What's On in Rotorua

Rotorua hosts many world-class events 


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'd 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!

Rotorua Marathon

17 September 2022

NZ’s most iconic and prestigious major marathon with over 3,500 runners & walkers taking part each year.

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Rotorua Bike Festival 

20 - 23 October 2022

Celebrating all kinds of cycling for all ages and abilities. Enjoy four days of biking awesome.

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Whaka 100

21 - 23 October 2022

The toughest, and most satisfying, one-day mountain biking marathon you’ll ever experience.

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Rotorua Walking Festival

5 - 6 November 2022

Celebrating walking in the beautiful Rotorua landscape. Includes forest, lakes, parks & geothermal.

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5 - 13 November 2022

The world’s largest mountain biking festival once again takes place in Rotorua.

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12 November 2022

For the first time ever, SIX60 comes to town, kicking off their tour at Rotorua International Stadium.

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Rotorua Off-Road Trail Run/Walk

20 November 2022

Join us in Rotorua for this fantastic run/walk event in the stunning Whakarewarewa Forest!

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NZ Blues & BBQ Festival

25 - 27 November 2022

A perfect pairing of smooth Blues music and tasty BBQ will form NZ's first Blues and BBQ Festival!

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XTERRA Rotorua Festival

11 March 2023

One of the best XTERRA events in the world set amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in NZ.

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Tarawera Ultra

11 February 2023

The Tarawera Ultramarathon is NZ’s most prestigious trail running event.

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