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 artifacts 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 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 with a humble, but worthy, farm plough.  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 artifacts on show.  Along with temporary and permanent displays, special exhibitions are staged twice a year.  Our displays are updated and changed frequently making the Museum an interesting, relevant and vibrant place to visit.

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

Our current exhibition is the Suffrage Petition in Te Aroha


The Te Aroha Museum is trying to track down a decorative lead-light window commemorating the historic first ever crossing of the Tasman Sea by aeroplane.  Charles Kingsford-Smith's plane Southern Cross landed near Christchurch in 1928.  He later toured around New Zealand visiting many towns, including Te Aroha.  It is understood that the lead-light window was sold to someone in Te Aroha about a year ago and the Museum would ideally like to view and photograph it for our archives.  Can you help?  If so, please call the Museum on 07 884 4427 any time after 11am.


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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.