• 21

      Jan 2019

      History of Children’s Day

      A photographic exhibition Come and view this special exhibition of photographs of the Redwoods Children’s Day in Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria. On display from 2 November 2018 until 24 January 2019, these beautiful images showcase the forest celebrations since its inception more than 18 years ago. The Travelling Tuataras were the first to organise a Family Fun Day in the Redwood Forest and this has evolved and grown over the years. Jill Walker of The Travelling Tuataras remembers that when they first began the event in the Redwoods they did not enjoy the forest for what it had to offer. They included activities into the forest activities which had little to do with the environment. They quickly embraced the special venue and changed the nature of activities to utilise the uniqueness of the forest and all it offers. In 2004 Rotorua Lakes Council joined forces with the Travelling Tuataras to make the event bigger and brighter. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to explore the forest in a new way and celebrate children in this beautiful playground. In 2009 Children’s Day was combined with the Redwoods Family Fun Day and in 2010 the first Redwoods Children’s Day celebrations were held. Children’s Day is a national celebration observed annually on the first Sunday in March and has become a much-loved date on the summer events calendar for families. The day’s success is only made possible by the incredible effort and support of community organisations, local artists and an enthusiastic team of volunteers. The Redwoods Forest brings families and nature together is the perfect setting for a day of celebration, offering endless possibilities for the exploration, creativity, imagination and fun. History of ‘Children’s Day at the Redwoods’ exhibition is on display in the Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria (Haupapa Street) from 2 November 2018 until 24 January 2019, Monday – Friday from 8am - 5pm (except from 12pm on the 21 December 2018 until 7 January 2018 when the council offices are closed).

      21

      Jan 2019

      Fun In The Sun

      Join our Summer Fun in the Sun activities this December and January and get out there to explore the natural lakes and beaches in the Bay of Plenty. With 12 activities on offer for each location, now's your chance to get active and explore the great parks and reserves in our region! Plus, there's loads of prizes up for grabs when you complete the activities between December 21 and January 31. To enter, upload a photo to Facebook or Instragram of your whanau completing an activity using hashtag #VOTfuninsun, and you'll go in the draw to WIN! The more activities you complete, then the more chances to win! Download your activity cards from the website. Competition open 21 December, 2018 to 31 January, 2019. Competitions T+Cs apply.

      21

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Lake Sculpture Trail

      Sixteen talented sculptors spent 10 days creating beautiful new sculptures, as part of the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. The new sculptures, relating to the symposium theme Nga Wai o Rotorua – The Waters of Rotorua, will join specially selected artworks from previous Sculpture Symposiums to become part of the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens, Rotorua. Have your say and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Explore the trail and vote for your favourite online to be in to win $100 prezzy card. Voting is open from 7 December 2018 - 17 January 2019. Vote here: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4719011/Rotorua-Sculpture-Trail-people-s-choice-vote-2018 The winning People’s Choice artist will receive $500 Bunnings voucher which will be announced at the end of the voting period on 18 February 2019.

      21

      Jan 2019

      200 Show Exhibition In the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries

      200 Show Exhibition in the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries, open to view during The Arts Village opening hours Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

      21

      Jan 2019

      Fish Out of Water Art Trail

      Explore central Rotorua this summer and find the beautiful decorated fish created by local artists. Get a free trail map from the Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or any of the Fish Host venues and find all 13 fish to go in the prize draw. You also get the chance to pick your favourite fish for the People’s Choice Award. The Fish out of Water Art Trail began 14 years ago to celebrate Rotorua’s magnificent lakes and fisheries. There are 16 lakes in the Rotorua region, and 15 of those are fishable. The fish stock is mainly rainbow and brown trout with brook char and tiger trout also present. Big thanks to the Fish Host venues: - The Living Room Collective - Sole Outlet - Trade Aid - Atlantis Books - O’Keefe’s Anglers Depot - Café de Paris - Artworks - The Rotorua Cycle Centre - The Arts Village - Sustain Vegetarian Takeaways - McLeods Booksellers - Simply Different - Rotorua iSite Take a picture with your favourite fish and tag us in! @Fishoutofwaterrotorua #Fishoutofwaterrotorua Entries need to be received by 5pm, Sunday 3 February 2019. Enter at the Rotorua iSite or any of the Fish Host locations.

      21

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Museum Summer Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet

      Enjoy this summer holiday boredom buster as kids chose different activities to be in to win some great prizes. Running from 7 January until 11 February 2019 you can collect the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet from Rotorua Lakes Council reception or download from the Rotorua Museum website. The aim is to move from the start square to the finish square in any order, completing various tasks and exploring central Rotorua in the process. From finding out fun facts about Governments Gardens to making some art, from checking out the new sculptures to writing a story, there are lots fun challenges to do. Children must be accompanied by adults when out and about. We would love to see your photos along the way so please share on @RotoruaMuseum or tag #RotoruaMuseum Once you have coloured in your completed challenge boxes (minimum of six), fill in the entry details on the bottom of the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet, and enter at Rotorua Lakes Council reception by 12pm on Monday 11 February 2019 to be in the draw for a prize pack. Have a fantastic, safe summer! For further information contact rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz or phone 07 351 8055.

      21

      Jan 2019

      Jade Discovery Tour

      Discover how we handcraft jade on a free guided tour of our workshop. Meet New Zealand’s finest jade artists and see them at work transforming jade into art. Learn about the machinery involved in the carving process and explore the cultural influences and symbolic meanings behind the carved designs. Take a journey into the history of jade from around the world and get up close to the stone that has been treasured for thousands of years. You’ll also learn how jade is formed and about the variations in colour. Our Discovery Tour is free and runs on demand 10am-5pm daily throughout summer, it lasts approximately 20 minutes and no bookings are needed.

    • 22

      Jan 2019

      History of Children’s Day

      A photographic exhibition Come and view this special exhibition of photographs of the Redwoods Children’s Day in Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria. On display from 2 November 2018 until 24 January 2019, these beautiful images showcase the forest celebrations since its inception more than 18 years ago. The Travelling Tuataras were the first to organise a Family Fun Day in the Redwood Forest and this has evolved and grown over the years. Jill Walker of The Travelling Tuataras remembers that when they first began the event in the Redwoods they did not enjoy the forest for what it had to offer. They included activities into the forest activities which had little to do with the environment. They quickly embraced the special venue and changed the nature of activities to utilise the uniqueness of the forest and all it offers. In 2004 Rotorua Lakes Council joined forces with the Travelling Tuataras to make the event bigger and brighter. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to explore the forest in a new way and celebrate children in this beautiful playground. In 2009 Children’s Day was combined with the Redwoods Family Fun Day and in 2010 the first Redwoods Children’s Day celebrations were held. Children’s Day is a national celebration observed annually on the first Sunday in March and has become a much-loved date on the summer events calendar for families. The day’s success is only made possible by the incredible effort and support of community organisations, local artists and an enthusiastic team of volunteers. The Redwoods Forest brings families and nature together is the perfect setting for a day of celebration, offering endless possibilities for the exploration, creativity, imagination and fun. History of ‘Children’s Day at the Redwoods’ exhibition is on display in the Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria (Haupapa Street) from 2 November 2018 until 24 January 2019, Monday – Friday from 8am - 5pm (except from 12pm on the 21 December 2018 until 7 January 2018 when the council offices are closed).

