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 Rotorua's past, seen through cinema, galleries and historic locales.
When you get there, you'll want to spend some time in the Te Arawa and Tarawera galleries - the former 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, you'll want to check out the Bath House, an architectural icon of yesteryear, known the world over for its supposed curative therapies and a centerpiece for New Zealand tourism. In the Bath House, guests were encouraged to bathe in various types of mineral waters during the health craze of the early 20th century.
Within the Bath House Building is the Tudor Towers, a fantastic nightclub and restaurant that entertained the spa's guests with performances by top acts from New Zealand and around the world. The exhibition covers 30 years of the Towers' history, from its beginnings in the mid '60s to its popular Top of the Towers cabaret in the '70s and its evolution into Tudor Towers Promotions in the 1980s.