Mudtopia - what you need to know


28/11/2017 4:00:00 p.m.

There are only a handful of sleeps until Rotorua’s inaugural Mudtopia Festival but there is still plenty of time to buy tickets.

Starting on Friday the three day festival combines Rotorua’s famous mud with music, games, food and spa therapies.

But the biggest drawcard of all is the R18 concert on the Saturday night featuring a massive line-up of Shapeshifter, Peking Duk and Chores.

The Mudtopia crew will be out and about in Rotorua this week with heaps of prizes to give away including double Mud Passes. Keep an eye out for the yellow t-shirts for your chance to win.

If you don’t manage to land a prize, tickets are available from the Energy Events Centre (behind the Rotorua Museum) for just $69 which includes concert access and a three-day Mud Pass.

Tickets will also be on sale at the gate throughout the festival weekend.

Follow the Mudtopia team online to stay up to date with what’s happening this week:

Check out the three-day artist line up here

Festival info:

Rotorua racecourse (Arawa Park) – Fenton Street

Gate opening times:

Friday 1 December
1pm – Private visit for Rotorua schools
3pm – 8pm - Access to Mud Pass holders

Saturday 2 December
10am – 7pm – Access to Mud Pass holders
7pm – 10.15pm – R18 concert

10am – 4pm – Access to Mud Pass holders

Storage facilities
The AMI Stow and Go is a secure service ready and waiting to store your bag or backpack, all for free. Safe and easy to get find, drop off and access your stuff during the day at any time.

Click here to check out the full list of FAQs

Top 5 questions about Mudtopia answered

I don’t want to be muddy at the concert. What do I do?

The Saturday night R18 concert starts at 7pm. The Mud Arena will be closed before then with plenty of time for party goers to head home, freshen up and get back to Arawa Park to catch Shapeshifter, Peking Duk & Chores without the mud.

Can I come and go from the festival? And how do I get all the mud off me?

As long as you have a three day mud pass you can come and go from the festival as you please. There will be heaps of open air showers at the festival with storage facilities so you can scrub up and get changed before you go.

I want to take my kids – is Mudtopia suitable for all ages?

There will be heaps of games throughout the weekend for people of all ages and a dedicated kids section within the festival grounds. Access for children under 4 is free too!

I’m not really into getting muddy – is there still something for me?

Yes! There are spa therapies to check out, yoga and heaps of street food vendors. Grab a drink and relax listening to the local acts on the Mud Stage during the day and stay on for the mud-free R18 concert on the Saturday night.

What sort of games will be happening during the day?

There are heaps of games to take part in! Here are just a few

  • Horizontal bungee
  • Waterslides
  • Mud jousting
  • Giant waterslides
  • Surfing simulators
Page reviewed: 28 Nov 2017 4:00pm