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Timings : 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM every Thursday

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Rotorua Night Market, Rotorua Overview

Held at the heart of Tutanekai Street, Rotorua Night Market comes to life once every week and brings with it a platform where local artists can showcase their talents with a plethora of handmade art and crafts, among other things. This market spreads its wings when Tutanekai Street is closed off from Haupapa to Hinemoa Street for one night and is transformed into a lively place with vibrant LED lights, innumerable stalls, and live entertainment.

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What to Expect

From dishes that will make your mouth water to mesmerizing paintings to handmade attire, this place is a maze of different products that will inevitably draw you towards them.

Moreover, the Rotorua Night Market comes alive with groovy music, dance performances, as well as orchestras, all of which are sure to make you dance a little by yourself, while you look around for trinkets to buy and food to taste.

What to Eat

With stalls lined along the Tutanekai Street, Rotorua Night Market specializes mainly in delicious ethnic dishes, a few of which are handmade Italian Pasta, French Patisseries, the delectable Kai, a variety of fries, Cheesy Buskers, different types of wine, and a hot cup of coffee.

Apart from these, you may also find dishes from the Indian and Croatian cuisines, among others. The price range varies from stall to stall, and for your convenience, food menus are displayed in front of almost every stall, thus making it easier for you to choose!

Where to Shop

Boutique shopping is an absolute must while you are out to explore the gorgeous night market. Each week, new stalls are set up which house different products. From fluffy soft toys to printed t-shirts, from thrifty key chains to beautiful showpieces, the Rotorua Night Market is perfect for you to choose your little souvenirs to take back home.

Performances

The prime highlight of the Rotorua Night Market is the stage that is set up in order to welcome any performer who wishes to showcase their skills. Local bands, singers, choreography groups, and solo dancers often take the audience in awe of their performances.

The best part about the stage is that it is also welcome to anyone who has made an impromptu decision to go out there and perform. So, if you are one who can dance or sing or recite poems or have a unique sense of humor, you are always free to give it a go!

Tips

  • Make sure to wear or carry warm clothes to this market, since the temperature may drop at unpredictable times.
  • Cash is usually preferred over debit or credit cards. However, if you fall short of the former, you can find a couple of ATMs on the opposite sides of the Tutanekai and Pukuatua Streets. 
  • Even though there is a large area reserved for parking, it is always wise to turn up a little early in order to grab a spot close to the location so that there  won’t be any need to walk too far.
  • If the weather conditions do not seem great, the Rotorua Night Market may remain closed on some days. It is always safe to check their updates on their Facebook Page in order to be aware of its operations and save yourself from a journey which may lead to nothing.

How To Reach Rotorua Night Market

  • The fascinating Rotorua Night Market can be reached by taking a car from Rotorua and driving along Amohia Street, Arawa Street, or via the Pukuatua and Fenton Streets.
  • It is hardly a two-minute drive since Rotorua lies at a distance of only seven hundred meters from the market.
  • You can also choose to walk.
  • From the Lakefront, it takes about six minutes to reach the market on foot. 
  • From Auckland, this place lies approximately two hundred and thirty kilometers away.
  • By car, it takes three hours to reach there, while it is a journey of over four hours on a bus.

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