Recommended Rotorua Events | February – April 2022

The new year is upon us, and the weather is fantastic! If you a thinking about your own adventure getaway to Rotorua, this time of year is generally the best. Below we’ve picked a few of the best events Rotorua has to offer this summer. If this isn’t enough for you, feel free to get in touch with one of the team to learn of all the great events happening while you’re in town.


Please check the event directly for any updates and requirements. You can view our Covid-19 response here.

Lake Rotoiti Classic and Wooden Boat Gathering (25th Parade at Waitangi Weekend)

Saturday 5th February 10:00am – 3:00pm
Lake Rotoiti, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

‘The 25th annual boat parade and fun weekend begins on the 5th February 2022, Waitangi weekend, and we would love to see as many classic or wooden boats of any type register for a modest fee to join our parade, and make it the biggest ever!’

Want to find out more info about this event? Click here.

Rotorua Off Road Trail Run / Walk

Sunday 27th February 2022 7:30am – 2:00pm
Whakawerawera Forest

Make sure you are part of the outstanding Off-Road Half Marathon this distance is a two-lap course utilizing scenic trails and smooth gravel forest roads.
Other options are the Mitre 10 Mega 10km Run or Walk event and the Red Stag Timber 5km Fun Run/Walk event. These events also utilize a mix of scenic forest trails and smooth gravel forest roads in the Whakarewarewa Forest.

There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy with every competitor receiving a medal.

You can find more information about this event here.

Puoro Mataora SIX60 Saturdays 2022

Puoro Mataora SIX60 Saturdays 2022

Saturday 5th March 5:00pm – 12:00am
Rotorua International Stadium Devon Street, Westbrook, Rotorua

For the first time ever, SIX60 will come to Rotorua with the first show of the tour being played at Rotorua International Stadium. This will be a monumental occasion for the region with fans from all over the Bay of Plenty, the Waikato and other parts of the country sure to attend.

Sound like fun? Find ticketing information here.

Rotorua Walking Festival

19-20th March 2022

There are great walks, spot prizes and entertainment planned for the 29th Anniversary of the Rotorua Walking Festival. With walks ranging from 5km to 42km, there are events for all ages and fitness levels.

Click here to learn more about registration plus the full rundown of any walking events taking place.

Ultimate Hoedown Throwdown!

Ultimate Hoedown Throwdown!

Saturday 2nd April 7:00pm – 12:00am
141 Western Road, Ngongotah?, Rotorua, New Zealand

Whether it’s Dolly Parton, John Wayne or your very own country-character creation – we wanna see your best costumes in the saloon. With prizes for best dressed you’re gonna wanna have those leathers and lassoes ready!

Get ready for a stompin’ good time at the Blue Baths’ biggest shootin’ tootin’ party to date! Find tickets here.

Art By Bike

Art By Bike

Saturday 30th April 2022

Enjoy a free guided tour by bike through some of Rotorua’s cycleways and explore the impressive art works located in central Rotorua, Government Gardens, Kuirau Park, Rotorua Lakefront and Sulphur Point.

Starting from Te Manawa (corner of Hinemoa and Tutanekai Streets) in the heart of Rotorua the tours are expected to take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.

To make your free booking, simply fill in the form here.

With so many awesome events happening over the next few months, there will be something to entertain everyone. Get in touch with us and we will be happy to help plan your summer getaway.

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