• Meet Jane Foulkes once a theatre nurse and now one of our team of eager Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides

    Wednesday, 16 January 2019

    Jane says during her training she “has really enjoyed meeting a bunch of enthusiastic like-minded and just lovely people!” “I’ve learnt a lot about Rotorua – I never realized that the museum was a bathhouse, for me it was always a museum. People love hearing the stories, the gardens and the carvings”…


  • Meet volunteer guide Charlie Te Ata

    Meet Charlie Te Ata, a recent import to our country and newly married to a Te Arawa lad who whakapapa’s to Tutānekai. Charlie joined our team of eager Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides after wanting to learn more about her husband’s home. “I wanted to learn more about Rotorua…


  • Meet Brian Small, retired Methodist Minister and part owner of LJ’s Seafood in the Central Mall. 

    Thursday, 20 December 2018

    Brian is one of the new guides to join our team of keen Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides. Brian found learning about the history of the development of Rotorua very interesting – The Fenton Agreement, the leasing of the land and the consequent loss of expected income affecting the…


  • A Christmas in New Zealand, 1938

    Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    It is rare for a Museum to receive a whole record of one person’s Christmas holiday but that is what happened this year. Rotorua Museum was donated objects from an Australian visitor and the items came with a great story. They were collected by the donor’s mother, Helen Lawrie, when…


  • International Volunteers Day

    Wednesday, 5 December 2018

    The 5th of December is Volunteers Day and we would like to mark the occasion by recognising a 3-year project recently completed by some of our Museum’s volunteers. Although the Museum has been closed, the work of the Collections team continues much as normal at the store which houses the…


  • Armistice Day 2018 Rotorua Museum Guides

    Meet Annie Thode a retired teacher and ex-Aucklander, who has joined our team of enthusiastic Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides.

    Wednesday, 28 November 2018

    Annie and her husband run Rotorua Views Bed and Breakfast.  Annie is so enthusiastic about her new home and all she has learned about the history of Rotorua and the Bath House that she encourages all her visitors to take a tour round the gardens with our Rotorua Museum guides.…


  • Museum Project – Architects explain why the restoration is such a complex process

    Friday, 23 November 2018

    Matt and Bernard explain the complexities of working on one of the country’s iconic buildings, Rotorua Museum, two years after it closed its doors after the Kaikoura earthquake. They tell us why each design decision for the building has to be carefully researched and assessed. For more information about the…


  • Museum Project – Architects explain their previous experience in working on Rotorua Museum

    Wednesday, 21 November 2018

    In recognition of two years since the Rotorua Museum closed its doors, Matt Davy and Bernard Needham tell us about their part in restoring the Bath House building, home to Rotorua Museum. DPA Architects worked on alterations to the museum in 1997 while Bernard tells us about his first visit…


  • Museum Project – Hear from the architects about why they were keen to be involved in this project

    Sunday, 18 November 2018

    Today marks two years since the closure of the Rotorua Museum doors following the Kaikoura earthquake. Architects, Matt and Bernard, who’ve been appointed to help with restoring the Museum’s heritage Bath Housing building, tell us why they wanted to be involved. You can find out what’s happened over the past…


  • Lynn Gillespie

    Monday, 29 October 2018

    Meet Lynn Gillespie,a retired teacher, who has joined our team of enthusiastic ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour guides. While the closure of the Bath House has dealt a huge blow to Rotorua, I can see a positive; the ‘Outside the Walls’ tours give visitors and locals an opportunity they wouldn’t…


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