Story: Thermal pools and spas

Te Aroha spa

From 1883 the government began developing the thermal pools at Te Aroha. The resort soon became popular, partly because it was easily reached by rail from Auckland. By 1885 it was receiving more visitors than Rotorua, and this remained the case until the railway connection to Rotorua was completed in 1894. This early poster advertising Te Aroha as a health resort includes a railway map.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Thermal pools and spas - Government spas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006