All you need to know for Crankworx Rotorua

Live like a local in New Zealand’s geothermal city

On Saturday the 25th of March, Rotorua launches the first of the four international Crankworx Festivals for 2017. Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park is set to host the majority of downhill and enduro competitions, with the nine-day festival culminating in the main event, the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle Championships.

But it’s not just about what you can see and do at Crankworx, it's also about where to eat, drink and live like a local during your time in what is commonly known as RotoVegas.

Get the full Red Bull TV experience on site at Crankworx by visting our four screen installation at the entrance of the information area.

Terrace Kitchen Artwork
Terrace Kitchen Artwork© Petra Leary


Zippy’s Central Cafe – Free WiFi - A world famous café owned by local MTB rider Morgan Wilson, so naturally you will find cyclist crews hanging out there.

Fat Dog Café - Free WiFi - Rotorua’s institution with a strong loyal fan base, Fat Dog Café has an extensive menu with literally something for everyone.

Be Rude Not To – Free WiFi - The place for a dose of health, offering a range of simply delicious food, including loads of gluten free and vegan options on the menu.

Leonardo's - Authentic Italian, just like mama used to make. Bellissimo.

Atticus Finch
Atticus Finch© Atticus Finch

Atticus Finch - Known for their delicious cocktails, Atticus Finch also offer a selection of dishes that allows a series of tastes to be passed around and enjoyed together.

Lady Jane’s Ice Cream Parlour - You can’t beat a post dinner sweet treat, and these are the pimp daddies of ice creams. Hot fudge sauce, nuts and a cherry on top. SOLD.

Sequoia Eatery - Just out of Rotorua on the doorstep of the lakes and Redwood Forest, fuel up here before heading in to the Redwoods, out to the Blue Lakes or Lake Okareka walking tracks.

Terrace Kitchen - A relaxed and modern eatery, with a massive courtyard. Grab a Red Bull Burger and a cocktail jug. Sorted.

If none of the above tickles your taste buds, head to Eat Streat, a hub of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Pig & Whistle
Pig & Whistle© Pig & Whistle


Brew Rotorua - Rotorua’s mecca of good beer. Enough said.

Pig & Whistle – Free WiFi - Rotorua’s oldest pub, Pig & Whistle is your traditional gastro pub, offering hearty food and a bevy of beers. They have live music from Thursday to Sunday, which is always guaranteed a good time.

Lava Bar - A backpacker bar and nightclub with a thumping dance floor; it’s a lively and popular nightspot. If you are after a quiet night, this is not for you. Ask for a Crankworx Jar, you won’t be disappointed.

The Redwoods
The Redwoods© Graeme Murray


Polynesian Spa Thermal Pools - A geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat, where you can experience wellness sourced from Rotorua’s very own backyard. Waters from two natural springs are fed into the spa’s 28 hot mineral pools, relaxing.

Kerosene Creek Natural Hot Springs - Located underneath Rainbow Mountain, the hot spring is a small stream and flows downhill through natural bush. Free, natural and hot, it’s a winner. Hot tip – Don’t leave your valuables in the car!

Scenic Walks - Relax before the week starts with a stroll around the picturesque Blue Lakes (4.5km), Lake Okareka (2.5km) or through The Redwoods (2km or 3.4km), a forest most well known for the network of superb mountain biking and walking tracks

White water rafting
White water rafting© Graeme Murray

White Water Rafting with Rotorua Rafting - The Kaituna River is Rotorua Rafting’s playground, with an all kiwi crew and home to not just one but three awesome waterfalls, including the highest rafted waterfall in the world, Tutea Falls at 7m, it would be hard to not have a thrilling time.

Go Karting with Off Road NZ - An adrenaline rush like no other, suit up and experience the sensation of ground rush as your kart reaches up to 100km/hour on the 150-metre straight.

Tamaki Maori Village - Set in an ancient forest just out of Rotorua, you will experience Maori traditions, ceremonial rituals, powerful performances and hangi feasting. It doesn’t get much more authentic than this.

For information around the Crankworx event, click here.

Written by Fliss Worsp