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Parksyde Community Centre

Welcome to the activity “play centre” for the 55 plus

Catering for the social, recreational, health and educational needs of our older people in Rotorua and the surrounding district.

All activities are available and operating  – OVER 55? We’d love to see you!

Phone Parksyde Reception for information weekdays 9am to 3pm phone 348 9892.


Parksyde specifically and successfully caters for the social, recreational, health and educational needs of the older people in Rotorua and the surrounding districts. This is done through the provision of a weekly schedule of activities. Each activity has a small door charge. There is no membership fee, something which sets Parksyde apart. Activities include: Mah-jong, Zumba, Indoor bowls, Line Dancing, Canasta, Probus meetings, Housie, U3A History, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Scrabble, Parkinson’s Counterpunch, Embroidery and much more. See the Calendar Tab for all timetabled activities.

We also RENT SPACE FOR MEETINGS, TRAINING SESSIONS AND SEMINARS. We can seat from small groups up to large groups (200 people). Phone the Parksyde Manager on 07 348 9892 or 021 275 8034 to check availability and cost.

NEW ACTIVITIES – interested? For any of these, register your interest

Phone Parksyde Reception weekdays between 9am and 3:00pm phone 348 9892

  • Singing-4-Fun
    You don’t need to be a good singer to enjoy singing. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 10:30am.
  • Cuban Salsa Dance Exercise
    An exercise dance class for the over 55s, filled with lots of flavour and spices with a splash of fun. Mondays 1:00pm.
  • Latin Mix Dance Exercise
    An exercise dance class for the over 55s,. Immerse yourself in the funky rhythms of Latin America with grooves and laughs. Wednesdays 11:30am.
  • Social Cycling
    Social activity for all abilities – this is a fun way to do some exercise and join a small group of people on a FREE social cycle around town. Bring your own bike (normal or ebike). Start outside Parksyde and finish with a coffee! Bike racks will be outside the Reception door.


  • Seated Aerobics
    Especially for those who wish to build core strength and get the lungs going and blood circulating. Particularly good for those who couldn’t do a standing-fitness class.
  • Petanque
    Fun outdoor activity for all abilities. Interested to learn?

The Parksyde Cafe has fast become a popular spot. Scrumptious food and welcoming atmosphere with local sisters Hilary and Barbara

  • Join us for healthy, home-cooked morning teas and lunches. Book in for an afternoon tea or if you are looking for a venue and caterers for a special event.
  • Try chef Hilary’s delicious cheese scones, muffins, original cheese rolls, chicken or Thai beef salads, pasta bakes and more.


Parksyde Salon – For appointments:

  • Zennie for Haircuts – Tuesdays and Fridays – phone 348 9892 BETWEEN 9am and 3pm for an appointment. Outside those hours, simply leave a message and the Receptionist will ring you back.
  • Sally for Toe nail care – Thursdays – Toe nail technician (trip, polish, massage) phone 021 901 444 for an appointment.
  • Annie for Massage – Wednesdays – Professional massage phone Annie to book 021 075 8448


Welcome to Parksyde Community Centre for 55 plus

Catering for the social, recreational, health and educational needs of our older people in Rotorua and the surrounding district.

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Parksyde was opened in August 2001 as an event centre for the 55+ age groups and was one of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trusts millennium projects.

Parksyde is owned and operated by the Older Persons Charitable Trust and is the only one of its kind in the country.

We are an Event Centre providing activities for the 55+age group with both set activities and a variety of rooms to hire, including a hall with a wonderful dance floor.

No membership is required; a small fee is charged for each activity.

We have a salon with a hairdresser and nail specialist, as well as a commercial Kitchen catering for lunches and functions.

Ring us if you’d like to know about availability, suitability and/or prices. Ph 07 348 9892

Opening Hours

We are open between the hours of 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday, please note some activities and functions are outside these hours, we are not open on Public holidays.


Parksyde is proud to be supported by the following groups

Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust

Bay Trust

The Southern Trust

First Sovereign Trust

Four Winds Foundation

Lotteries NZ

Rotorua District Council

Rotary Club of Rotorua Lakes

Rotary Club Rotorua Sunrise

Rotary Club of Rotorua North

Geyser Community Foundation

Some upcoming events

  • July 5, 2022 9:30 amZumba Gold
  • July 5, 2022 1:00 pmMahjong
  • July 6, 2022 10:00 amTai Chi
  • July 6, 2022 7:00 pmRotorua Embroiderers Guild
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