Rotorua Museum Tours

Please note: The Rotorua Museum is currently closed for earthquake assessment. The reopening is scheduled for 2021.

The Rotorua region is steeped in New Zealand's history, from the days of the Maori settlers to the advent of European explorers. At the Rotorua Museum, you'll get an in-depth view of the city's past, seen through cinema, galleries and historic locales.

Spend some time in the Te Arawa and Tarawera galleries, the former of which houses an extensive collection of ancient Maori art and artifacts, as well as treasured antique photographs from the European colonial era. The latter is dedicated to the eruption of Mt. Tarawera and the destruction wreaked in 1886.

After you've explored the galleries, check out the Bath House, an architectural icon of yesteryear known for its supposed curative therapies. Guests were once encourage to bathe here in various types of mineral waters during the health craze of the early 20th century.
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Address: Queens Drive, Government Gardens, Private Bag, Rotorua 3029, New Zealand
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1.5-Hour Rotorua Highlights Tour

Lying to the south east of Auckland, Rotorua is a land of geothermal pools, steaming geysers, and ancient Maori history. With this tour, explore Rotorua and take in the top attractions with ease. Hop into your vehicle and spin to sites of interest such as Government Gardens, Kuirau Park, Ohinemutu, the Polynesian Spa, and the Redwoods Forest. Stop along the way to capture the sites on camera, and listen as your guide sheds light on the region’s geothermal activities and Maori traditions.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$34.07 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu

This Tauranga shore excursion allows cruise passengers to explore Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu—one of New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse geothermal attractions. With a guide in the lead, there’s no need to worry about navigation, just take your time visiting geothermal landscapes and famous geysers. After a morning in Wai-O-Tapu, visit the Living Maori Village, and take a drive through Rotorua—also known as “Sulphur City” for its sulfur-rich air.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$138.38 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Rotorua Full Day Tour Including Maori Culture Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui

Explore New Zealand’s Maori culture, and marvel at geysers and mud pools beneath Mt Maunganui on this full-day Rotorua tour. Travel from Tauranga Port by coach with your guide and discover some of the North Island’s top attractions. Admire pristine beaches and million-dollar homes in Mt Maunganui. Visit the Kiwi 360 Visitor Centre to sample homegrown wine and fruit. Discover dense forests, shimmering lakes and rolling farmland, and immerse yourself in Maori culture in Rotorua. See bubbling mud pools and shooting geysers, and gain insight into traditional Maori crafts.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$110.56 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Rotorua Day Trip from Tauranga

Head inland for the day without the hassle of organizing tickets and rental cars on this Rotorua day trip departing from the Port of Tauranga. Visit a number of Rotorua highlights between your departure and return, including the Te Puia Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Explore Te Puia’s bubbling geothermal valley, see the explosive Pōhutu Geyser, and experience a kapa haka cultural performance performed by local Māori.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$111.26 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Tour Including Cultural Performance and Gondola Ride

Discover the highlights of Rotorua and the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley when your ship pulls into the Port of Tauranga. You'll pass through Mt. Maunganui en route to Pohutu Geyser and see a Maori concert at the Living Maori Village. Then check out Rotorua City before a stop at the Rotorua Skyline Gondola. This 7-hour shore excursion includes pickup and drop-off by minivan.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$131.42 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Full Day Hiking in Whirinaki forest

Explore one of New Zealand’s finest forest trails on this 7-hour hiking tour in the Whirinaki Forest from Rotorua. Travel from your accommodation in Rotorua into the Whirinaki Forest, widely considered among the world’s greatest rainforests. Follow your guide along hiking trails beneath the leafy canopy and marvel at mighty native trees such as ‘kahikatea’, ‘matai’, ‘miro’, ‘rimu’ and ‘totara’. Along the way, discover rich flora and fauna for which the forest is famous, and hear birdsong from the many different species of birds flying among the branches above.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$242.68 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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