April 14, 2011

Kia Ora,

What a fantastic summer we have enjoyed in Rotorua this year. Many of us have been hosting family and friends over the past few months and showing them around our amazing region, and the weather has really played its part.

As we start to move into autumn, our city is well and truly alive with plenty of events and activities to take part in. Check out the ‘Top 5 Free Things To Do’ in Rotorua section for some great ideas, plus be sure to read through the latest locals’ offers from some of our Rotorua attractions.

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Top 5 - Free Things To Do

  1. Kaituna River Walk
    Take a walk along the Kaituna river walk to see Okere Falls and watch those daredevil kayakers and rafters make their way over the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.

  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.

  3. Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest
    Take a walk or mountain bike through this beautiful Rotorua attraction. You can take a trip uphill and get a great panoramic view of the city.

  4. Lakes
    Rotorua is surrounded by beautiful lakes. Enjoy a family BBQ, bring the kayaks or simply take a walk around.  The viewing point over the blue and green lakes is a great spot to get a few pictures and marvel at the different colours.

  5. Kuirau Park
    Watch boiling mud and steaming pools of water coming from under the earth. Kuirau Park is absolutely free and gives you a good insight into the natural geothermal activity that makes Rotorua famous. 

Supplied from Jasons

What's On?

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

Body in Action

THU APR 14, 2011 - SUN JUN 26, 2011
Developed by Te Manawa Museums Trust, Body in Action is a highly interactive exhibition which reveals how the human body works. Blood, skin, bones... More info

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

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

Ngongotaha Trout Festival 2011

FRI APR 22, 2011 - SUN APR 24, 2011
What are you doing for Easter Weekend? Ngongotaha is holding a Trout Festival with plenty of Music, Fishing, Competitions, Stalls and Prizes ... 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

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


All events taken from www.rotoruaNZ.com/events

Nothin' Beats Being Local

Locals Fly for Less

After another steady season down at the lakefront, Kawarau Jet has been entertaining many tourists and locals with its jet boating experiences. We are very pleased to announce our new package of Parasailing is back in the sky. We have taken time to make some modifications with our purpose-built Parasailing boat, which has been invaluable to the experience you will get with Parasailing. Very soon we will have a photo system in place so you will be able to capture the experience.

We can offer all locals a 10% discount off this experience.


Tamaki Welcomes You

What better way to show friends and families the vibrancy and strength of our Maori Culture than to allow them to experience it for themselves. The award winning Tamaki Maori Village operates every night and offers guests the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors during an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling and traditional hangi feasting! A fun activity for all ages, perfect for the entire family during the school holidays!

Special Discount for Rotorua Locals
$60.00 per adult and $35.00 per child (Proof of residence required)

For further details contact us on 349 2999 or visit tamakimaorivillage.co.nz

World-Class Spa on Your Doorstep

Polynesian Spa in Rotorua has once again been voted amongst the top ten thermal, medical and natural spas in the world by Conde Nast Travel European readers in their 2011 Readers Choice Spa Awards. 

In April, guests are spoiled for choice with a new array of enticing spa therapies offered as part of the new spa therapy menu. Polynesian Spa has recently added two new dual rooms to increase capacity in the popular spa retreat. The uptake has been fantastic! Not only couples come through but also mothers and daughters and friends, all ready for a bit of pampering.

With the Rotorua residents’ annual pass, locals receive 30% off hot mineral bathing and spa therapies off every visit for just $20.

For more information visit polynesianspa.co.nz

Wet Weather Holiday Option?

If it’s raining 'cats & dogs' over the school holidays or Easter, this attraction offers an interesting wet weather option the whole family will enjoy. A fully enclosed display that recreates aspects of New Zealand's pioneering rural history and features a 'world class' private collection of vintage Caterpillar® earthmovers. Fascinating storyboards, archival film presentations and the added bonus of a new,old-style theatre screening additional movies at no extra cost. Exceptional value and a great day out. 

Locals admission rates available.
Open 364 days (Closed Christmas Day only) 8.30am – 5.30 pm.  Ph 347 3206

Live On the Edge

Agroventures offers truly unique New Zealand adventures for men and women of all ages and abilities.

We have five exceptional adventure activities comprising Agrojet, Swoop, Shweeb, Freefall Xtreme and Rotorua Bungy - all conveniently located next to the Agrodome and only 10 minutes from town.

Triple Bypass Package Special: Pick any three rides, choose a styley Agroventures t-shirt and receive your photos on a DVD - all for only $149 per adult or $125 per child (15 years and under)! For a limited time only so don’t miss out! 

Phone: (07) 3574 747


A Locals' Rate for our Local River

This Easter and school holidays, we are offering a locals’ rate on our local river – the Kaituna. 

As a Rotorua local you qualify for a 50% discount off our retail rate when you bring with you an out-of- town friend or family member, who is paying full price,.

The Kaituna boasts the highest commercially rafted waterfall (7m) in the world. In fact, there are three waterfalls among the 14 rapids; two smaller waterfalls to practise on before attacking the 7m drop over ‘Tutea Falls’. Talk about white water!
Check out our website for more details and ask about conditions that apply.
0800 732 822

What's New?

Celebrating Buried Village’s 80th Jubilee - Vi’s Teahouse

This year marks 80 years since Reginald and Violet Smith began the development of one of New Zealand’s most visited historic sites, the Buried Village. In the early days as tourists started to arrive, the Te Wairoa Tearooms played an important role, as this is where Vi Smith would serve her famous Devonshire teas. Now 80 years on, the tearooms are as popular as ever and Devonshire teas are still being served. 

In memory of Vi Smith and to celebrate the Buried Village’s 80th Jubilee, the Te Wairoa Tearooms have been transformed into Vi’s Teahouse, a Victorian-styled cafe. Along with the famous Devonshire teas the team at Vi’s Teahouse is serving up delicious baked goods, all of which are prepared fresh onsite.

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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Craig Hammond
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Destination Rotorua Marketing
Private Bag 3007, Rotorua
Phone +64 7 351 7102
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