Story: Volcanic Plateau region

Men bathing in Rotorua

Men bathing in Rotorua

Separate facilities were provided for thermal bathing by men and women. This group are probably in the men’s bath at the Duchess pool, around 1926. The Duchess and Pavilion pools were demolished early in 1930. New baths, named after the late prime minister Joseph Ward, a frequent visitor to Rotorua, were opened in September 1931. Three months later the mixed-bathing Blue Baths were opened.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Railways Collection (PAColl-5167)
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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau region - Geothermal tourism and spas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015