Story: Thermal pools and spas

Hot springs, Taupō

Hot springs, Taupō

The artist, naturalist and writer George French Angas travelled through the central North Island in 1844. Visiting the Waihī springs near Tokaanu he wrote, ‘The medicinal properties of these hot mineral springs preserve the natives in a healthy state, and render their skins beautifully smooth and clear.’ This watercolour by Angas is entitled ‘Hot springs or boiling ponds near Taupo Lake Oct. 26th 1844’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-020-038
Watercolour by George French Angas

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Thermal pools and spas - A valued resource', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006