There was something for everybody as hundreds flocked to the first day of the Rotorua Home Show to browse the stalls.

Visitors could experience food, tread on fresh new carpet, sit in top-of-the-line cars or try their luck in The Hits Prize Dome.

They were offering free blood pressure tests and selling items to fundraise for the Rotorua branch over at the St John stall.

"Ambulance man" Liam Harper said it was complimentary, but they were welcoming donations.

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Getting your blood pressure checked is important, he said.

"If something is slightly out of whack, then we can get things started and get the ball rolling to treatment and recovery."

Visitors flock to the first day of the 2018 Rotorua Home Show. Photo / Ben Fraser
Visitors flock to the first day of the 2018 Rotorua Home Show. Photo / Ben Fraser

Martin Dobbe, from Urbo Homes, said it was shaping up to be a great Home Show.

"It's really just starting to warm up, we'll be having a big day on Saturday.

"For us, it's just about being here and getting the brand name out there."

Meanwhile, helloworld Rotorua is offering visitors a chance to win a trip for two to Fiji.

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Show-goers can enter the draw to win the prize valued at more than $5000, including four nights on Treasure Island.

The stall was full of people wanting to sign up and owner Deborah Kay said it had been "absolutely solid so far".

"There's a good mix of new faces but also of our regular clients coming in.

"Lots of people have come in to enter the draw and we've had some good chats about people holidays."

She said certainly the Friday had been a lot busier than last year.

Liam Muller, 9, tries his luck in the The Hits Prize Dome. Photo / Ben Fraser
Liam Muller, 9, tries his luck in the The Hits Prize Dome. Photo / Ben Fraser

"I expect the weekend will go really well."

It was the first time Aucklander Steph Taylor has exhibited her "artful elements" stall in Rotorua.

"It's early days yet but things have been good so far."

Taylor has been working on her products for the past year and a half and described them as "Kiwiana art, interiors and gifts".

On the first day, she had people admiring her wine charms and combing through the bookmarks.

She was looking forward to the full weekend.

Across the way, the Rotorua Anglers Club was making fishing flies and signing up members.

"We're trying to get more young people to join so it's not all about us oldies," Jennie Hilton said.

"It's been really good."

Rotorua Home Show
When: July 13 to 15, 10am to 5pm
Where: Energy Events Centre
Cost: Entry is $5
For more information: Contact NZME Events on 06 354 0498, see the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RotoruaHomeShow or the website www.rotoruahomeshow.co.nz