The Rotorua Museum of Art and History, housed in the old Bath House building, looks over Government Gardens. There are sports facilities, including the Blue Baths swimming pool, a bowling green, and a croquet lawn. There is also a bandstand. The Polynesian Spa is close by, beside Lake Rotorua.
This site is of historical significance to the local Maori people, with battles having been fought here. The Maori gave 50 acres of land here to the British Crown in the late 1800s. The New Zealand government opened a large bath house here in 1908. In 1933 a second building, the Blue Baths, opened. The Blue Baths were closed in the 1980s, but have now been restored. The original Bath House was converted into a museum, which opened in 1988.
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