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Rotorua Museum – Te Whare Taonga O Te Arawa
Visit Rotorua’s excellent museum to hear the stories which have shaped the past and present of our region. Located in the architecturally iconic and world-famous Bath House.
Discover what made people come from all over the world to ‘take the waters’ and indulge in the treatments administered right here in the Bath House. This is a building with a captivating past.
Other exhibitions include a discovery of the violent and devastating eruption of Mount Tarawera, the fascinating story of B Company 28 Maori Battalion in World War II and a stunning exhibition of ancient taonga (treasures) of the Maori people.
The ‘Rotorua Stories’ cinematic experience is one aspect of the museum that you must see. CGI technology brings our fascinating and turbulent past to life, while surround sound puts you right in each dramatic scene. This cinema experience runs every 20 minutes.
The Museum is open every day except Christmas Day, from 9am to 5pm (in winter) or 8pm (in summer) and is just a 15 minute drive from Holdens Bay.
After your visit, stop to smell the roses in the Museum’s grounds - Government Gardens or enjoy a picnic amongst the Edwardian elegance of the landscape.
Action New Zealand
For a guaranteed fun day out, head to Action New Zealand, where you can try your hand at Archery, Axe and Knife throwing, electronic clay-target shooting, riding a mechanical bucking bull and more. Or challenge your group members to an outdoor combat game – ambush, attack and defend in an awesome bush location.
ShortGolf (a 9 hole short course) is also at Action New Zealand.
Experience a true New Zealand success story based on Kiwi ingenuity on a grand scale - the world’s only geothermal Prawn Farm. Enjoy al fresco dining with spectacular river views - delicious Prawn Patters and non-Prawn dishes. Guided Prawn Farm tours are available and the whole family will have fun playing a game of 'Killer Prawn' golf. The Prawn Farm is around a one-hour drive from Holdens Bay.
Ride a gondola up high, to a point on the side of Mt Ngongotaha. At the top, you’ll be treated to all-embracing views of Rotorua city, lakes, geothermal activity and surrounding hinterlands.
There is plenty here at Skyline Skyrides to amuse the whole family. Jump on board your own luge and cruise (or speed!) down the mountain on the scenic, intermediate or advanced luge tracks with over 5 kilometres of track options to ride! The Sky Swing is an exhilarating ride of up to 150 kph and 50 metres off the ground. Test your skill at Fun Gun, with safe Pump Action Rifles. After all the action, experience one of the best al fresco dining options in Rotorua with an amazing view. Terraces Café has a fabulous all-day menu and Cableway Restaurant and Bay is a stunning venue for a romantic dinner or special occasion – tuck into mouth-watering seafood, prime New Zealand meats, fresh salads, New Zealand cheese boards and much more as you stare out over the lake and the twinkling lights of the city.