Entertainment

Traditional Music in Rotorua

Tamaki Māori Village

Tamaki offers a 3½-hour twilight Māori cultural experience starting with free transfers from Rotorua to its recreated precolonial village, 15km south of Rotorua. The encounter is very hands-on, taking you on an inte…
Traditional Music in Rotorua

Mitai Māori Village

This family-run outfit offers a popular three-hour evening event with a concert, hāngi and glowworm bush walk. The experience starts with the arrival of a waka taua (war canoe) and can be combined with a night-time …
Traditional Music in Rotorua

Matariki

The Novotel's Māori cultural experience includes a performance of traditional song and dance followed by a hāngi. It's held in a separate building adjacent to the hotel, facing the lakeside park.
Cinema in Tauranga

Rialto Cinemas

Home to the Tauranga Film Society, the Rialto is the best spot in town to catch a flick – classic, offbeat, art-house or international. And you can sip a coffee or a glass of wine in the darkness. Tickets are discou…
Traditional Music in Rotorua

Copthorne Hotel Māori Concert & Feast

One of Rotorua's less expensive Māori concert and hāngi options. It only operates when booked by a tour group; call ahead and see whether one is scheduled during your stay.
Cinema in Rotorua

Basement Cinema

Oddly combined with a rock-climbing facility and a hostel, Basement offers offbeat, foreign-language and art-house flicks. Tickets are just $10 on Tuesdays.
Live Music in Whakatane

Boiler Room

Open for events only, the large gritty band room at the Whakatane Hotel hosts DJs, live bands and the occasional Kiwi stand-up comic.
Cinema in Whakatane

WhakaMax Movies

Right in the middle of The Strand, WhakaMax screens new-release movies. Cheaper tickets before 5pm and on Tuesdays.
Traditional Music in Rotorua

Millennium Hotel Feast & Revue

Entertaining poolside shows include a live performance from local Māori performers and a hāngi.
Cinema in Opotiki

DeLuxe Theatre

Dating from 1926, this beguiling community-run cinema shows recent movies and hosts the odd concert.