      22

      Jan 2019

      Fun In The Sun

      Join our Summer Fun in the Sun activities this December and January and get out there to explore the natural lakes and beaches in the Bay of Plenty. With 12 activities on offer for each location, now's your chance to get active and explore the great parks and reserves in our region! Plus, there's loads of prizes up for grabs when you complete the activities between December 21 and January 31. To enter, upload a photo to Facebook or Instragram of your whanau completing an activity using hashtag #VOTfuninsun, and you'll go in the draw to WIN! The more activities you complete, then the more chances to win! Download your activity cards from the website. Competition open 21 December, 2018 to 31 January, 2019. Competitions T+Cs apply.

      22

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Lake Sculpture Trail

      Sixteen talented sculptors spent 10 days creating beautiful new sculptures, as part of the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. The new sculptures, relating to the symposium theme Nga Wai o Rotorua – The Waters of Rotorua, will join specially selected artworks from previous Sculpture Symposiums to become part of the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens, Rotorua. Have your say and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Explore the trail and vote for your favourite online to be in to win $100 prezzy card. Voting is open from 7 December 2018 - 17 January 2019. Vote here: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4719011/Rotorua-Sculpture-Trail-people-s-choice-vote-2018 The winning People’s Choice artist will receive $500 Bunnings voucher which will be announced at the end of the voting period on 18 February 2019.

      22

      Jan 2019

      200 Show Exhibition In the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries

      200 Show Exhibition in the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries, open to view during The Arts Village opening hours Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

      22

      Jan 2019

      Fish Out of Water Art Trail

      Explore central Rotorua this summer and find the beautiful decorated fish created by local artists. Get a free trail map from the Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or any of the Fish Host venues and find all 13 fish to go in the prize draw. You also get the chance to pick your favourite fish for the People’s Choice Award. The Fish out of Water Art Trail began 14 years ago to celebrate Rotorua’s magnificent lakes and fisheries. There are 16 lakes in the Rotorua region, and 15 of those are fishable. The fish stock is mainly rainbow and brown trout with brook char and tiger trout also present. Big thanks to the Fish Host venues: - The Living Room Collective - Sole Outlet - Trade Aid - Atlantis Books - O’Keefe’s Anglers Depot - Café de Paris - Artworks - The Rotorua Cycle Centre - The Arts Village - Sustain Vegetarian Takeaways - McLeods Booksellers - Simply Different - Rotorua iSite Take a picture with your favourite fish and tag us in! @Fishoutofwaterrotorua #Fishoutofwaterrotorua Entries need to be received by 5pm, Sunday 3 February 2019. Enter at the Rotorua iSite or any of the Fish Host locations.

      22

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Museum Summer Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet

      Enjoy this summer holiday boredom buster as kids chose different activities to be in to win some great prizes. Running from 7 January until 11 February 2019 you can collect the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet from Rotorua Lakes Council reception or download from the Rotorua Museum website. The aim is to move from the start square to the finish square in any order, completing various tasks and exploring central Rotorua in the process. From finding out fun facts about Governments Gardens to making some art, from checking out the new sculptures to writing a story, there are lots fun challenges to do. Children must be accompanied by adults when out and about. We would love to see your photos along the way so please share on @RotoruaMuseum or tag #RotoruaMuseum Once you have coloured in your completed challenge boxes (minimum of six), fill in the entry details on the bottom of the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet, and enter at Rotorua Lakes Council reception by 12pm on Monday 11 February 2019 to be in the draw for a prize pack. Have a fantastic, safe summer! For further information contact rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz or phone 07 351 8055.

      22

      Jan 2019

      Jade Discovery Tour

      Discover how we handcraft jade on a free guided tour of our workshop. Meet New Zealand’s finest jade artists and see them at work transforming jade into art. Learn about the machinery involved in the carving process and explore the cultural influences and symbolic meanings behind the carved designs. Take a journey into the history of jade from around the world and get up close to the stone that has been treasured for thousands of years. You’ll also learn how jade is formed and about the variations in colour. Our Discovery Tour is free and runs on demand 10am-5pm daily throughout summer, it lasts approximately 20 minutes and no bookings are needed.

      22

      Jan 2019

      Pub Quiz Night

      - If you are in Rotorua on Tuesday - Do not miss this! - Come and test your knowledge against the famous Believe It Or Not questions. With a pre-quiz game, and other on-the-spot prizes, and Bar Tab's, everyone can be a winner! Join us for two hours of exciting big screen trivia action.With brand new themed rounds each and every week there is something for everyone. The Quiz is free to play - Get a team together (2 or more) and come on down for stacks of fun! All content is fair, fresh but challenging and it doesn't matter if you're 18 or 118, there'll be answers that you will help out with This is an Event for people 18+ only - Free Off Street Car Parking for 100+ Cars - Great selection of food available - Hot Food and Bar Snacks - Awesome bar staff! - Courtesy Pick Up and Drop-Off Van (Conditions Apply) - Come on down for Rotorua's famous RotoVegas Quiz Night.

      22

      Jan 2019

      Club Cabaret - Summer Show 2019

      Let the night seduce you…Blue Baths famous Summer Show is back featuring a star cast for Club Cabaret. Welcome to Club Cabaret. The drinks are flowing, the music is pumping, and our performers are ready to entertain you. Slip into your best outfit, grab your best friends, and join us for a star-studded, spellbinding evening of dazzling circus, sultry songs, and mind-bending magic. It’s a variety show of epic proportions that will leave you in awe. We’ve gathered together some of the hottest cabaret acts that New Zealand has to offer for a night you will never forget, so come along and bathe in the glitz and glamour that is Club Cabaret. Dates: Shows from Thursday 10th January –through til’ Saturday 9th February. (Selected dates only). Pricing: - Early bird ticket ($10 off all tickets for the first two weeks of the show – valid for bookings taken before 31st December) - use discount code EARLY10 - General admission $45 (Theatre style seating, first come, first served) *Cheap Tuesday general admission $25 - Premium seating $55 (Allocated Table Seating) *Cheap Tuesday premium seating $35 - Senior & students $35 *Cheap Tuesday senior & students $25 - Child (5-12years) $25 *Cheap Tuesday child $15 - VIP Group (4 people) $260 This special VIP Group Ticket includes table seating, platter to share and a bottle of bubbles! Timings: Bar and kitchen open from 7pm, Show will begin at 8pm. Sunday matinee, show starts at 4pm. Bar and kitchen open from 3pm. The Show will run for 2hours 15Minutes including intermission. Book now! FAQs What are my parking options for the event? Plenty of Free parking is available in the Government Gardens How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Contact Blue Baths on 07 350 2119 or info@bluebaths.co.nz Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No need to bring your printed ticket as we have a door list which we check off on arrival.

