Rotorua Museum – always a cultural highlight

The Rotorua Museum of Art and History is an outstanding art gallery and museum which is always fascinating to explore. This captivating institution is contained within an expansive building which was formerly known as the Bath House, a cultural attraction in its own right.
Many interesting artefacts and artworks may be seen at Rotorua Museum in a number of engrossing collections. The Fine Arts Collection contains a number of acclaimed images portraying New Zealand, contemporary as well as historical artworks, different sculptures, handicrafts and ceramics. Meanwhile, the Taonga Maori Collection displays valuable relics of the Arawa ethnic group, the native inhabitants of the region of Rotorua. On the other hand, the Social History Collection features artefacts relating to the period following settlement by Europeans, with a noteworthy collection of unique souvenirs. The Photographic Collection is another highlight, with more than 70,000 pictures of Rotorua’s vibrant past.

The museum features a number of attractive experiences which will appeal to the young as well as older visitors. Two enthralling cinematic presentations have been constructed to make the museum’s elements come to life, to make it an entertaining as well as educating experience for all guests. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic vistas from the Viewing Platform on the building’s rooftop. You will be able to see across Lake Rotorua, the Government Gardens and the Sulphur Bay, a truly memorable sight. You can also take a guided tour of the institution conducted by one of the museum’s entertaining and experienced guides, who will provide an informative tour of the establishment’s salient features. On the other hand, children can take part in the special kids’ activities such as the Discovery Trails where they can engage in an educational detective game.

Exploring the expansive Bath House Building is an activity in itself, as it consists of many different chambers and hallways. This edifice formerly served, as its name suggests, as a well-known spa which attracted patrons from around the world. If you would like to stay at a convenient Rotorua hotel you will find an excellent choice in the Millennium Hotel Rotorua. This outstanding hotel in Rotorua provides quality accommodation and courteous hospitality.

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday. Google+

Hell’s Gate Rotorua – Bubbling, Fuming Glory

New Zealand has a number of attractions that show the intricacies and extremes of Mother Nature. Hell’s Gate Rotorua is one of those areas where the earth is always on the edge. The Earth’s unbridled power to nurture and destroy at the same time can be aptly experienced here. It is a land of contrasts that are on two extremes. On one side there is nature’s raw authority, and on the other there is beauty that is caused by that very same ruthless supremacy. It is simply a place to be overwhelmed by the control of the earth and its natural forces.

Hell’s Gate Rotorua is one of the fieriest thermal areas in the region and it is also one of the biggest active volcanoes in the world. It is regarded to be home to New Zealand’s largest boiling whirlpool, hot spraying pools, mud pools and even a hot water fall. It is a place where tourists go to see bubbling mud pools, boiling waters and fumaroles that make one get unnerved by the sheer force of nature. At the same time they are magical due to power that they hold, the beautiful vistas that are created and misty warm waters that cascade down the waterfalls. Many visitors make it a point to enjoy a mud bath which is said to be full of nature’s goodness in the form of minerals which are used in beauty products. There are a number of mud spas and other facilities to cater to the rising demand by beauty conscious travellers who come here to see these wonders of nature.

For travellers looking for a great holiday that has a combination of the best of Mother Nature and the finest that modern lifestyles can provide, there are a number of New Zealand hotels that provide exactly what one looks for. With a number of attractions ranging from the breathtaking scenery, beaches and cultural attractions in the region, there are a variety of Greymouth hotels that a traveller can choose from to spend their holiday. However for those looking for unmatched comforts and excellent hospitality there is Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ.


Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Caliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered.


Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley – Nature at its best

It was when a mountain exploded, transforming the surrounding landscape outside Rotorua in 1886 that this scenic beauty mesmerizing many pairs of eyes ever since had been created. In the Maori language, Waimangu stands for “dark water” and it is not clear as to whether this indicates the mysterious depths of some of the naturally created pools found in this enchanting place or the dark and dreary event that was instrumental in forming this mystic valley. Located only 20 minutes away from Rotorua, most people who visit this place make it a point to lodge in a hotel in Rotorua and a Rotorua hotel that is preferred by many for this purpose is Millennium Hotel Rotorua which offers all the modern amenities that a traveller may possibly need. Warbrick Terrace is a visual masterpiece in the hues of gold, rust, green and black while the Emerald pools located in the area are known for their luscious green colour winking at the visitors in their full glory.

Mount Tarawera – The sleeping giant

Located several kilometres from Rotorua, Mount Tarawera lies dormant today, having been responsible for New Zealand’s largest dome and historic eruption. Made up of about 17 kilometres of rhyolitic lava domes that were fissured down the middle by an explosive basaltic eruption that occurred in the year 1886, this is indeed a splendid sight to witness despite the destruction that it had caused in the past. While in the area, one must simply lodge in a Rotorua hotel to find out what other marvels that this beautiful city offers. Millennium Hotel Rotorua is a hotel in Rotorua that is located within close proximity to all the places of interest within the area.

In the year 1886, between 1 and 2 cubic kms of basaltic lava erupted from this volcano killing 120 people, also destroying the beautiful pink and white sinter terraces in Lake Rotomahana. Today this sleeping giant lies serene, with a gaping 6 kilometre cater as a remainder of the devastation it had caused many years ago.