INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to Rotorua Night Markets
Eat dinner at the Rotorua Night Markets, a weekly gathering of food stalls, market stall and live music under a sea of bright orange and blue tents.
If you are looking for things to do in Rotorua at night, this is the place to be.
Held on Tutanekai Street in Rotorua, the Rotorua Night Market is a place to meet locals, and other family travellers too.
Rotorua Night Markets Food Stalls
The food stalls sell delicious meals. Be warned. You will find it hard to choose.
- Chinese dim-sum, dumplings and pork buns
- sea food treats such as Paua and white bait fritters
- German sausages
- Indian curry and samosa
- Lulas Artisan Empanadas
- Mexican dishes from El Cartel Mexicano
- Thai pad thai noodels
- Spin Spuds – those melt-in-the-mouth twirly potatoes on a stick
- Polish pastries and pretzels
- Pad Thai chicken
- Hot of the grill kebabs
- Handmade Italian pasta
- Ice cream from the Real Fruit Ice Cream Van
- French patisseries
- Local New Zealand “kai” (meals)
Our tip: You can’t go wrong at Johnny Dumplings!
There is live entertainment and buskers, and plenty of beanbags and tin stools so you can pull up a spot and enjoy music while you eat.
The Rotorua Night Markets are very popular, and there LOTS of people, but there’s a cool vibe and bustle.
Souvenirs and Craft at Rotorua Night Market
Keep your expectations low and you won’t be disappointed. This is a food truck market predominately, with only a couple of craft stalls selling New Zealand wool clothing, jewellery, and some fancy wooden carvings. It’s not the ideal place for souvenir shopping – it’s more about enjoying the Rotorua vibe and a good meal.
There’s hope that as the market becomes more established, more and more local artisans will be encouraged to set up and share their handmade wares too. (Fingers crossed!)
The Rotorua Night Market is not covered, so it’s weather dependent, and closed on rainy evenings. Keep an eye on the Rotorua Night Market Facebook page for updates.
You can also visit their Instagram page to take a sneak peek inside.
The Inside Scoop – Rotorua Night Markets
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of.
Address: Tutanekai Street, Rotorua (between Haupapa and Hinemoa Streets).
Eat Street Rotorua is not the same thing as the Rotorua Night Markets. Eat Street in Rotorua is at the lake end of Tutanekai Street, an all-weather al fresco dining area with a covered central walkway. The roof here can be closed at will to keep visitors happy, warm and dry.
Website: Click here.
Opening Hours: 5-9 pm, Thursdays (weather pending)
Entry Fees: Free
Parking: There is plenty of free parking (after 5pm) in the streets around the market. Click here for tips on parking in Rotorua.
Rotorua Night Markets Map
- Bring cash. Queues can be long, and you don’t want to be stuffing around with Eftpos.
- There are ATMS in the centre of the market on Pukuata and Tutanekai streets.
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