Rotorua at Night – Thursday Night Markets

There are so many different things to do in Rotorua at night. One of the best things to do on a Thursday night is to head down to the the Thursday night market. Two blocks on the street are blocked off for traffic where hundreds of people walk up and down the street to check out the different stalls. Food such as burgers, pad thai, fresh fruit and vegetables can all be found here, it is the perfect way to finish off a Thursday! Check out some of the stalls:

Johney’s Dumpling House: 

If you’re after a stall with fast service and delicious food, then Johney’s Dumpling House is the place to go in Rotorua at night. The dumplings were $5 for 5 dumplings and they did not disappoint. The dumplings are pan fried pork shoulder with the seasons freshest vegetables and herbs or they also have pork buns. They are made fresh and come straight off the large hot pans when you order. There is also a selection of sauces you can add to your dumplings to make them even more delicious.


Photo: Johneys Dumpling House. Photo Credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours

El cartel Mexicano: 

This classic Mexican stall can be found in a cute little black caravan. The Mexican food they offer is full of flavour and as fresh as you could possibly get it. El cartel Mexicano food is all around $10 and includes nachos with guacamole, tacos, burritos and quesadillas.  Make sure you are not in a rush when you order from this store as they make it to order so it can take a little bit longer.


Guidoughs is the place to go for fresh bread and yummy pastries in Rotorua at night! The stall doesn’t have a sign with it’s name but you won’t be able to miss all these goodies. The cronuts look amazing, I haven’t tried one but they are on my must try list! Guidoughs staff are very friendly and will help you with the tough decision of what to choose. The freshly baked bread is amazing for lunch the next day and the custard slices are also a delicious dessert.


Photo: Freshly baked bread at Guidough. Photo Credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours 

Gracey Jane’s Kitchen: 

Another cute caravan store that catches the eye is Gracey Jane’s Kitchen. With a standard price of $8 desserts you can’t go past a cheeky dessert from this stall. The selection is wide – apple crumble, salted caramel sundae, strawberry sundae, fudge brownie sundae, sticky date and cheesecake. There are even options for the kids, ice cream sandwiches, brownies and sundaes. The whole family can be fed at Gracey Jane’s!

The Ice Cream Truck: 

If you are wanting something on the healthy side the Ice Cream Truck is the perfect guilt free treat to finish off your evening at the night market. The coconut ice cream tastes amazing and is dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan! The $7 ice cream can either be topped with coconut and raspberries or just coconut making it the perfect healthy treat. There is also real fruit ice cream for $5 with a range of berry flavours to choose from – blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and boysenberry. The service is fast, staff are friendly and the ice cream tastes amazing so I highly recommend this funky wee stall!

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Photo: Coconut Ice Cream at the Ice Cream Truck. Photo Credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours 

Written by Ana Smith 

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