Rotorua is a key destination for world-class events

Rotorua is a key destination for world-class events

Tarawera Ultra Marathon

11 Feb 2017
The Tarawera Ultramarathon is a world-class event and a must-do for every runner looking to challenge themselves and experience their own adventure along some of the most beautiful trails in the world. This is New Zealand’s most prestigious ultramarathon and part of the 12-race Ultra-Trail World Tour.
Tarawera UltramaraTHON ROTORUA

Rotorua Bike Festival

10 -19 Feb 2017
Rotorua’s celebration of everything cycling! The Bike Festival brings together everything great about biking including the Big Bike Film Night, Ride the Runway, Bike the Lake, as well as heaps more fun and family friendly events.
Bike the Runway

Crankworx Rotorua

24 Mar - 2 Apr 2017
Where the world’s best mountain bikers descend - Crankworx Rotorua, a celebration of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and heart stopping drops of freeride mountain biking. This five day festival brings together the world’s best mountain bikers and includes some of the most spectacular downhill riding and extreme jump action in the MTB calendar.
crankworx rotorua


8 Apr 2017
New Zealand’s biggest multisport event and one of the biggest XTERRA events in the world: the Rotorua XTERRA Off-Road Festival. It offers a variety of options for participants in one of Rotorua’s most beautiful locations. From swimming in the pristine waters of Lake Tikitapu to mountain biking world famous trails in the Whakarewarewa forest, it has something for everyone. Enter as an individual, or round up some mates to form a team.
xterra multisport event rotorua

Tiki Ahua - Ka Mura

24 - 26 Sep 2017
Contemporary Māori Fashion & Design Show extravaganza, Tiki Āhua features outstanding fashion from emerging and established designers. From streetwear, jewellery and adornment, including daywear, evening to the avante-garde. Interwoven with contemporary music, art, dance, ta moko and live performances from New Zealand’s leading artists.
tiki ahua

Nduro Whaka100

28 - 29 Oct 2017
Whether you are in it to win or just out for the adventure, the 10th edition of the Whaka100 has garnered a reputation throughout the Southern Hemisphere as the best 100 kilometres of mountain bike racing in NZ. It is a fantastic achievement to complete.


Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50km

4 - 5 Nov 2017
This spectacular event takes in some of Rotorua’s magnificent thermal wonders, weaving through Pohutu Geyser in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Field, Hemo Gorge and alongside Puarenga Stream into the heart of Whakarewarewa Forest. A popular event that is accessible to everyone willing to give it a go.
Tarawera Trail


2 - 3 Dec 2017
A festival of a different kind is about to be added to the New Zealand international event calendar in the form of Mudtopia. This Rotorua Mud Festival will take place in downtown Rotorua and include a mud-arena, spa and wellness experiences, and education and historical story-telling.