Boryeong Agreement

Council confirms ongoing support for Rotorua's Mudtopia Festival.

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Rotorua’s inaugural Mudtopia Festival will be a three-day fun event at the beginning of December featuring various mud-related activities, spa and wellness experiences, a mud market and a concert featuring high profile music acts.

Shapeshifter has already been announced as the headline music act and another international act is to be announced soon. Anika Moa and others will be supporting acts.

A number of local businesses will also be involved in the event.

The event was inspired by the hugely popular Boryeong mud festival in South Korea which has been held annually for 20 years.

Read the Boryeong Agreement FAQs here


This year’s three-day Rotorua event, scheduled for early December 2017 at the Arawa Park race course, is the first Mudtopia festival and is forecasted to attract thousands of attendees, both domestic and international, generating a boost for the local economy.

Council agreed to commit to and invest in the event in December 2015 following feasibility work undertaken by the organisation.

The event is owned by Rotorua Lakes Council which appointed a specialist event management company to deliver the event.

Find out more about the festival via THIS LINK or go to

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