    • 23

      Jan 2019

      History of Children’s Day

      A photographic exhibition Come and view this special exhibition of photographs of the Redwoods Children’s Day in Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria. On display from 2 November 2018 until 24 January 2019, these beautiful images showcase the forest celebrations since its inception more than 18 years ago. The Travelling Tuataras were the first to organise a Family Fun Day in the Redwood Forest and this has evolved and grown over the years. Jill Walker of The Travelling Tuataras remembers that when they first began the event in the Redwoods they did not enjoy the forest for what it had to offer. They included activities into the forest activities which had little to do with the environment. They quickly embraced the special venue and changed the nature of activities to utilise the uniqueness of the forest and all it offers. In 2004 Rotorua Lakes Council joined forces with the Travelling Tuataras to make the event bigger and brighter. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to explore the forest in a new way and celebrate children in this beautiful playground. In 2009 Children’s Day was combined with the Redwoods Family Fun Day and in 2010 the first Redwoods Children’s Day celebrations were held. Children’s Day is a national celebration observed annually on the first Sunday in March and has become a much-loved date on the summer events calendar for families. The day’s success is only made possible by the incredible effort and support of community organisations, local artists and an enthusiastic team of volunteers. The Redwoods Forest brings families and nature together is the perfect setting for a day of celebration, offering endless possibilities for the exploration, creativity, imagination and fun. History of ‘Children’s Day at the Redwoods’ exhibition is on display in the Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria (Haupapa Street) from 2 November 2018 until 24 January 2019, Monday – Friday from 8am - 5pm (except from 12pm on the 21 December 2018 until 7 January 2018 when the council offices are closed).

      23

      Jan 2019

      Fun In The Sun

      Join our Summer Fun in the Sun activities this December and January and get out there to explore the natural lakes and beaches in the Bay of Plenty. With 12 activities on offer for each location, now's your chance to get active and explore the great parks and reserves in our region! Plus, there's loads of prizes up for grabs when you complete the activities between December 21 and January 31. To enter, upload a photo to Facebook or Instragram of your whanau completing an activity using hashtag #VOTfuninsun, and you'll go in the draw to WIN! The more activities you complete, then the more chances to win! Download your activity cards from the website. Competition open 21 December, 2018 to 31 January, 2019. Competitions T+Cs apply.

      23

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Lake Sculpture Trail

      Sixteen talented sculptors spent 10 days creating beautiful new sculptures, as part of the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. The new sculptures, relating to the symposium theme Nga Wai o Rotorua – The Waters of Rotorua, will join specially selected artworks from previous Sculpture Symposiums to become part of the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens, Rotorua. Have your say and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Explore the trail and vote for your favourite online to be in to win $100 prezzy card. Voting is open from 7 December 2018 - 17 January 2019. Vote here: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4719011/Rotorua-Sculpture-Trail-people-s-choice-vote-2018 The winning People’s Choice artist will receive $500 Bunnings voucher which will be announced at the end of the voting period on 18 February 2019.

      23

      Jan 2019

      200 Show Exhibition In the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries

      200 Show Exhibition in the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries, open to view during The Arts Village opening hours Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

      23

      Jan 2019

      Fish Out of Water Art Trail

      Explore central Rotorua this summer and find the beautiful decorated fish created by local artists. Get a free trail map from the Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or any of the Fish Host venues and find all 13 fish to go in the prize draw. You also get the chance to pick your favourite fish for the People’s Choice Award. The Fish out of Water Art Trail began 14 years ago to celebrate Rotorua’s magnificent lakes and fisheries. There are 16 lakes in the Rotorua region, and 15 of those are fishable. The fish stock is mainly rainbow and brown trout with brook char and tiger trout also present. Big thanks to the Fish Host venues: - The Living Room Collective - Sole Outlet - Trade Aid - Atlantis Books - O’Keefe’s Anglers Depot - Café de Paris - Artworks - The Rotorua Cycle Centre - The Arts Village - Sustain Vegetarian Takeaways - McLeods Booksellers - Simply Different - Rotorua iSite Take a picture with your favourite fish and tag us in! @Fishoutofwaterrotorua #Fishoutofwaterrotorua Entries need to be received by 5pm, Sunday 3 February 2019. Enter at the Rotorua iSite or any of the Fish Host locations.

      23

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Museum Summer Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet

      Enjoy this summer holiday boredom buster as kids chose different activities to be in to win some great prizes. Running from 7 January until 11 February 2019 you can collect the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet from Rotorua Lakes Council reception or download from the Rotorua Museum website. The aim is to move from the start square to the finish square in any order, completing various tasks and exploring central Rotorua in the process. From finding out fun facts about Governments Gardens to making some art, from checking out the new sculptures to writing a story, there are lots fun challenges to do. Children must be accompanied by adults when out and about. We would love to see your photos along the way so please share on @RotoruaMuseum or tag #RotoruaMuseum Once you have coloured in your completed challenge boxes (minimum of six), fill in the entry details on the bottom of the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet, and enter at Rotorua Lakes Council reception by 12pm on Monday 11 February 2019 to be in the draw for a prize pack. Have a fantastic, safe summer! For further information contact rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz or phone 07 351 8055.

      23

      Jan 2019

      Jade Discovery Tour

      Discover how we handcraft jade on a free guided tour of our workshop. Meet New Zealand’s finest jade artists and see them at work transforming jade into art. Learn about the machinery involved in the carving process and explore the cultural influences and symbolic meanings behind the carved designs. Take a journey into the history of jade from around the world and get up close to the stone that has been treasured for thousands of years. You’ll also learn how jade is formed and about the variations in colour. Our Discovery Tour is free and runs on demand 10am-5pm daily throughout summer, it lasts approximately 20 minutes and no bookings are needed.

      23

      Jan 2019

      Children’s Garden Tours

      Kids are invited to learn how volcanic eruptions formed Rotorua, hear about the ferocious battles that took place, and explore the gardens around our historic buildings. Rotorua Museum are hosting these fun and engaging free tours for children around Government Gardens on Wednesdays in January 2019 (excluding 2 January). Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 10.30am Wednesday 16 January 2019 at 10.30am Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 10.30am Wednesday 30 January 2019 at 10.30am Gather at the front of the Museum for the start of the tour where children will need to be accompanied by an adult. Participants are advised to bring good walking shoes and clothing suitable for the weather (sun hats, suntan lotion, water etc). The tours are weather dependent and if raining will not take place. For further information contact rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz or phone 07 351 8055.

      23

      Jan 2019

      Blowing Demonstrations

      Take a break from all the action packed adventures on offer in Rotorua and come visit the only hot glass studio in town for a glass blowing demonstration. Our live demos let you see art created from molten glass right before your eyes! Every afternoon from Wednesday to Monday come visit Amokura Glass and you can watch the age old at of glass blowing. This is also a great opportunity to meet the artist herself and get some insights into how each piece is made. Witnessing a glass blowing demo is one of the most unique and fascinating things to do in Rotorua, especially on a rainy day!

