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major events in rotorua

Major Events

Rotorua is a major event destination hosting a number of national and world championship events

It's also one of New Zealand’s most popular visitor destinations and a great destination for conferences, sporting events and outdoor festivals.

Rotorua actively seeks out major national and international events that can benefit from our natural landscapes or facilities. In the past ten years, some of the world and international events we have hosted in Rotorua include:

2011 Rugby World Cup
2012 Oceania Mountain Bike Champs
2012 BMX Nationals
2013 Australasian IPSC Pistol Championships
2013 National Indoor Bowls Championships
2013 National Dragon Boat Championships
2013 New Zealand Single Speed Championships
2013 World Rafting Championship
International Sheep Vets Congress 2013
International Applied Geochemistry Symposium 2013
2014 International Women's Rugby Series
6th Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Conference 2015
World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference 2016
Asia Pacific Robotics Competition 2017
World Indigenous Business Forum 2017
23rd International Union Health Promotion Education Conference 2019
Crankworx World Tour - Rotorua 2015-2024

We are available to help in bidding for new events, sponsorship, promotion, planning, risk management and providing on the ground, local support.

To discuss your event and how we may be able to help contact us now.

Annual Events

Every month, there is at least one major event happening in Rotorua to pencil into your calendar. These include:

January Blue Lake Rowing Regatta, Blue Lake Multisport Festival

February Lakeside Concert

March Redwoods Half Marathon, Walking Festival and Tarawera Ultra Marathon

April 100K Flyer cycle race and XTERRA Festival

May Rotorua Marathon and the Cat Eye Moonride

June Targa Rally, Rotorua Blues Festival and 3D Rotorua

July N-Duro Winter Mountain Bike Series

August Tough Guy & Gal

September Kurungaituki Netball Tournament

October Ekiden Relay

November Bike the Lake, Contact Tri Series, Rotorua Running Festival, NZ Blues & BBQ Festival

December Rotorua Half Ironman

Take a look at RotoruaNui for a complete listing of all events happening in Rotorua!