Rotorua Museum

Rotorua Museum

The beautiful Tudor-style Old Bath House structure, which currently houses the Rotorua Museum, is nestled within the serene Government Gardens on the banks of Lake Rotorua. Inside, a series of permanent installations trace Rotorua’s cultural evolution from pre-European times to the present.

The well-curated Nga Pumanawa o Te Arawa gallery concentrates on the Te Arawa Maori Tribe’s history, while the museum’s rooftop terrace (with spectacular views of the lake) and basement provide insight into the building’s 1908 roots as a renowned spa resort.

Fascinating ethnology exhibitions span the Pacific peoples, while other galleries focus on Rotorua’s social history and natural environs.