Families will be able to spend a magical twilight together while enjoying some story-telling.

Tales at Twilight is being held on Thursday at The Redwoods from 6pm to 7.30pm in celebration of Conservation Week.

The Travelling Tuataras will be telling stories, myths and singing songs from New Zealand and around the world which involve an element of mud, such as Hatupatu and the history of the Pink and White Terraces.

Travelling Tuataras member Jill Walker says at the event families will be able to come into the forest and enjoy interactive stories.


They will be doing a variety of stories and songs, and think the Redwoods is the most beautiful and magical place to perform.

Jill says there will be a chance for children and adults to perform on the night.

She says being in the forest at twilight will be magical and they are looking forward to it.

It is great that conservation is celebrated at a particular time in the year, she says.

"It's a reminder of how important our role is in caring for the natural environment and its creatures, but also to enjoy it, because one of the best ways to keep well is spending time in the natural environment."

Julianne Wilkinson, Rotorua Lakes Council principle adviser, recreation and environment, says since the Travelling Tuatara's stories often involve interaction with the audience there will be an opportunity for children to help create a 'mud man' as the story progresses.

She says to feel like they are involved in the stories they can also paint their faces with mud, create objects out of clay and share their 'muddy' experience on social media using the Conservation Week hashtag #lovemybackyard or the Mudtopia hastag #Mudtopia.

"Given the theme for Conservation Week this year is 'love my backyard', everyone in Rotorua has geothermal mud 'in their backyard'.

"The upcoming December 1 to 3 Mudtopia Festival is a celebration of that."

Julianne says incorporating mud into the Conservation Week event is a great opportunity to celebrate one of Rotorua's unique geothermal landscape features, which contributes strongly to our history, culture and special active environment.

"The connection with Mudtopia created an opportunity for the community to get involved and have a taste of what the festival is about."

She says Tales at Twilight is a fun and relaxed activity for families with younger children.

"Kids will enjoy the drama, music and singing and can be involved as little or as much as they like.

"Take a picnic and enjoy being together in one of Rotorua's most beautiful and accessible recreational forests. It's a good clean (apart from the mud) free activity for the whanau."