The Travel Diaries – Rotorua Holi

The festival of colours lands in sulphur city

Rotorua turned on the weather for the Festival of Colours

Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the “festival of love”, the “festival of colours”, and the “festival of spring”. The festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha and Krishna. It also signifies the triumph of good over evil.


While it might not be springtime here in the Southern Hemisphere, we will take any excuse to hold an awesome festival during the amazing summer months we have here in NZ and with Covid causing chaos around the world, NZ will quite happily continue life as normal after sacrificing so much to get ahead of this virus. Yes, this is the rewards we get to enjoy now, bet you wish you were here!

A small but positive crowd enjoying the day

Holi festivals are always a lot of fun, who doesn’t love an excuse to run around and throw ‘paint’ colours everywhere while listening to heart thumping music out in the sun. Add great food and a fire hose into the mix and you have the setting for an enjoyable day out.

Water and colours under the sun, what more do you need

While this festival wasn’t as big as other renditions around the country it still brought out a decent crowd that all seemed to enjoy themselves. The Covid community scare the week before up in Auckland didn’t help the cause and with many other events also happening during March (esp Homegrown being NZ’s biggest festival) Rotorua Holi ended up being a more local based festival, which from my perspective seemed perfectly fine and enjoyable.

The clouds came in towards the end of the day but the performances were great to watch

While the event wasn’t without its quirks from an organisational stand point, it was still enjoyable for the most part and Rotorua Primary was a good location for it. The performances were definitely a highlight during the day.

Earlier in the day as the party was warming up

Next summer I will be endeavoring to go to many more festivals around the country and possibly being involved in a few myself.

Marcus Powell has been living and working in South Korea since 2010. He has now returned back to NZ and works for Digital Natives Academy as the lead education program designer. Aside from writing his own blog, he is also a popular Club DJ, Gamer, Community manager, esports fan and anime enthusiast.

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