Story: Thermal pools and spas

Cars and spas

Cars and spas

The arrival of the motor car, and its increasing popularity from the 1920s, allowed New Zealand families to take day trips and holidays. Remote hot springs became accessible, and many thermal resorts built swimming pools to attract visitors who wanted to relax and have fun. The changing perception of thermal pools is foreshadowed in this cropped photograph of a weekend motor trip to Hanmer Springs from Christchurch organised as a promotion by the Tourist Department.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Thermal pools and spas - Leisure and pleasure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006