It doesn’t matter if you are planning a romantic weekend getaway, a family holiday or flying in from overseas, Rotorua has plenty to keep you entertained – whatever your time frame, interests or budget! From international sporting events and festivals to movie theatres, cultural performances and busking in the street, Rotorua has all the entertainment you could hope for during your stay in this magical part of New Zealand.
Rotorua is a popular holiday destination for families and has plenty of fun things for the entire family to enjoy together. The world-famous Agrodome sheep show is popular with Kiwi and international visitors due to the truly entertaining and interactive 3-hour show that features sheep, working dogs, cow milking and lamb feeding. Skyline Skyrides is another awesome place to keep the family entertained with a gondola ride up the side of Mt Ngongotaha and an exhilarating luge ride back down! For family entertainment that is a bit softer on the budget, check out the affordable family fun at Putt Putt Golf, here you can all play mini golf, take in the excitement of Grand Price Raceway and have a whirl on the Segway PT. There is also a great range of low cost family entertainment, such as catching the latest new release movie at the picture theatre or the Greerton Aquatic & Leisure Centre where the family can enjoy games, pool toys and plenty of fun!
The Rotorua International Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium that is used for national and international rugby and soccer matches. With a capacity to fit 34,000 people, the Rotorua International Stadium attracts many world-class entertainers and performers, including opera singers, top bands, singers and World Cup rugby games!
There are plenty of year round events to be enjoyed during your stay, including international Netball games and the Rotorua World Mountain Bike Champs, or smaller ‘Kiwi’ events such as the annual Rotorua Bike the Lake and the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge.
Evening entertainment is varied and plentiful within the region. If you feel like a relaxing drink and friendly atmosphere you might want to check out bars such as Hennessy’s or Telly O’Malleys Irish Pubs or the Pig and Whistle. Take in a game of pool or bout of Karaoke at the Kiwi Spirit Bar before dancing the night away on the biggest dance floor in Rotorua at the Grumpy Mole Saloon with the ‘younger set’. For a more stylish evening check out the premium beverages and superb cocktails at Seismic Gastrobar, or sample one of the many Belgian beers on offer at The Belgian Bar. If your budget is at the other end of the spectrum – don’t despair! The Lava Bar is popular with the backpacker set and offers plenty of fun and cheap drinks.
But wait! Rotorua isn’t just about bars and clubs! There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a delicious authentic Maori Hangi whilst enjoying a Maori concert. The Heritage Rotorua and Tamaki Maori Village offer a premier Maori cultural experience, or you can enjoy a concert and show with authentic New Zealand foods at Matariki – Novotel Lakeside and Rydges Rotorua.