Museums & Galleries

With a history of tourism and manaakitanga, Rotorua is great place to discover New Zealand’s heritage and traditional Māori culture.
The iconic Rotorua Museum, one of New Zealand’s most-photographed buildings, is the starting point for free daily tours of the beautiful Government Gardens. Take in the museum grounds, learn about the interesting history of battles, buildings and the area that was transformed from a wilderness of scrub, hot pools and geysers into an oasis of Victorian charm.
Join a tour at Te Puia or Whakarewarewa Living 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.
The Arts Village is home to more than 30 arts and cultural groups, and provides a venue for many one-off or annual activities with a bustling calendar of exhibitions, floor talks and arts networking events, and a variety of art classes for adults and children.
For something a little different discover what life was like in Biblical times at the Bibleworld Museum and Discovery Centre. More than 70 artefacts from Biblical times are on display and you can try on a replica Roman helmet!

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Bibleworld Museum & Discovery Centre

Museums & Galleries, Central

Bibleworld Museum & Discovery Centre is a great place for adults and children to explore what life was like in Bible times.

Adventure Games Rotorua

Museums & Galleries, Central

Adventure Games Rotorua gets your team out and about, working together to solve an exciting mystery. You’ll love the challenge of solving the puzzles and clues, at the same time learning something about local history, culture and nature. Developed by Escapade – NZ's best rated escape room business.

3D Trick Art Gallery

Museums & Galleries, Central

Immerse yourself into the picture and enjoy the magical journey.

Rotorua Settlers and Steam Museum

Museums & Galleries, East

Come and explore some of our district's past!

Government Gardens

Museums & Galleries, Central

Government Gardens is a beautiful public park situated along the edge of Lake Rotorua and just minutes from the city centre.

The Arts Village

Museums & Galleries, Central

The Arts Village is a community cultural centre focused on art, craft and culture.

Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Museums & Galleries, East

New Zealand’s most-visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption come to life.

Amokura Glass

Museums & Galleries, North

Come into Amokura Glass to see how glass is made or to try working with glass yourself.