Welcome to the Te Aroha and District Museum

Te Aroha & District Museum Society Inc.

The Museum presents the history of the district through thousands of artefacts and extensive displays of historic photos; early Maori relics; gold mining days; early settlers; business and development; the Domain; and the town's rich spa history through which the story of Te Aroha, the district and its people is told.

The Museum's home, for the last 50 years, is the Cadman Bath House sitting splendidly at the top of the Domain and along with the other buildings at its side it forms the only complete Edwardian Domain remaining in New Zealand.  The Bath House opened in 1898 and was the first building commissioned especially for tourists - Te Aroha is hailed as "the birth place of tourism in New Zealand". 

In 1971 Te Aroha Mayor Henry Skidmore began the Museum; the first recorded item was a humble, but worthy, farm plough (still on display).  The Museum continues to be a vibrant place of interest and is constantly developing both through extending its collection and methods of display; the Museum is proud to have 75% of its artefacts on show. 

Our knowledgeable Museum hosts can answer questions on our displays both temporary and permanent; we stage special exhibitions and update and change our displays frequently so that the Museum provides a fascinating, relevant and informative place to visit.   

Check out our full immersion virtual reality tour on the Virtual Tourism New Zealand website: https://www.virtualtourismnewzealand.co.nz/te-aroha-museum---3d-tour.html

Did you know?  The Museums Aotearoa National Visitor Survey Comparison 2020-2021 records museums as places which offer visitors culture, local history, family history, connection, rejuvenation, relaxation, inspiration, satisfaction, education and pure enjoyment - museums are an important part of any community.  Museums Aotearoa.

The images above include:

Our home the Cadman Bath House, early 20th century

Our main street circa 1906 showing Hetherington's shop on the corner

Hand coloured view of the Domain with Whitaker Street beyond

Jones the saddlers and Wallace's Agricultural Implements, Whitaker Street circa 1916

Our current exhibition is the Suffrage Petition in Te Aroha


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Ph: +64 (0)7 884 4427

Email: tearohamuseum@xtra.co.nz

The Domain
102 Whitaker Street
Te Aroha 3320
New Zealand


ADULTS $5.00
Ages 5-16
FAMILY $14.00

2 Adults and up to 4 children aged 5-16 (under 5's free)

Sorry we do not have Eftpos


Summer season
11am to 4pm starts Labour weekend

Winter season
12noon to 3pm starts Easter weekend

Open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day, other times by appointment


The Museum is wheelchair accessible.  Vehicle access to the front door can be made by arrangement.