Rotorua History

Go to the Heritage area at the far end of the library to find out about the history of Rotorua. The Heritage information desk is staffed at all times and our staff are happy to help you with your research or just show you around.​Books on Rotorua history that are available for loan can be found in the NZ History/Travel collection and the Mā​ori Non-Fiction collection in the centre of the library under the dewey decimal number 993.423. DVDs, including the Hindsight series of TV documentaries about the growth of Rotorua in the 20th century are also available for loan.

Rotorua Library Heritage area

All resources in this area are for reference use only and need to be used within the Heritage area

The Rotorua and Te Arawa Heritage collections include a reference copy of items published in or about Rotorua

Don Stafford Files - research notes compiled by historian Don Stafford while writing his books on Rotorua history. His files include extensive indexes, newspaper clippings, references and transcripts. Library staff can help you to use these files.

Maps – Historical, topographical, bathymetric and forestry maps relating to Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty

Local newspapers - for details of what we hold, click here  

Indexes - Library staff have developed indexes to help you to find information about Rotorua's past. Ask at the Desk​

Reports and theses ​


Other Resources

Kete Rotorua - Your place online to share and preserve your Rotorua photos, stories and memories.

Newsletters and yearbooks from local clubs, schools and organisations are in temporary storage. Please ask staff about what we hold and to arrange access.

Some archives containing records of local clubs and organisations are in temporary storage. Please ask staff about what we hold and to arrange access.

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