Rotorua Museum of Art and History, Te Whare Taonga O Te Arawa.
Built at the beginning of the 20th Century, this building was originally the Bath House. New Zealand's history is very young, but this is one of the earlier gems. Of course the influence of the British settlers is apparent, this building is an architectural icon of New Zealand.
The museum exhibits the history of the people of the Te Arawa tribe, orginating in their ancient homeland of Hawaiki.
There is also exhibits on the maori involvement in WWII and of the history of Mount Tarawera and it's eruption which counts as the countries worst ever natural disaster.
Fondest memory: The museum is situated in Government Gardens and is surrounded by lake shores, bush walks and geothermal fields.
tel: 07 349 4350
Open daily except Christmas Day:
0900 - 1700 hrs (winter)
0900 - 1800 hrs (summer)