The gorgeous Spanish Mission–style Blue Baths opened in 1933 (and, amazingly, were closed from 1982 to 1999). If you feel like taking a...
Ballbusters has a nine-hole course (adult/child $16/12), minigolf ($12/9) and a driving range (80 balls $11). There's also a baseball...
A bathhouse opened at these Government Gardens springs in 1882, and people have been swearing by the waters ever since. There is mineral...
Tamaki Maori Village
Tamaki does a twilight tour to a marae (meeting house) and Māori village 15km south of Rotorua. Buses collect from the Hinemaru St...
Coconut Cafe & Restaurant
Owned by a friendly southern Indian family from Kerala, this riot of yellow and lime-green decor also serves up authentic dishes from...
Queens Dr, Government Gardens · interesting places nearby
Rotorua Museum information
This outstanding museum occupies a grand Tudor-style edifice. A 20-minute film on the history of Rotorua, including the Tarawera eruption, runs every 20 minutes from 9am. The Don Stafford Wing , dedicated to Rotorua's Te Arawa people, features woodcarving, flax weaving, jade and the stories of the revered WWII 28th Māori Battalion. Also here are two art galleries and a cool cafe with garden views (although the best view in town is from the viewing platform on the roof).
The museum was originally an elegant spa retreat called the Bath House (1908): displays in the former shower rooms give a fascinating insight into some of the eccentric therapies once administered here, including 'electric baths' and the Bergonie Chair.