April 13, 2011

Kia Ora,

Rotorua’s lake regions come alive with vibrant autumn colours and stunning vistas in the months of March to May. The city, too, is well and truly alive this autumn with events, activities and great experiences awaiting visitors to the region.

With the Easter holidays only weeks away, we have plenty of wonderful reasons for you to choose to visit Rotorua, including our ‘Top 5 Family Activities’, new attractions to experience, and a fantastic range of hot travel package deals available.

Now is the ideal time to enjoy a well deserved break away in Rotorua. Spend time with family, plan a couple’s retreat or simply relax; it’s all here in Rotorua.

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Top 5 - Family Activities in Rotorua

  1. Rotorua Attractions – Full of options, Rotorua boasts a choice of world class attractions made for family fun and life long memories.  More Info

  2. Rotorua Night Market – Every Thursday in the city centre, Rotorua holds a great night market selling everything from food and wine to flowers, art and jewellery. More Info

  3. Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest – Take a walk or mountain bike through this beautiful, free Rotorua attraction. Pack a picnic and take a trip uphill to get a great panoramic view of the city. More Info

  4. Lakes – Rotorua is surrounded by 16 beautiful lakes. Enjoy a family BBQ, bring the kayaks or simply take a walk around. Most have playgrounds to keep the little ones entertained too. More Info

  5. Geothermal Wonders – A truly unique experience to share, watch your children’s faces light up when they witness Rotorua’s geothermal activity, not seen anywhere else in the world!  More Info

What's On?

For a full list of Rotorua events please visit rotoruaNZ.com/events

Waikato/BOP Magic vs. Canterbury Tactix

THU APR 14, 2011
The Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic play the Canterbury Tactix in this game of the 2011 ANZ Championship Netball competition at the Energy Events Centre... More info

NZ Symphony Orchestra presents Elizabeth Marvelly & Carl Doy

THU APR 14, 2011
Carl Doy conductor, Elizabeth Marvelly soprano. Experience COLOUR with the NZSO. The ravishing beauty of Elizabeth Marvelly's voice is destined to... More info

Rotorua Wedding and Special Events Show

SAT APR 16, 2011 - SUN APR 17, 2011
The Wedding Group is pleased to bring this two day Wedding and Events Show to Rotorua on April 16-17th. Hosted at Rotorua's iconic Convention... More info

Rotorua Sculpture Exhibition

SUN APR 17, 2011 - SUN APR 24, 2011
Sunday, 17 April, Easter Saturday and Sunday, 23 - 24 April 2011 - (Last entry 4.15pm) Enjoy New Zealand sculpture in the spectacular garden... More info

Waikato Pistons vs. the HBS Hawks

SUN APR 24, 2011
Come on down to the Rotorua Energy Events Centre for this Round 2 game of the NBA between the Waikato Pistons and the HBS Hawks! Tip Off at 3pm. ... More info

47th Rotorua Marathon

SAT APR 30, 2011
The Rotorua Marathon proves to be a hardy event that continues to draw experienced and fresh runners and walkers to its picturesque course. The... More info

2011 New Zealand Jet Sport Nationals

SAT APR 30, 2011 - SUN MAY 1, 2011
The 2010 Seadoo Woodbine Marine New Zealand Jet Sport Nationals is the pinnacle of personal watercraft racing in New Zealand. Held annually, this... More info

Doug MacLeod in Concert - Rotorua Blues Festival

SAT JUN 4, 2011
Included in the six-day long music programme will be a special concert on Saturday night at the Novotel Rotorua, featuring festival headliner Doug... More info

3D Rotorua Off Road Winter Multisport Festival

SUN JUN 5, 2011
Off-Road Winter Multisports Festival Incorporating: 2011 Australasian Multisport Championship - (in association with Multisport New Zealand) and... More info

The Laughing Samoans

SAT JUN 18, 2011
Two hours of hilarity as one of New Zealand's most successful comedy duos perform the funniest skits from the seven hit shows they've done to date.... More info


What's Hot?

Featured Hot Deal

Book online & save with these fantastic package deals:

5 Star Family Special

Rural Outlook Experience

Price includes Rainbow Springs & Agrodome Sheep Show, Plus Skyline Gondola and 2 Skyline Luge rides per person - Child age 5-15 years inclusive.
View detail..NZD $252.00
Per Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

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What's New?

Rotorua Autumn Fishing Report

As the autumn season takes hold in Rotorua, big trout can be targeted at hot spots like the beaches at Rotoiti, Tarawera and Okataina. Each year from autumn and onwards through winter, the bigger adult trout make their way back to spawning streams. This means shore-based anglers are able to fish for these ‘returning’ trout as they move into the shallows.
While shore-based anglers wait on colder conditions, boaties can also find autumn highly productive. Fish that have been living in deeper, cooler water will soon forage shallower areas where they can be more easily reached by shallow trolling methods like harling. The thermocline is still well formed on Rotoiti and Tarawera, which means that jigging deep or using wire lines will still work well, but expect these methods to become less effective in April and May as the surface temperatures cool and autumn smelting begins over the sandy beaches. This can be a great time to pick up a big trout, as they pack on reserves of energy before spawning.
(Supplied by: Eastern Region Fish & Game

Two New Exciting Developments at Skyline Rotorua

Skyvue 4D Motion Theatre

Now open at Skyline Rotorua..

Climb aboard the Skyvue 4D Motion Theatre these school holidays and journey into an earth-shattering world of virtual reality. Enter mission control for your departure briefing. Buckle Up, Count Down, Blast Off and Hover over Rotorua. Then disappear at the speed of light… Discover yourself flying over the awesome beauty of New Zealand’s world renowned South Island landscapes.

Dine in the Sky
‘Dine in the Sky’ is Skyline's exclusive dining experience in one of Skyline's 8-seater gondola cabins. This is a 'New Zealand first' and would ideally suit those on their honeymoon, couples wanting a more intimate dining experience or a group of friends looking for a dining experience with a difference.
A fantastic three course menu has been created by award-wining chefs. Upon arrival, a welcome glass of bubbly will be served, then following every gondola rotation guests will be served one of their  courses ,finishing with dessert on the downward journey. More info

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