Discover the great stories of the Rotorua region through our innovative exhibitions and cinema experiences. Learn about the rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures that have shaped this fascinating region.

Whether you have an hour or a day to fill in you will find plenty of things to entertain you at Rotorua Museum. Our innovative exhibitions and entertaining cinema experiences will capture your imagination.

Discover the great stories of the Rotorua region

The stunning Bath House building can be explored from the mud bath basement to the viewing platform on the rooftop.

Regular tours are available with our friendly guides and there are special activities for the kids.

Choose from the links below to find out more.

things-to-see-and-do-1CINEMA EXPERIENCES

Don’t miss the two entertaining cinema experiences that bring the museum’s stories to life. Both cinemas run regularly throughout the day and are included in the admission.
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CINEMA EXPERIENCES

THE VIEWING PLATFORM

Enjoy panoramic views of the Government Gardens, Lake Rotorua and Sulphur Bay from the Viewing Platform on the rooftop of the building.
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE VIEWING PLATFORM

things-to-see-and-do-3TAKING THE CURE

The Rotorua Bath House was once known as the Great South Seas Spa. People came from all over the world to indulge in the curative and sometimes bizarre treatments that were administered here.
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NGA PUMANAWA O TE ARAWA

Enter the amazing world of the Arawa iwi (tribe), the original inhabitants of the area. Follow their dramatic journey, from origins far across the Pacific Ocean to their lives in Rotorua today.
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NGA PUMANAWA O TE ARAWA

FOR THE KIDS

Find out about special activities just for the kids. Our children’s activities are both entertaining and educational and help them to discover the stories of Rotorua for themselves.
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHAT’S ON FOR THE KIDS

things-to-see-and-do-8GUIDED TOURS

Join one of our knowledgeable, entertaining guides for a guided tour of Rotorua Museum. Tours run regularly through the day and are included in the admission.
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GUIDED TOURS

THE BATH HOUSE BUILDING

Explore the stunning Bath House Building from basement to rooftop. An ongoing restoration programme will ensure the Bath House remains one of New Zealand’s historic landmarks.
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BATH HOUSE BUILDING

Image top right: By permission, Pukaki Trust. David Hamilton Photography
Header: Rotorua Museum, David Hamilton Photography
Image Nga Pumanawa o Te Arawa: Rotorua Museum, David Hamilton Photography
Image For the Kids: Rotorua Museum, David Hamilton Photography