      23

      Jan 2019

      Club Cabaret - Summer Show 2019

      Let the night seduce you…Blue Baths famous Summer Show is back featuring a star cast for Club Cabaret. Welcome to Club Cabaret. The drinks are flowing, the music is pumping, and our performers are ready to entertain you. Slip into your best outfit, grab your best friends, and join us for a star-studded, spellbinding evening of dazzling circus, sultry songs, and mind-bending magic. It’s a variety show of epic proportions that will leave you in awe. We’ve gathered together some of the hottest cabaret acts that New Zealand has to offer for a night you will never forget, so come along and bathe in the glitz and glamour that is Club Cabaret. Dates: Shows from Thursday 10th January –through til’ Saturday 9th February. (Selected dates only). Pricing: - Early bird ticket ($10 off all tickets for the first two weeks of the show – valid for bookings taken before 31st December) - use discount code EARLY10 - General admission $45 (Theatre style seating, first come, first served) *Cheap Tuesday general admission $25 - Premium seating $55 (Allocated Table Seating) *Cheap Tuesday premium seating $35 - Senior & students $35 *Cheap Tuesday senior & students $25 - Child (5-12years) $25 *Cheap Tuesday child $15 - VIP Group (4 people) $260 This special VIP Group Ticket includes table seating, platter to share and a bottle of bubbles! Timings: Bar and kitchen open from 7pm, Show will begin at 8pm. Sunday matinee, show starts at 4pm. Bar and kitchen open from 3pm. The Show will run for 2hours 15Minutes including intermission. Book now! FAQs What are my parking options for the event? Plenty of Free parking is available in the Government Gardens How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Contact Blue Baths on 07 350 2119 or info@bluebaths.co.nz Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No need to bring your printed ticket as we have a door list which we check off on arrival.

    • 24

      Jan 2019

      History of Children’s Day

      A photographic exhibition Come and view this special exhibition of photographs of the Redwoods Children’s Day in Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria. On display from 2 November 2018 until 24 January 2019, these beautiful images showcase the forest celebrations since its inception more than 18 years ago. The Travelling Tuataras were the first to organise a Family Fun Day in the Redwood Forest and this has evolved and grown over the years. Jill Walker of The Travelling Tuataras remembers that when they first began the event in the Redwoods they did not enjoy the forest for what it had to offer. They included activities into the forest activities which had little to do with the environment. They quickly embraced the special venue and changed the nature of activities to utilise the uniqueness of the forest and all it offers. In 2004 Rotorua Lakes Council joined forces with the Travelling Tuataras to make the event bigger and brighter. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to explore the forest in a new way and celebrate children in this beautiful playground. In 2009 Children’s Day was combined with the Redwoods Family Fun Day and in 2010 the first Redwoods Children’s Day celebrations were held. Children’s Day is a national celebration observed annually on the first Sunday in March and has become a much-loved date on the summer events calendar for families. The day’s success is only made possible by the incredible effort and support of community organisations, local artists and an enthusiastic team of volunteers. The Redwoods Forest brings families and nature together is the perfect setting for a day of celebration, offering endless possibilities for the exploration, creativity, imagination and fun. History of ‘Children’s Day at the Redwoods’ exhibition is on display in the Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria (Haupapa Street) from 2 November 2018 until 24 January 2019, Monday – Friday from 8am - 5pm (except from 12pm on the 21 December 2018 until 7 January 2018 when the council offices are closed).

      24

      Jan 2019

      Fun In The Sun

      Join our Summer Fun in the Sun activities this December and January and get out there to explore the natural lakes and beaches in the Bay of Plenty. With 12 activities on offer for each location, now's your chance to get active and explore the great parks and reserves in our region! Plus, there's loads of prizes up for grabs when you complete the activities between December 21 and January 31. To enter, upload a photo to Facebook or Instragram of your whanau completing an activity using hashtag #VOTfuninsun, and you'll go in the draw to WIN! The more activities you complete, then the more chances to win! Download your activity cards from the website. Competition open 21 December, 2018 to 31 January, 2019. Competitions T+Cs apply.

      24

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Lake Sculpture Trail

      Sixteen talented sculptors spent 10 days creating beautiful new sculptures, as part of the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. The new sculptures, relating to the symposium theme Nga Wai o Rotorua – The Waters of Rotorua, will join specially selected artworks from previous Sculpture Symposiums to become part of the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens, Rotorua. Have your say and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Explore the trail and vote for your favourite online to be in to win $100 prezzy card. Voting is open from 7 December 2018 - 17 January 2019. Vote here: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4719011/Rotorua-Sculpture-Trail-people-s-choice-vote-2018 The winning People’s Choice artist will receive $500 Bunnings voucher which will be announced at the end of the voting period on 18 February 2019.

      24

      Jan 2019

      200 Show Exhibition In the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries

      200 Show Exhibition in the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries, open to view during The Arts Village opening hours Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

      24

      Jan 2019

      Fish Out of Water Art Trail

      Explore central Rotorua this summer and find the beautiful decorated fish created by local artists. Get a free trail map from the Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or any of the Fish Host venues and find all 13 fish to go in the prize draw. You also get the chance to pick your favourite fish for the People’s Choice Award. The Fish out of Water Art Trail began 14 years ago to celebrate Rotorua’s magnificent lakes and fisheries. There are 16 lakes in the Rotorua region, and 15 of those are fishable. The fish stock is mainly rainbow and brown trout with brook char and tiger trout also present. Big thanks to the Fish Host venues: - The Living Room Collective - Sole Outlet - Trade Aid - Atlantis Books - O’Keefe’s Anglers Depot - Café de Paris - Artworks - The Rotorua Cycle Centre - The Arts Village - Sustain Vegetarian Takeaways - McLeods Booksellers - Simply Different - Rotorua iSite Take a picture with your favourite fish and tag us in! @Fishoutofwaterrotorua #Fishoutofwaterrotorua Entries need to be received by 5pm, Sunday 3 February 2019. Enter at the Rotorua iSite or any of the Fish Host locations.

      24

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Museum Summer Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet

      Enjoy this summer holiday boredom buster as kids chose different activities to be in to win some great prizes. Running from 7 January until 11 February 2019 you can collect the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet from Rotorua Lakes Council reception or download from the Rotorua Museum website. The aim is to move from the start square to the finish square in any order, completing various tasks and exploring central Rotorua in the process. From finding out fun facts about Governments Gardens to making some art, from checking out the new sculptures to writing a story, there are lots fun challenges to do. Children must be accompanied by adults when out and about. We would love to see your photos along the way so please share on @RotoruaMuseum or tag #RotoruaMuseum Once you have coloured in your completed challenge boxes (minimum of six), fill in the entry details on the bottom of the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet, and enter at Rotorua Lakes Council reception by 12pm on Monday 11 February 2019 to be in the draw for a prize pack. Have a fantastic, safe summer! For further information contact rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz or phone 07 351 8055.

      24

      Jan 2019

      Jade Discovery Tour

      Discover how we handcraft jade on a free guided tour of our workshop. Meet New Zealand’s finest jade artists and see them at work transforming jade into art. Learn about the machinery involved in the carving process and explore the cultural influences and symbolic meanings behind the carved designs. Take a journey into the history of jade from around the world and get up close to the stone that has been treasured for thousands of years. You’ll also learn how jade is formed and about the variations in colour. Our Discovery Tour is free and runs on demand 10am-5pm daily throughout summer, it lasts approximately 20 minutes and no bookings are needed.

