We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Rotorua Museum”
Review of Rotorua Museum

Rotorua Museum
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Tour Including Cultural...
More Info
and up
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Kiwi Fruit Orchard...
More Info
and up
Rotorua Full Day Tour Including Maori Culture Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui
Ranked #15 of 113 things to do in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Rotorua Museum is currently closed for earthquake strengthening. In the meantime Rotorua Museum is running a limited programme of exhibitions, events and education programmes in other venues around Rotorua. We also run free twice-daily tours (11am & 2pm) in Government Gardens - including the history of the buildings, battles and historical sites around the gardens, the sculpture trail, and the ongoing programme that has seen the release of several endangered New Zealand falcons into the gardens. Please visit www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz for latest information including status updates, tour details and our current programme of events, exhibitions and education.
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Very interesting to understand the history of ways to use the healing muds of Rotorua and treatment of returned soldiers.
Great section on the 1960's use of venue.

Thank Colleen A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (1,241)
There are newer reviews for Rotorua Museum
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

904 - 908 of 1,241 reviews

Reviewed April 6, 2014

Originally housed the baths and there is much to see from these days. This is an extensive museum with much to see. It is a most attractive building externally. The cinema gives a short film on the Mount Terewara eruption in graphic detail. Hang on to your seats! Well worth climbing up to the roof for the views

Thank Totti M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 3, 2014

We saw the excellent film and experience on the earthquake whilst waiting for the guided tour to start. We met the guide who explained that she would be using a microphone and earpiece system as she had a quiet voice! As a hearing aid user this was not an option for me. Why on earth she needed this system for 5 people I do not know. This is the first time my mild deafness has excluded me from doing something and I was upset. The guide and staff on reception couldn't care less. We carried on ourselves and saw the underground baths (very interesting) and the view from the tower. There is a lot on Maori history but as mentioned in other reviews you really need the guided tour to bring it together and do it in the right order. A poor experience for us and definitely poor value.

Thank yarrow1946
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
RotoruaMuseumAdmin, Manager at Rotorua Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2014

Hi and thank you for taking the time to post your review for Rotorua Museum. I'm sorry you didn't have a great experience with us, and particularly that you felt our staff didn't assist you as they should. We have shared your feedback with our staff to ensure this doesn't happen in the future. We use the audio guides partly to enable our guides to share information with visitors without intruding on other visitors in the galleries (so they dn't have to raise their voices), and also to enable the groups to spread out and look at a variety of objects in the galleries, and still be able to hear the guide from wherever they are. We have used the audio guides successfully with other visitors wearing a hearing aid so I'm not sure why they didn't work well in your case, and we will investigate this.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 3, 2014

I would link the Museum and the Gardens under the same visit so check out reviews under both attractions. The museum is a must and use of a guide a must. Housed in an iconic Tudor style building that was once the Blue Baths. A treasure of a building that is now the home to a lovely range of Maori artifacts, carvings,paintings etc. that are displayed in such a way that a visit cannot fail to interest you.

Thank John H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 1, 2014

We spent a few days in Rotorua and decided to visit the museum, we're not really museum type people but we'd heard it was worth a visit and it definitely is.
It's a beautiful building with lots of lovely areas to sit in outside too.
There are two 'cinemas' inside,one showing a film about Maori's in the war and the other was about an earthquake which had moving seats and everything!
There's so much information inside and so many things to look at we ended up spending hours there.
It's $20 but well worth it.

Thank BackpackinBrit
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Rotorua Museum also viewed

Rotorua, Rotorua District
Rotorua, Rotorua District

Been to Rotorua Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing