What's On in Rotorua

Rotorua hosts world-class events year round


We love hosting events! We love how they bring communities together, help the city grow, showcase our creativity, entertain the masses, and celebrate our unique treasures such as geothermal wonders, Māori heritage, and gold-level mountain biking trails.

Sporting events connect us like no digital experience can, whether you're competing, supporting a loved one who's competing, or cheering from the side lines. The same goes for performing arts, festivals, concerts, Crankworx Rotorua, and so many more.

The next time you're looking for somewhere to nip away for the weekend, check this page for what's on and join us here in Rotorua!

ARONUI Drone Light Show

27-28 June

Immerse yourself in the magic of the ARONUI Indigenous Arts Festival and First Lights to see 160 drones gracefully dancing across the night sky, painting images that narrate the profound connection between Matariki and the environment. FREE  

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Matariki RailCruising tours

28-30 June

Embark on an enchanting journey – by day or by night – through scenic Rotorua countryside in your own self-drive RailCruiser while hearing the story of Matariki played through speakers in English and te reo Māori.

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The World of Musicals

6 July

A show for the whole family! Get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favourite songs from the world of musical theatre.

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Badjelly the Witch Glow Show

12 July

Come and join the fun with the frolicking, witchy-poo, super-fun Badjelly the Witch! The Glow Show’s utterly original mash-up of science, puppetry and music is a glorious experience for children and a wonderfully nostalgic event for adults.

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Creedence Clearwater Collective

18 July

Enjoy a night of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty to celebrate the music of one of the world’s most iconic bands – from the songs they wrote, to the songs covered, to the songs they wrote for others. 

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Comedian Chris Parker

19 July

The self-proclaimed People's Princess of Aotearoa, Chris Parker returns for his utterly hilarious new comedy tour, "Give Me One Good Reason Why I Shouldn’t Throw My Phone Off This Bridge".

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A Taste of Ireland

27 July

A vibrant blend of Irish dance, music and storytelling. This acclaimed production, fresh from its Off-Broadway success, takes audiences on a spirited journey through Ireland's rich history and cultural heritage.

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