Te Aroha Museum

The Domain, 102 Whitaker Street, Te Aroha 3320

07 884 4427


The Te Aroha and District Museum Society Inc showcases the story of Te Aroha, its district and its people through interesting and vibrant displays using artefacts from its extensive collection including the town’s rich spa history.

The Museum is situated in the Cadman Bath House in the middle of the Domain which has been home to the Museum since 1971. The Bath House opened in 1898 and was the first building commissioned especially for tourists to “take the waters”.  Te Aroha is hailed as “the birth place of tourism in New Zealand."

In 1971, the Te Aroha Mayor Henry Skidmore began the Museum, and from humble beginnings it has grown to be a captivating place of interest and is constantly developing, both through extending its collection and methods of display. The Museum is proud to showcase a great number of artefacts, along with photographs and the stories behind the objects and its people. 

The Museum welcomes school groups and can tailor visits according to the school’s needs which includes practical activities. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and has an internal toilet for visitors, and is happy to accept group bookings.

You can find more information and admission fees here, and keep up to date with all the latest news on Facebook.

Opening hours

Summer season
11.00am to 4.00pm
(from Labour Day weekend - Easter weekend)

Winter season
12 noon to 3.00pm
(from Easter weekend - Labour Day weekend)

Open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day.