Monday, February 1, 2010

Taking Tea

I spent a lot of time wandering around Rotorua’s Government Gardens when I last visited the city during my 2009 Frommers New Zealand update in May. And for the first time, I peeked through the windows of Te Runanga Tea House.

Built in 1903 as a tea pavilion, Te Runanga was a popular meeting place in Rotorua for many years. It was a place to relax with friends and perhaps enjoy a drink of tea or mineral water – that is, until the Blue Baths tearooms opened in 1933. From then until its closure in 1991, Te Runanga served as a bowling pavilion. It was re-opened in 1993 after it had been extensively restored.

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