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Rotorua Museum

Rotorua Museum


Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua


(07) 350 1814

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays: 9am–5pm
  • Weekends: 9am–5pm
  • Closed on Public Holidays

Discover the essence of Rotorua: its people, culture and volcanic landscape. Visit Rotorua Museum and let us share with you the great stories which have shaped the past and present of this unique region.

Located in the world famous Bath House building, an architectural icon in itself, Rotorua Museum is the ideal start to your Rotorua adventure. Be thrilled by the cinema experience Rotorua Stories and enjoy a range of dynamic exhibitions.

Spanning eight galleries, the stunning permanent exhibition 'Ngā Pūmanawa o Te Arawa - The Beating Hearts of Te Arawa' follows the journey of the Arawa people from their origins in Hawaiki to their descendants today.

Enter the spiritual world of Te Arawa and trace the story of the devastating 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. Be awed by the legendary exploits of B Company of 28 Maori Battalion during World War II.

Investigate the remarkable past of the Rotorua Spa. Discover why people came from all over the world to visit the 'Great South Seas Spa' as our building was once known.

The museum is open 9am to 5pm from March to November and 9am to 6pm from December to February.

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