Interesting about the story and treatment there, but kind of hooky, especially the simulation theature. Nice collection of artwork on the local history. Probably won't go back.
What a wonderful building well used for a variety of displays. The insight into the C19th earthquake was fascinating especially the theatre show of a simulated earthquake. Also insight into the Spa use in the past was very interesting.
On travelling to Rotorua I was recommended to visit by people at the I-site. found it interesting to visit, however given the shortage of time that I had I rushed my visit. I would recommend that anyone intending to visit gives themselves plenty of time to do so.
Lovely pleasant gardens surround this magnificent building. Take a stroll and take in the beauty of this great monument. Unfortunately didn't have the time to get inside and enjoy what was on display. Maybe next time.
Wow, what a job they have done with this once famous bath house. There is so much to see, a couple of great little movies. Loved the one where they showed you the events of the earthquake and the seats moving. Take your tme and see everything. They have a place to store your backpacks so you don't have to... More
Went to this museum with low expectations. Turned out to be very interesting. Set in the old bath house, learn all about the history of the Rotorua area and the impact of the eruption of Mt Tarawera on the area.
Initially the Museum wasn't on our itinerary, but the weather was a bit grim so we went there to while away some time. Easy to do! The conceptual design of the displays was brilliant and artefacts beautifully presented. The section on Maori culture was particularly good, we were there for ages. Check out the cellars of the old spa house... More
This museum in small Rotorua is exceptional architecturally--its tudor style sitting amid lush palms. It is fronted by clipped green lawns for bowling and croquet, and is just adjacent to the lush Government Gardens. Its first floor houses the old bath house remains, and in the adjacent wing an extensive exhibit on Maori history, white settlement, and volcanic activity in... More
Having been to the museum before we went back mostly because my husband wanted a second look and boy am I glad we did. The old bath house is as much as it has ever been, worth a quick look round and entertaining watching the film in the cinema, you can expect fun surprises. This time however when we had... More
Manaakitanga: "Feel the Spirit"! Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland and home to Te Arawa, the first inhabitants of the region whose descendants are the Maori. The museum is a historical building -once a spa centre and hospital- which was closed down due to the corrosion effects of the geothermal underground activity. Today it has been beautifully restored and houses the... More
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