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What’s On

After learning English during the day, it is always nice to take part in some of our after school activities. Our English school organises a large variety of school and evening activities for our students, such as sports, concerts, and barbecues, visits to other towns and cities in the Bay of Plenty. Details of these activities for the week are put on the common room noticeboard and in the Thursday notices. These activities are a great way for you to have fun, get to know the other students, learn more English and find out about life around Rotorua and in New Zealand!

These are just some of the activities we plan to hold in the coming months. All of them are subject to numbers and weather conditions.

August 2017

Aquatic Centre:

Come along for some recreational swimming. Choose from the 25m indoor pool, 50m outdoor pool or the spa pools.

Okere Falls Walkway:

This well-formed bushwalk has scenic lookouts over the Okere River and spectacular waterfalls. The trout pool is a popular fishing spot and trout are often seen swimming gently against the current.

Badminton:

Come for a game of badminton after school. There’s no need to be an experienced player, this is strictly for fun!

Rainbow Springs:

Take this opportunity to see native bush, ferns and trees at Rainbow Springs. You will also have a chance to see the Kiwi plus at least 15 different breeds of native birds, Rainbow Trout, Tuatara, and Lizards. Experience ‘The Big Splash’ this is an exciting hi-tech water ride taking you on a journey through time.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley full day tour:

Observe Lady Know Geyser erupting, walk around Wai-O-Tapu and through Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

City Tour:

Join us for a tour of Rotorua. Visit Rotorua Lakefront Sulphur point, Aotea Souvenirs, Rachael Pool and Government Gardens, library, hospital, café’s, supermarkets and shopping centers.

September 2017

Waikite Hot Pools:

Come and sit and soak at these unique hot pools. Pool temperatures are between 35 – 40 degrees and you have a choice of 6 pools to relax and enjoy. This is a great way to spend a Saturday!

Tree Trust Reserve:

Come and enjoy this relaxed walk. See native trees and birds and enjoy the Sakura or cheery blossom in bloom.

Ten Pin Bowling:

Have some friendly competition with your school friends. This is neat fun whether this is your first time or if you have played before.

Lakes Tour:

Come for a drive around some of the picturesque Lakes that surround Rotorua. There is always plenty of great photo opportunities on this tour.

Agrodome Farm Tour and Sheep Show:

This is one of Rotorua’s most loved tourist attractions. Take a tour on a tractor trailer around an authentic working farm. You’ll be able to get up close with some of the farm animals and watch actual sheep shearing.

October 2017

Paintball Action:

Come and try the ultimate paintball experience! This is a game where players are put into teams to compete against each other armed with a special paintball gun.

Te Waihou Walk:

This beautiful walk along the Te Waihou River offers stunning scenery and magnificent colours in its natural beauty.   This is a must do walk!

Hobbiton Movie Set:

On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. Experience the real Middle-Earth with a visit to the Hobbiton™ Movie Set. On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

Agroventures:

Come along to Agroventures today and try one of their four exciting activities! Choose from The Shweeb, Swoop, Freefall Extreme or Agrojet.

Paradise Valley Springs:

Interact with a variety of wildlife such as Deer, Pigs, Thar and Wallabies. View native New Zealand birds and get close to the Lion Pride at their exciting Lion feeding.

Kayaking

Come Kayaking on Lake Rotorua this month. Experience a slice of the wonderful outdoors in these easy to paddle kayaks.

November 2017

Rotorua Festival of Gardens:

This biannual event is a must do activity if you are at RELA! Visit some of Rotorua’s most amazing gardens and see the beautiful Rhododendrons in full bloom.

Hamurana Springs Walkway:

This is an easy walk offering wonderful scenic views throughout this whole stream-side walk. Hamurana is famous for its beautiful crystal clear stream.

Tamaki Maori Village Tour:

Be welcomed into Tamaki Maori Village in a traditional manner, experience the richness of the Maori culture and enjoy a delicious hangi dinner and performance.

Skyline Skyrides Gondola and Luge:

Take a gondola ride up Mount Ngongotaha, soak up the spectacular views of Rotorua and enjoy a fun filled ride on the luge. This activity is good fun or all ages.

Julian’s Berry Farm:

Picking your own berries in summer is an essential Kiwi experience! The strawberries usually peak in mid to late November and they are HUGE!! Don’t miss this season!!

December 2017

Polynesian Spa:

Come and relax in soothing thermal water at the very popular Polynesian Spa. These pools have been a part of Rotorua for many years and are a very popular attraction.

Redwood Forest Walk:

The Whakarewarewa forest is one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Come along and experience some of the finest walking tracks in the world!

OGO:

Experience the thrill of the world famous H2OGO ride. Imagine diving into a globe with warm water and sent rolling down a hill. Very Exciting!

Baking:

Enjoy baking with friends and classmates. This is a great opportunity to chat with other students and learn a valuable new skill.

Waitomo Tour:

This tour involves a visit to the popular Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and the Ruakuri Caves.

Golf Driving Range:

The driving range faces out towards Lake Rotorua and stretches out 280m. Within the range are various targets to challenge both the novice and the accomplished player.

January 2018

Horse Riding:

Try horse riding this month at RELA! This is a nice experience if you have never ridden before.

Blue Baths:

Come to the famous Blue Baths. These pools have been a part of Rotorua for many years and are a popular attraction. The large swimming pool and 2 soak pools are various temperatures suitable for everyone to enjoy.

Lake Okareka Walkway:

This walk features native vegetation, farmland, beach, lake and wetland scenery, expansive views and wildlife.

Basketball:

Have a game of basketball after class. This is a great opportunity to meet other RELA students and have some fun. All students are welcome to play!

Laser Tag:

Laser tag is a painless sport where players attempt to score points by tagging targets / other players with a hand held inferred pistol or gun. This is as much fun as paintball but without any physical impact.

Rotorua has many different scenic walks to do; they are all beautiful and some are longer than others. We usually have a keen group of walkers at RELA so we try to do a variety of walks throughout the month for our students.

Sports can be quite popular at RELA also. We like to have different games throughout the month. Over the road we play soccer and volleyball. In the RELA grounds there are swingball, table tennis, badminton, petanque, gutter board, snooker and tennis racquets available.

There is always a lot happening around Rotorua too.
For more information on Rotorua events, please go to rotoruanz.com/events