The Bath House building, home to Rotorua Museum, is an architectural landmark and is recognised as the city’s signature throughout New Zealand. Completed in 1908, the Bath House attracted visitors from around the world, lured by Rotorua’s curative waters. By day visitors bathed in the thermal baths and received a variety of treatments.
Evenings were a time for relaxation and entertainment. The Pump Room (foyer and mezzanine area) was the focal point for social occasions. The Pump Room features a spectacularly high ceiling, detailed plaster mouldings, finely crafted native timber fixtures, and commands sweeping views over the Government Gardens. The building, with its imposing presence, elegant gables and mullioned windows, will create lasting memories for guests.
The Pump Room has outstanding acoustics and is truly brought to life by vocal or instrumental entertainment. A dinner function can be enhanced with a guided tour or viewing of the Museum’s galleries.
Unravel the layers of Rotorua’s dramatic past through innovative exhibitions that capture the imagination, including the high impact cinema experience “Rotorua Stories” Guests can explore the fascinating and sometimes bizarre past of the building they are dining in - a place where patients were encouraged to bathe in electrifying currents! Those who venture beneath the building can also view the remaining baths in the buildings mud bath basement. For more information on this venue please contact the Blue Baths team.
The Bath House Viewing Platform at Rotorua Museum was reopened in April 2006 after being closed to the public for over 70 years. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of Government Gardens, Rotorua City, Lake Rotorua and Sulphur Bay from high on the rooftop of Rotorua Museum. From the platform you can also admire the intricate Elizabethan architectural features of the Bath House building. The Viewing Platform is available for exclusive cocktail functions, breakfasts or dinners. The Platform can accommodate up to 30 people for cocktails and 20 people for exclusive seated breakfasts of dinners (number may vary depending on the style of set up).