Rotorua has a long history of tourism and is a great place to discover New Zealand's heritage and traditional Māori culture. The iconic Rotorua Museum is located only minutes walk from downtown Rotorua and is currently offering free daily tours of the beautiful Government Gardens, including the battle history of the area and grounds.
While you're there check out The Blue Baths Rotorua. Originally opened in 1931 and allowing somewhat daring mixed bathing, the former Mens changing rooms now display historical memorabilia and tell the stories of champion swimmers and divers who used the pool. After your tour, relax on the terrace of the newly opened The Social Room, overlooking the Government Gardens.
Join a tour at Te Puia and Whakarewarewa Māori Village to discover a guiding legacy that is more than 200 years old. Many of the guides have grown up in the Valley and are direct descendants of guides who hosted international visitors to the Pink and White Terraces, prior to the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption.
For something a little different discover what life was like in Biblical times at the Bibleworld Museum and Discovery Centre. See over 70 artefacts from Biblical times and try on a replica Roman helmet!