• Tours & Events

    Tours & Events

    In 2013 Rotorua's reputation for hosting world-class events was internationally recognised with the presentation of an International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Festival and Event City Award. Rotoruawas in fact the only New Zealand region towin the award that year. From concerts and festivals to exhibitions and markets, Rotorua has a host of events throughout the year that ensure there's plenty of things for locals and visitors to the city to look forward to. Rotorua'scalender of events includes a constantly changing line-up of the music, sporting and lifestyle nature

    From concerts and festivals to exhibitions and markets, Rotorua has a host of events throughout the year that ensure there's plenty of things for locals and visitors to the city to look forward to.

    Rotorua's calender of events includes a constantly changing line-up of the music, sporting and lifestyle nature.

    There are also a large number of half and full Rotorua day tours that you can do, many of which relate to the city's incredible Maori cultural attractions.

     

 
1.Rotorua Bike Festival
1.Rotorua Bike Festival

Every year over 5000 entrants will take part in up to 30 events over 10 days in the world's premier all-year-round mountain biking destination in what is known simply as Rotorua Bike Festival.

Held in February each year since 2013, the Rotorua Bike Festival brings together just about every type of event on wheels. These include the National MTB Cross Country Championships, the Revolve Rotorua Ladies Road Ride, Tykes on Trikes, a Family Fun Ride, the 16" World Dual Slalom Champs and a variety of other biking events.

2. Rotorua Blues Festival
2. Rotorua Blues Festival

Every year on Queen's Birthday Weekend, thousands of Rotorua locals and visitors to the city congregate in downtown bars and restaurants to enjoy the Rotorua Blues Festival.

First held in Rotorua in 2006, this popular New Zealand event features an eclectic mix of blues bands from New Zealand and overseas playing both original and classic blues music.

Most of the free live music over the 2 day period (Saturday and Sunday) is held in Eat Street, which is Rotorua's premier eating and drinking destination.

3.Rotorua Marathon
3.Rotorua Marathon
The Rotorua Marathon is New Zealand's biggest and oldest marathon. It was first held in 1965 with just 16 runners competing. Today is sees several thousand runners attempt to complete a gruelling 42km circuit of Lake Rotorua.

The Rotorua Marathon starts at the Government Gardens and head out through Rotorua city, around the back of the lake over the Hamurana Hills. Runners then wind their way back towards Rotorua, completing the event by running under the historic Prince's Gate Archway up to the finish line.

The event is held on the last Saturday in April or the first Saturday in May each year. If the Rotorua Marathon is too big a challenge, you can opt to participate in either the Half Marathon (21.1km), Quarter marathon (10.5km) or Fun Run (5.5km).

4.Cat Eye Moonride
4.Cat Eye Moonride

Every year around 200 teams comprising over 1000 riders take part in the Moonride, one of the world's oldest team races held in the hours of darkness.

This cycle event first started as one of several events organised as part of the Mad, Mad Mid-Winter Festival in 1194. It is held on the weekend closest to a full moon, hence the name Moonride.

Over 20 years on and the Moonride is now held in March in the stunning Whakarewarewa Forest trails. The course sees mountain bike riders lit up light Xmas trees and competing solo or in teams of 4 - 5 for either a 6, 12 or 24 hour period.

5.Tough Guy & Gal Challenge
5.Tough Guy & Gal Challenge

If you liked to play in the mud and get as dirty as you could as a child then you'll love the Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, held in Rotorua every year.

The event is held at Lakes Ranch, an outdoor pursuit and equestrian centre situated 15 minutes' drive east of Rotorua. The Tough Guy & Gal Challenge is held in several major centres around New Zealand but Rotorua is the original home of the event.

It was first held in Rotorua in 2003 with a total of 432 competitors taking part in a challenge which involved a complete mud pit. Today the Rotorua version of the event is now held on three days on consecutive weekends and caters for up to 2000 competitors per day.