      24

      Jan 2019

      Blowing Demonstrations

      Take a break from all the action packed adventures on offer in Rotorua and come visit the only hot glass studio in town for a glass blowing demonstration. Our live demos let you see art created from molten glass right before your eyes! Every afternoon from Wednesday to Monday come visit Amokura Glass and you can watch the age old at of glass blowing. This is also a great opportunity to meet the artist herself and get some insights into how each piece is made. Witnessing a glass blowing demo is one of the most unique and fascinating things to do in Rotorua, especially on a rainy day!

      24

      Jan 2019

      Karaoke Night

      - This Event is for people Aged 18+ - Free Entry - Good prizes. - Karaoke at VC's Turf Bar is where you get to be the star with MC Nicole - Great selection of food available - Thousands of songs to choose from - very friendly atmosphere - Bring a Mate or a Group of Friends - you are the entertainment - Complimentary Snacks Served - awesome bar staff! - Courtesy Drop-Off Van (Conditions Apply) Come on down for Rotorua's CBD's famous Roto-Vegas Karaoke Night. Join us with MC Nicole. Drink specials—it's where all the locals in the know go.

      24

      Jan 2019

      Club Cabaret - Summer Show 2019

      Let the night seduce you…Blue Baths famous Summer Show is back featuring a star cast for Club Cabaret. Welcome to Club Cabaret. The drinks are flowing, the music is pumping, and our performers are ready to entertain you. Slip into your best outfit, grab your best friends, and join us for a star-studded, spellbinding evening of dazzling circus, sultry songs, and mind-bending magic. It’s a variety show of epic proportions that will leave you in awe. We’ve gathered together some of the hottest cabaret acts that New Zealand has to offer for a night you will never forget, so come along and bathe in the glitz and glamour that is Club Cabaret. Dates: Shows from Thursday 10th January –through til’ Saturday 9th February. (Selected dates only). Pricing: - Early bird ticket ($10 off all tickets for the first two weeks of the show – valid for bookings taken before 31st December) - use discount code EARLY10 - General admission $45 (Theatre style seating, first come, first served) *Cheap Tuesday general admission $25 - Premium seating $55 (Allocated Table Seating) *Cheap Tuesday premium seating $35 - Senior & students $35 *Cheap Tuesday senior & students $25 - Child (5-12years) $25 *Cheap Tuesday child $15 - VIP Group (4 people) $260 This special VIP Group Ticket includes table seating, platter to share and a bottle of bubbles! Timings: Bar and kitchen open from 7pm, Show will begin at 8pm. Sunday matinee, show starts at 4pm. Bar and kitchen open from 3pm. The Show will run for 2hours 15Minutes including intermission. Book now! FAQs What are my parking options for the event? Plenty of Free parking is available in the Government Gardens How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Contact Blue Baths on 07 350 2119 or info@bluebaths.co.nz Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No need to bring your printed ticket as we have a door list which we check off on arrival.

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      Jan 2019

      Fun In The Sun

      Join our Summer Fun in the Sun activities this December and January and get out there to explore the natural lakes and beaches in the Bay of Plenty. With 12 activities on offer for each location, now's your chance to get active and explore the great parks and reserves in our region! Plus, there's loads of prizes up for grabs when you complete the activities between December 21 and January 31. To enter, upload a photo to Facebook or Instragram of your whanau completing an activity using hashtag #VOTfuninsun, and you'll go in the draw to WIN! The more activities you complete, then the more chances to win! Download your activity cards from the website. Competition open 21 December, 2018 to 31 January, 2019. Competitions T+Cs apply.

      25

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Lake Sculpture Trail

      Sixteen talented sculptors spent 10 days creating beautiful new sculptures, as part of the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. The new sculptures, relating to the symposium theme Nga Wai o Rotorua – The Waters of Rotorua, will join specially selected artworks from previous Sculpture Symposiums to become part of the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens, Rotorua. Have your say and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Explore the trail and vote for your favourite online to be in to win $100 prezzy card. Voting is open from 7 December 2018 - 17 January 2019. Vote here: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4719011/Rotorua-Sculpture-Trail-people-s-choice-vote-2018 The winning People’s Choice artist will receive $500 Bunnings voucher which will be announced at the end of the voting period on 18 February 2019.

      25

      Jan 2019

      200 Show Exhibition In the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries

      200 Show Exhibition in the Mosaic and Cottage Galleries, open to view during The Arts Village opening hours Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

      25

      Jan 2019

      Fish Out of Water Art Trail

      Explore central Rotorua this summer and find the beautiful decorated fish created by local artists. Get a free trail map from the Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or any of the Fish Host venues and find all 13 fish to go in the prize draw. You also get the chance to pick your favourite fish for the People’s Choice Award. The Fish out of Water Art Trail began 14 years ago to celebrate Rotorua’s magnificent lakes and fisheries. There are 16 lakes in the Rotorua region, and 15 of those are fishable. The fish stock is mainly rainbow and brown trout with brook char and tiger trout also present. Big thanks to the Fish Host venues: - The Living Room Collective - Sole Outlet - Trade Aid - Atlantis Books - O’Keefe’s Anglers Depot - Café de Paris - Artworks - The Rotorua Cycle Centre - The Arts Village - Sustain Vegetarian Takeaways - McLeods Booksellers - Simply Different - Rotorua iSite Take a picture with your favourite fish and tag us in! @Fishoutofwaterrotorua #Fishoutofwaterrotorua Entries need to be received by 5pm, Sunday 3 February 2019. Enter at the Rotorua iSite or any of the Fish Host locations.

      25

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Museum Summer Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet

      Enjoy this summer holiday boredom buster as kids chose different activities to be in to win some great prizes. Running from 7 January until 11 February 2019 you can collect the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet from Rotorua Lakes Council reception or download from the Rotorua Museum website. The aim is to move from the start square to the finish square in any order, completing various tasks and exploring central Rotorua in the process. From finding out fun facts about Governments Gardens to making some art, from checking out the new sculptures to writing a story, there are lots fun challenges to do. Children must be accompanied by adults when out and about. We would love to see your photos along the way so please share on @RotoruaMuseum or tag #RotoruaMuseum Once you have coloured in your completed challenge boxes (minimum of six), fill in the entry details on the bottom of the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet, and enter at Rotorua Lakes Council reception by 12pm on Monday 11 February 2019 to be in the draw for a prize pack. Have a fantastic, safe summer! For further information contact rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz or phone 07 351 8055.

      25

      Jan 2019

      Jade Discovery Tour

      Discover how we handcraft jade on a free guided tour of our workshop. Meet New Zealand’s finest jade artists and see them at work transforming jade into art. Learn about the machinery involved in the carving process and explore the cultural influences and symbolic meanings behind the carved designs. Take a journey into the history of jade from around the world and get up close to the stone that has been treasured for thousands of years. You’ll also learn how jade is formed and about the variations in colour. Our Discovery Tour is free and runs on demand 10am-5pm daily throughout summer, it lasts approximately 20 minutes and no bookings are needed.

