The images above are:

- 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

- A major exibition is about the local women who signed the Suffrage Petition

Can you help?

At the Museum we are researching Te Aroha's aviation history.  Do we have any aviation history?  Yes we do!  The first plane, an Avro, landed at Shaftesbury in 1922 piloted by Captain AC Upham.  In the late 1920s an aero club was based at Goodfellows field at Waihou where a hangar was built and many local flights were made.  In 1934 Jean Batten landed there and, in the same year, aviator Charles Kingsford Smith landed his large three-engined plane Southern Cross before taking several Te Aroha people on a tour around New Zealand.  Regretfully, in 1933 a fatal accident occurred when two small planes collided during an air pageant.

Be a part of history - can you help us with photographs and stories of these events so we can mount a display?  Call us on 07 884 8783 or 07 884 8533 or come in and see us if you can help.

Objects related to heritage play a huge role in how people experience the past, provoking interest, curiosity, memories and stories.  Interacting with items from our shared past brings a closer connection to where we've all come from. 

The Te Aroha 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.   

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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.

Unfortunately, we are not accepting group bookings at this time.