Kōrero: Thermal pools and spas

Māori use of thermal pools (1 o 3)

Māori use of thermal pools

For generations, Māori have used thermal waters for medicinal purposes, especially for skin complaints and rheumatic diseases. This oil painting by John Philemon Backhouse shows Māori people bathing in two small thermal pools near the edge of Lake Rotorua about 1880. The title, ‘Old painkiller bath, Te Kauwhanga Point, Rotorua’ makes clear the therapeutic properties of the waters.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-053-004
Oil painting by John Philemon Backhouse

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Thermal pools and spas - A valued resource', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/6440/maori-use-of-thermal-pools (accessed 23 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006