What’s on in the Bay of Plenty this August


Loaded Tough Guy and Gal Challenge, New Zealand International Film Festival, Groundswell and other events not to be missed this month.

Ice Skate Tour

6-11 August

Lynmore Primary School, Rotorua

Ice that isn’t cold is probably the coolest thing we’ve ever heard of. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have almost the same gliding capacity as natural rinks! An exciting way to learn how to ice skate, and MoreFM will complete the experience with bubble machines and music.

Adults $12; Children $8; Family $35


Loaded Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

18 August

Lakes Ranch, Rotorua

11:00am –2:00pm

If you want to get down and dirty and have a whole lot of fun, this off-road event is the one to enter! Challenge yourself on a course that includes swamp crossings, a spider’s web net climb, a crawl under barbed wire, beautiful native bush trails, tunnels, hurdles, a climbing frame, and mud, mud and more mud! Open to anyone over 13 years old.

Entry: $80


New Zealand International Film Festival

23 August –16 September

Rialto Cinema, Tauranga

Learn more about the adventurous woman and talented inventor in Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, get involved in the open discussion of suicide while watching the new film Māui’s Hookby Māori psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph or enjoy the opulent world of show-stopping Chinese designer Guo Pei in Yellow is Forbidden. See the full list of 2018 films on the website.



27 August – 2 September

Tauranga will come alive with a range of events showcasing local inventors and organisations which are leading the way with their innovations – electric bikes, sustainable textiles, robotics, plant tech, and how to power an island.

Engage with international leaders and experts from Tesla, Google, ANZ, Air New Zealand and more. From arts and culture to science and technology, there will be something for everyone.


Photo: Richard Robinson Photography