrance to Government Gardens)
Begin the celebration to see out the old year and in the new with a complimentary drink handed to you on arrival. You get to choose between 2 festive feasts, a 7-course degustation or 7-course vegan/vegetarian menu. Then, work it all off by dancing the night away to live music.
Bookings: Princes Gate Dinner & Dancing
School holidays continue in the first week of the month, and look out for the Rotorua Bike Festival towards the end of the month. That will be a lot of fun with at least one event to suit you. Things are really heating up now - still the occasional cold snap though.