      25

      Jan 2019

      Blowing Demonstrations

      Take a break from all the action packed adventures on offer in Rotorua and come visit the only hot glass studio in town for a glass blowing demonstration. Our live demos let you see art created from molten glass right before your eyes! Every afternoon from Wednesday to Monday come visit Amokura Glass and you can watch the age old at of glass blowing. This is also a great opportunity to meet the artist herself and get some insights into how each piece is made. Witnessing a glass blowing demo is one of the most unique and fascinating things to do in Rotorua, especially on a rainy day!

      25

      Jan 2019

      Karaoke Night

      - This is an Event for people 18+ only - Free Entry - Good prizes - Free Off Street Car Parking for 100+ Cars - Karaoke at Mitchell Downs Tavern is where you get to be the star with MC Nicole - Great selection of food available - Hot Food and Bar Snacks - Thousands of songs to choose from - very friendly atmosphere - Bring a Mate or a Group of Friends - you are the entertainment - Awesome bar staff! - Courtesy Drop-Off Van (Conditions Apply) Come on down for Rotorua's famous Roto-Vegas Karaoke Night. Join us with MC Nicole. Drink specials—it's where all the locals in the know go.

      25

      Jan 2019

      Club Cabaret - Summer Show 2019

      Let the night seduce you…Blue Baths famous Summer Show is back featuring a star cast for Club Cabaret. Welcome to Club Cabaret. The drinks are flowing, the music is pumping, and our performers are ready to entertain you. Slip into your best outfit, grab your best friends, and join us for a star-studded, spellbinding evening of dazzling circus, sultry songs, and mind-bending magic. It’s a variety show of epic proportions that will leave you in awe. We’ve gathered together some of the hottest cabaret acts that New Zealand has to offer for a night you will never forget, so come along and bathe in the glitz and glamour that is Club Cabaret. Dates: Shows from Thursday 10th January –through til’ Saturday 9th February. (Selected dates only). Pricing: - Early bird ticket ($10 off all tickets for the first two weeks of the show – valid for bookings taken before 31st December) - use discount code EARLY10 - General admission $45 (Theatre style seating, first come, first served) *Cheap Tuesday general admission $25 - Premium seating $55 (Allocated Table Seating) *Cheap Tuesday premium seating $35 - Senior & students $35 *Cheap Tuesday senior & students $25 - Child (5-12years) $25 *Cheap Tuesday child $15 - VIP Group (4 people) $260 This special VIP Group Ticket includes table seating, platter to share and a bottle of bubbles! Timings: Bar and kitchen open from 7pm, Show will begin at 8pm. Sunday matinee, show starts at 4pm. Bar and kitchen open from 3pm. The Show will run for 2hours 15Minutes including intermission. Book now! FAQs What are my parking options for the event? Plenty of Free parking is available in the Government Gardens How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Contact Blue Baths on 07 350 2119 or info@bluebaths.co.nz Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No need to bring your printed ticket as we have a door list which we check off on arrival.

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      Jan 2019

      Rotorua A & P Show

      This is our 110th Annual show. We have changed to a one day show so don't miss out. There is lots of fun things to do and see. Lots of competitions to watch. There is a King & Queen of the Mountain Race. Entries on the day. Great Trade, Food and Entertainment and great activities and animals for the children to enjoy. Pony and Donkey rides for the younger ones. Childrens Area. Sheep N Show Racing. Chelsea Marriner & The Ultimate Canines. There will be some events held on Sunday the 27th but no Trade and Entertainment. There will be Shearing and Woolhandling, Axemen Competition, Show Hunter Events and Western Riding Events. King & Queen of The Mountain Race: Saturday 26th January 2019. Registration: 9.00am Race Starts: 10.30am Childrens Race: 10.45am Prize Giving: 12.00pm Entry Fee: $10.00 Childrens Entry Fee: $2.00 Course Same as 2018. Sunday: There will be Shearing & Woolhandling, Axemen Competition, Show Hunter & Western Riding. There is no Trade or Entertainment on Sunday.

      26

      Jan 2019

      Fun In The Sun

      Join our Summer Fun in the Sun activities this December and January and get out there to explore the natural lakes and beaches in the Bay of Plenty. With 12 activities on offer for each location, now's your chance to get active and explore the great parks and reserves in our region! Plus, there's loads of prizes up for grabs when you complete the activities between December 21 and January 31. To enter, upload a photo to Facebook or Instragram of your whanau completing an activity using hashtag #VOTfuninsun, and you'll go in the draw to WIN! The more activities you complete, then the more chances to win! Download your activity cards from the website. Competition open 21 December, 2018 to 31 January, 2019. Competitions T+Cs apply.

      26

      Jan 2019

      Soundshell Market

      the Soundshell Market..held right on the Lakefront in sunny Rotorua... It has been operating for 30 years... Plenty of parking. Featuring outside stalls of all descriptions. Crafts, antiques, curios and collectibles, plants, clothing, knitwear..variety, locally carved woodware, jewellery, soaps, handbags, concrete ornaments, top quality second hand tools, gemstones of all descriptions and sizes... hand-carved wooden statues from Kawerau, readings, massage - in fact, you name it - you will find it at the Soundshell Market.

      26

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Lake Sculpture Trail

      Sixteen talented sculptors spent 10 days creating beautiful new sculptures, as part of the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. The new sculptures, relating to the symposium theme Nga Wai o Rotorua – The Waters of Rotorua, will join specially selected artworks from previous Sculpture Symposiums to become part of the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens, Rotorua. Have your say and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Explore the trail and vote for your favourite online to be in to win $100 prezzy card. Voting is open from 7 December 2018 - 17 January 2019. Vote here: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4719011/Rotorua-Sculpture-Trail-people-s-choice-vote-2018 The winning People’s Choice artist will receive $500 Bunnings voucher which will be announced at the end of the voting period on 18 February 2019.

      26

      Jan 2019

      Auckland Anniversary Retreat

      Jock of @YogAscend will be co-hosting a retreat with Kanuka Yoga from January 26 - 28 at Lake Tarawera. We're stoked to offer an incredible agenda, gorgeous accommodation (indoor and outdoor), and feel good vibes for those interested in yoga or a long weekend at the lake. What to expect? Digital detox, catered lunch and dinners by onsite food truck, hikes, swimming, yoga, meditation, live music, creating connections, acro yoga, cocktail/kombucha dance party at nightfall, guided discussions about goals and aspirations, plenty of downtime to relax and unwind, plus some surprise treats! All activities are optional, so you'll have plenty of time and space to yourselves if you need it. Luxury indoor accommodation available, as well as fun camping options. $300 - $450 per person (before Dec 24th 2018).

