The arches are made of wood and they used to span the intersection of Fenton and Hinemoa Streets. Click here to see the distance on a map. They were designed to represent the royal crown. They were erected in 1901 to honour the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary).
Unfortunately I was unable to get into the museum as there is some restoration works still taking place. It is because of the earthquakein Christchurch six years ago. This museum sits on the same fault line and got damaged. There is plans for the place to be fixed but they think this may take two years before the place is open again.
It still looks beautiful from the outside!
It was an Edwardian attempt to create a spa in an Elizabethan style of architecture. The building once provided treatments to thousands of people before it closed in 1966.
The bronze sculpture was unveiled in June 2001 to mark the new millennium. The inspiration for this sculpture came from the melding of Maori and European cultures in the area.
Below are a few more images from the garden, including some of the lovely flowers which were in bloom.
This memorial commemorates Fred Wylie, a young soldier from Galatea who fought in the Boer War with the fourth New Zealand Contingent. He was the son of the first store keeper in Rotorua, Joseph Wylie, and a member of the unit called ‘Rough Riders’, he was killed leading an attack at Klipfontein on 26th May 1901.