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!

NRL All-Stars

11 February 2023

Witness history as the Aotearoa NZ Māori All-Stars play their first ever game on home soil against the Indigenous All-Stars.

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Tarawera Ultra

11 February 2023

An iconic trail running event that takes in the most stunning scenery imaginable, featuring eight lakes, waterfalls, and lush forests.

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Grand Opening Gala

16 - 17 February 2023

Performers and musicians will lift the roof of the newly renovated Sir Howard Morrison Centre in a dazzling multi-disciplinary show.

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Rotorua Off-Road Trail Run/Walk

26 February 2023

A fantastic run/walk event in the stunning Whakarewarewa Forest.

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Lakeside 2023

11 March 2023

Bringing together a star-studded line-up of the best artists and performers from around NZ and rising young talent from Rotorua. 

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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 New Zealand.

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Crankworx Rotorua

18 - 26 March 2023

 The world’s largest mountain biking festival sees hundreds of professional riders compete in several events. 

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Rotorua Walking Festival

18 - 19 March 2023

Geothermal areas, lakes and the majestic Redwoods are just some of the sights that walkers will be treated to on the 2023 Rotorua Walking Festival.  

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Volcanic Epic

23 - 26 March 2023

A unique mountain bike stage race, held across 200km’s of New Zealand’s spectacular North Island geothermal region. 

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Legend of the Lake

25 March 2023

The blue waters and native forest of Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) make for a very special experience for swimmers and spectators.

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