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 to complement 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.
Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number CDR624).
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