Story: Volcanic Plateau places

Roadside Stories: Luxury spa at Rotorua

In the 19th century the mineral waters of thermal springs were thought to cure an array of ailments. The government developed a luxurious bathhouse at Rotorua, hoping to attract international visitors by offering spa treatments alongside the area’s Māori culture and geothermal wonders.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Rotorua's bathhouse. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau places - Rotorua city', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35241/roadside-stories-luxury-spa-at-rotorua (accessed 8 August 2020)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 25 May 2015