In Rotorua, activities range from adrenaline-pumping adventure to indulgent relaxation and fascinating cultural experiences, and the choice of events in Rotorua is just as varied. In the coming months, this popular visitor destination will host mountain biking, a relay race, and events that celebrate the diversity of New Zealand culture. And then there’s the Rugby World Cup 2011!
The Galaxy Travel NDuro Winter MTB Series 2011 on Sunday 14 August is said to be New Zealand’s most popular mountain bike series and it takes place on one of New Zealand’s best mountain biking trails in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest. There are events for everyone from beginners to professionals – and there’s a spot prize of a Queenstown MTB trip for two!
In September, get your rugby supporters gear out and support your favourite team at Rotorua International Stadium. Catch Fiji vs. Namibia on Saturday 10 September 2011 or watch Samoa vs. Namibia on Wednesday 14 September. If you’re visiting Rotorua outside these dates, head along to the Rugby World Cup Official Rotorua Fan Zone at Rotorua Energy Events Centre and watch the action of the Rugby World Cup on the big screen.
Cultural Rotorua comes to the fore in October 2011 with the Rotorua Deepawali Festival on Saturday 1 October. Deepawali means ‘row of lights’ and is celebrated every year by Hindus around the world. A perfect family activity, this free event includes yoga workshops, clothing and jewellery stalls, Indian food and an Indian cultural show (reserve your free tickets for the cultural show by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following weekend continues the celebration of culture in Rotorua with the HI-TEC Rotorua Ekiden Relay on Saturday 8 October. In this popular event, teams of six competitors run a relay race but instead of carrying a baton, runners wear a traditional tasuki sash! More than 2,000 runners are expected to participate and there are spot prizes to be won.
Later in the year, Rotorua visitors can also look forward to the Royal New Zealand Ballet performing Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday 7 December and Thursday 8 December 2011.
Whether you’re visiting Rotorua to compete in one of these exciting local events or want to mix and mingle with Rotorua locals while experiencing a slice of culture, make sure you book your Rotorua accommodation early. Ambassador Thermal Motel is situated in the centre of town, so it’s the perfect base for exploring Rotorua. Guests will find clean, comfortable and good-value motel accommodation ranging from studios to large motel units, and amenities that include a heated swimming pool and spa pool, and two real Rotorua mineral pools – great for relaxing after a busy day experiencing Rotorua’s activities and events! Book online or call 0800 479 581 (within New Zealand) or +64 7 347 9581 (international) to find out more about this popular Rotorua motel.