      26

      Jan 2019

      Fish Out of Water Art Trail

      Explore central Rotorua this summer and find the beautiful decorated fish created by local artists. Get a free trail map from the Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or any of the Fish Host venues and find all 13 fish to go in the prize draw. You also get the chance to pick your favourite fish for the People’s Choice Award. The Fish out of Water Art Trail began 14 years ago to celebrate Rotorua’s magnificent lakes and fisheries. There are 16 lakes in the Rotorua region, and 15 of those are fishable. The fish stock is mainly rainbow and brown trout with brook char and tiger trout also present. Big thanks to the Fish Host venues: - The Living Room Collective - Sole Outlet - Trade Aid - Atlantis Books - O’Keefe’s Anglers Depot - Café de Paris - Artworks - The Rotorua Cycle Centre - The Arts Village - Sustain Vegetarian Takeaways - McLeods Booksellers - Simply Different - Rotorua iSite Take a picture with your favourite fish and tag us in! @Fishoutofwaterrotorua #Fishoutofwaterrotorua Entries need to be received by 5pm, Sunday 3 February 2019. Enter at the Rotorua iSite or any of the Fish Host locations.

      26

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Museum Summer Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet

      Enjoy this summer holiday boredom buster as kids chose different activities to be in to win some great prizes. Running from 7 January until 11 February 2019 you can collect the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet from Rotorua Lakes Council reception or download from the Rotorua Museum website. The aim is to move from the start square to the finish square in any order, completing various tasks and exploring central Rotorua in the process. From finding out fun facts about Governments Gardens to making some art, from checking out the new sculptures to writing a story, there are lots fun challenges to do. Children must be accompanied by adults when out and about. We would love to see your photos along the way so please share on @RotoruaMuseum or tag #RotoruaMuseum Once you have coloured in your completed challenge boxes (minimum of six), fill in the entry details on the bottom of the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet, and enter at Rotorua Lakes Council reception by 12pm on Monday 11 February 2019 to be in the draw for a prize pack. Have a fantastic, safe summer! For further information contact rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz or phone 07 351 8055.

      26

      Jan 2019

      Jade Discovery Tour

      Discover how we handcraft jade on a free guided tour of our workshop. Meet New Zealand’s finest jade artists and see them at work transforming jade into art. Learn about the machinery involved in the carving process and explore the cultural influences and symbolic meanings behind the carved designs. Take a journey into the history of jade from around the world and get up close to the stone that has been treasured for thousands of years. You’ll also learn how jade is formed and about the variations in colour. Our Discovery Tour is free and runs on demand 10am-5pm daily throughout summer, it lasts approximately 20 minutes and no bookings are needed.

      26

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Noir

      NZ's First Ever Crime Writing Festival. Rotorua Noir is the first crime writing festival to be held in New Zealand and will coincide with the tenth year of the prestigious Ngaio Marsh Award. It is a will bring together for the first time the cream of the New Zealand crime writing scene along with some serious talent from overseas. Authors appearing include Michael Robotham and Paul Hardisty from Australia, Lilja Sigurdardottir from Iceland, Kati Hiekkapelto from Finland and Alex Gray from Scotland as well as New Zealand's own Paul Cleave, Fiona Sussman, Alan Carter and Vanda Symon. It is time to celebrate New Zealand crime writing and the people behind the books we all love so much. The festival will be an outstanding opportunity for members of the public to meet their favourite authors and hear what goes on during the creative process that takes an idea from its inception to the page. ?Over three days we will be holding creative writing workshops for aspiring authors, two days of panel discussions featuring crime writers from as far away as Scotland, Iceland and Finland as well as some fantastic one-on-one interviews. ?There will be a short story competition for local writers to show us what they can do with the winner getting to read from their work at the festival. We will be aiming to include the local community of Rotorua as much as possible in what will be a great event for the city.

      26

      Jan 2019

      Blowing Demonstrations

      Take a break from all the action packed adventures on offer in Rotorua and come visit the only hot glass studio in town for a glass blowing demonstration. Our live demos let you see art created from molten glass right before your eyes! Every afternoon from Wednesday to Monday come visit Amokura Glass and you can watch the age old at of glass blowing. This is also a great opportunity to meet the artist herself and get some insights into how each piece is made. Witnessing a glass blowing demo is one of the most unique and fascinating things to do in Rotorua, especially on a rainy day!

      26

      Jan 2019

      Poetry and Fiction Reading With Author Michael Botur

      Local poets perform at McLeods Booksellers PLUS guest reading from author Michael Botur. Botur will perform poetry and readings from his latest short story collection, 'True?' McLeods Booksellers will be staying open especially for this rare event. It's open mic, please bring a poem, or if you're attending Rotorua Noir, bring some criminal creative writing! 4pm-6pm, Saturday January 26 in the bookshop. The poetry performance and fiction reading is 100% free. Support the venue - buy a book! Botur is speaking at Rotorua Noir on Sunday January 27 during NZ's first crime fiction festival, Rotorua Noir. Updates, samples and news at: https://nzshortstories.com/ Festival news at: https://www.rotoruanoir.com/ https://www.mcleodsbooks.co.nz/

      26

      Jan 2019

      Poetry and Fiction Reading With Author Michael Botur

      Local poets perform at McLeods Booksellers PLUS guest reading from author Michael Botur. Botur will perform poetry and readings from his latest short story collection, 'True?' McLeods Booksellers will be staying open especially for this rare event. It's open mic, please bring a poem, or if you're attending Rotorua Noir, bring some criminal creative writing! 4pm-6pm, Saturday January 26 in the bookshop. The poetry performance and fiction reading is 100% free. Support the venue - buy a book! Botur is speaking at Rotorua Noir on Sunday January 27 during NZ's first crime fiction festival, Rotorua Noir. Updates, samples and news at: https://nzshortstories.com/ Festival news at: https://www.rotoruanoir.com/ https://www.mcleodsbooks.co.nz/

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      Jan 2019

      Fun In The Sun

      Join our Summer Fun in the Sun activities this December and January and get out there to explore the natural lakes and beaches in the Bay of Plenty. With 12 activities on offer for each location, now's your chance to get active and explore the great parks and reserves in our region! Plus, there's loads of prizes up for grabs when you complete the activities between December 21 and January 31. To enter, upload a photo to Facebook or Instragram of your whanau completing an activity using hashtag #VOTfuninsun, and you'll go in the draw to WIN! The more activities you complete, then the more chances to win! Download your activity cards from the website. Competition open 21 December, 2018 to 31 January, 2019. Competitions T+Cs apply.

      27

      Jan 2019

      Soundshell Market

      the Soundshell Market..held right on the Lakefront in sunny Rotorua... It has been operating for 30 years... Plenty of parking. Featuring outside stalls of all descriptions. Crafts, antiques, curios and collectibles, plants, clothing, knitwear..variety, locally carved woodware, jewellery, soaps, handbags, concrete ornaments, top quality second hand tools, gemstones of all descriptions and sizes... hand-carved wooden statues from Kawerau, readings, massage - in fact, you name it - you will find it at the Soundshell Market.

      27

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Lake Sculpture Trail

      Sixteen talented sculptors spent 10 days creating beautiful new sculptures, as part of the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. The new sculptures, relating to the symposium theme Nga Wai o Rotorua – The Waters of Rotorua, will join specially selected artworks from previous Sculpture Symposiums to become part of the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens, Rotorua. Have your say and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Explore the trail and vote for your favourite online to be in to win $100 prezzy card. Voting is open from 7 December 2018 - 17 January 2019. Vote here: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4719011/Rotorua-Sculpture-Trail-people-s-choice-vote-2018 The winning People’s Choice artist will receive $500 Bunnings voucher which will be announced at the end of the voting period on 18 February 2019.

