Tickets launched for Mudtopia - New Zealand’s newest international festival 

Tickets have just been released to New Zealand’s newest international festival - Mudtopia in Rotorua.

Tickets have just been released to New Zealand’s newest international festival - Mudtopia in Rotorua.

Celebrating Rotorua’s distinctive geothermal and volcanic environment, the three-day inaugural festival (1 – 3 December) is shaping up as a deeply immersive experience mixing iconic New Zealand music acts and a slippery slather of mud-related activities for everything from restorative to high-energy pursuits.

Mudtopia will stage a take-over on Rotorua’s usually green race course with tonnes of the local brown stuff shipped into the mud arena and zones dedicated to games, spa and wellness.

The event organisers are promising a ‘party, pamper, play’ atmosphere with music from some of the biggest names in the Kiwi music scene, including drum-n-bass legends Shapeshifter, who will headline Saturday night’s R18 concert.

Mud Pass ticket holders can get down and dirty in the Mud Arena, take on mates in the Mud Games zone, challenge personal endurance levels on the Mud Run, unwind with wellness experiences in the Mud Day Spa and relax with great food and licensed areas. 

The ‘Mud Stage’ first release line up just announced spans genres and generations with iconic artists Hollie Smith, Jason Kerrison and Anika Moa also signed up for daytime performances. More bands and DJ’s will be announced over the next few months.

Modelled on the original Boryeong mud festival in South Korea – which attracts more than three million visitors annually – Rotorua’s event has been inspired by the city’s 150-year history of using mud as a therapy and treatment.

Rotorua mud is very high in minerals due to its contact with the volcanic gases and minerals from the earth’s centre. When warmed, it also stores heat easily which makes it ideal for heat treatments.

Organisers are expecting to cater for up to 10,000 visitors at the inaugural event. Over time, Mudtopia is forecast to attract a significant number of local and international attendees, which will generate strong economic returns for both Rotorua and New Zealand. 

General public first release tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday, 20 June. Access to the Saturday night concert is available only with a Mud Pass + Concert ticket. 

About Rotorua’s mud experiences

Hell’s Gate, one of the premier Rotorua experiences, offers mud baths, mud facials and a mud foot pool set in one of Rotorua’s most active geothermal areas.

Polynesian Spa visitors can indulge in various mud therapies including a mud body wrap. Guests are covered in a Rotorua thermal mud mask and then cocooned in sheets and towels before a relaxing scalp massage.

Wai-O-Tapu mud pool was once a large mud volcano destroyed through erosion in the 1920’s but the hot mud is still very active.

Te Puia - one of Rotorua’s most popular cultural attractions – has two impressive mud pools. Nga Mokai a Koko is the largest and most impressive with a depth of between 6-10 metres and bursts of mud reaching temperatures of approximately 90- 95°C. Purapurawhetu or ‘Star Dust’ takes its name from the small clusters of boiling mud resembling a pattern of stars like the Milky Way.

Rotorua is a mecca for mountain biking, a sport that is often associated with getting a little bit muddy. There are trails in all directions and, every couple of years, top international bikers roll in for the Crankworx competition series.

About Rotorua

Since the early 19th century, tourists have flocked to Rotorua’s natural hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and active geysers to experience the spectacular thermal wonders on the ‘Pacific rim of fire’. 

Māori culture and history infuse Rotorua life. The town of Rotorua, on the shores of Lake Rotorua, is home to the Te Arawa iwi - one of New Zealand’s larger Māori tribes. A third of Rotorua's population is Māori.

Rotorua translates as 'second lake' – one of 18 sparkling lakes, surrounded by magnificent native and exotic forests. This other-worldly volcanic landscape provides a dynamic backdrop to many adventure activities - mountain biking, trout fishing, bathing in natural hot pools, white water rafting, and air adventures.

Travel Tips

Rotorua is a 2.5 hour drive or a 40 minute flight from Auckland. It’s considered the Maori tourism hub of New Zealand, experience the stories and culture of New Zealand’s native people in Rotorua.