Set in a spectacular former bath house (it's an architectural gem) the Rotorua Museum takes visitors on a quick and informative spin through the egion’s geological and cultural history. These include an important collection of Te Arawa taonga (treasures). Be sure to also stop by the Te Arawa War Memorial, near the museum, the contemporary Maori sculpture on the south side of the museum, and the assorted Maori carvings along the front fence of the gardens. It’s in this area too, that you’ll find the Te Runanga Tea House, built in 1903.
Editor's Note: Due to earthquake damage the museum is expected to be closed for renovation through 2018.