      27

      Jan 2019

      Auckland Anniversary Retreat

      Jock of @YogAscend will be co-hosting a retreat with Kanuka Yoga from January 26 - 28 at Lake Tarawera. We're stoked to offer an incredible agenda, gorgeous accommodation (indoor and outdoor), and feel good vibes for those interested in yoga or a long weekend at the lake. What to expect? Digital detox, catered lunch and dinners by onsite food truck, hikes, swimming, yoga, meditation, live music, creating connections, acro yoga, cocktail/kombucha dance party at nightfall, guided discussions about goals and aspirations, plenty of downtime to relax and unwind, plus some surprise treats! All activities are optional, so you'll have plenty of time and space to yourselves if you need it. Luxury indoor accommodation available, as well as fun camping options. $300 - $450 per person (before Dec 24th 2018).

      27

      Jan 2019

      Fish Out of Water Art Trail

      Explore central Rotorua this summer and find the beautiful decorated fish created by local artists. Get a free trail map from the Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street) or any of the Fish Host venues and find all 13 fish to go in the prize draw. You also get the chance to pick your favourite fish for the People’s Choice Award. The Fish out of Water Art Trail began 14 years ago to celebrate Rotorua’s magnificent lakes and fisheries. There are 16 lakes in the Rotorua region, and 15 of those are fishable. The fish stock is mainly rainbow and brown trout with brook char and tiger trout also present. Big thanks to the Fish Host venues: - The Living Room Collective - Sole Outlet - Trade Aid - Atlantis Books - O’Keefe’s Anglers Depot - Café de Paris - Artworks - The Rotorua Cycle Centre - The Arts Village - Sustain Vegetarian Takeaways - McLeods Booksellers - Simply Different - Rotorua iSite Take a picture with your favourite fish and tag us in! @Fishoutofwaterrotorua #Fishoutofwaterrotorua Entries need to be received by 5pm, Sunday 3 February 2019. Enter at the Rotorua iSite or any of the Fish Host locations.

      27

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Museum Summer Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet

      Enjoy this summer holiday boredom buster as kids chose different activities to be in to win some great prizes. Running from 7 January until 11 February 2019 you can collect the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet from Rotorua Lakes Council reception or download from the Rotorua Museum website. The aim is to move from the start square to the finish square in any order, completing various tasks and exploring central Rotorua in the process. From finding out fun facts about Governments Gardens to making some art, from checking out the new sculptures to writing a story, there are lots fun challenges to do. Children must be accompanied by adults when out and about. We would love to see your photos along the way so please share on @RotoruaMuseum or tag #RotoruaMuseum Once you have coloured in your completed challenge boxes (minimum of six), fill in the entry details on the bottom of the Pick-a-Path Activity Sheet, and enter at Rotorua Lakes Council reception by 12pm on Monday 11 February 2019 to be in the draw for a prize pack. Have a fantastic, safe summer! For further information contact rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz or phone 07 351 8055.

      27

      Jan 2019

      Jade Discovery Tour

      Discover how we handcraft jade on a free guided tour of our workshop. Meet New Zealand’s finest jade artists and see them at work transforming jade into art. Learn about the machinery involved in the carving process and explore the cultural influences and symbolic meanings behind the carved designs. Take a journey into the history of jade from around the world and get up close to the stone that has been treasured for thousands of years. You’ll also learn how jade is formed and about the variations in colour. Our Discovery Tour is free and runs on demand 10am-5pm daily throughout summer, it lasts approximately 20 minutes and no bookings are needed.

      27

      Jan 2019

      Rotorua Noir

      NZ's First Ever Crime Writing Festival. Rotorua Noir is the first crime writing festival to be held in New Zealand and will coincide with the tenth year of the prestigious Ngaio Marsh Award. It is a will bring together for the first time the cream of the New Zealand crime writing scene along with some serious talent from overseas. Authors appearing include Michael Robotham and Paul Hardisty from Australia, Lilja Sigurdardottir from Iceland, Kati Hiekkapelto from Finland and Alex Gray from Scotland as well as New Zealand's own Paul Cleave, Fiona Sussman, Alan Carter and Vanda Symon. It is time to celebrate New Zealand crime writing and the people behind the books we all love so much. The festival will be an outstanding opportunity for members of the public to meet their favourite authors and hear what goes on during the creative process that takes an idea from its inception to the page. ?Over three days we will be holding creative writing workshops for aspiring authors, two days of panel discussions featuring crime writers from as far away as Scotland, Iceland and Finland as well as some fantastic one-on-one interviews. ?There will be a short story competition for local writers to show us what they can do with the winner getting to read from their work at the festival. We will be aiming to include the local community of Rotorua as much as possible in what will be a great event for the city.

      27

      Jan 2019

      Blowing Demonstrations

      Take a break from all the action packed adventures on offer in Rotorua and come visit the only hot glass studio in town for a glass blowing demonstration. Our live demos let you see art created from molten glass right before your eyes! Every afternoon from Wednesday to Monday come visit Amokura Glass and you can watch the age old at of glass blowing. This is also a great opportunity to meet the artist herself and get some insights into how each piece is made. Witnessing a glass blowing demo is one of the most unique and fascinating things to do in Rotorua, especially on a rainy day!

      27

      Jan 2019

      Club Cabaret - Summer Show 2019

      Let the night seduce you…Blue Baths famous Summer Show is back featuring a star cast for Club Cabaret. Welcome to Club Cabaret. The drinks are flowing, the music is pumping, and our performers are ready to entertain you. Slip into your best outfit, grab your best friends, and join us for a star-studded, spellbinding evening of dazzling circus, sultry songs, and mind-bending magic. It’s a variety show of epic proportions that will leave you in awe. We’ve gathered together some of the hottest cabaret acts that New Zealand has to offer for a night you will never forget, so come along and bathe in the glitz and glamour that is Club Cabaret. Dates: Shows from Thursday 10th January –through til’ Saturday 9th February. (Selected dates only). Pricing: - Early bird ticket ($10 off all tickets for the first two weeks of the show – valid for bookings taken before 31st December) - use discount code EARLY10 - General admission $45 (Theatre style seating, first come, first served) *Cheap Tuesday general admission $25 - Premium seating $55 (Allocated Table Seating) *Cheap Tuesday premium seating $35 - Senior & students $35 *Cheap Tuesday senior & students $25 - Child (5-12years) $25 *Cheap Tuesday child $15 - VIP Group (4 people) $260 This special VIP Group Ticket includes table seating, platter to share and a bottle of bubbles! Timings: Bar and kitchen open from 7pm, Show will begin at 8pm. Sunday matinee, show starts at 4pm. Bar and kitchen open from 3pm. The Show will run for 2hours 15Minutes including intermission. Book now! FAQs What are my parking options for the event? Plenty of Free parking is available in the Government Gardens How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Contact Blue Baths on 07 350 2119 or info@bluebaths.co.nz Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No need to bring your printed ticket as we have a door list which we check off on arrival.