Story: Thermal pools and spas

Wairākei’s health benefits

Medical practitioners often recommended a spa holiday for those who were stressed or run-down. The combination of healing waters, good food, invigorating climate and rest was seen as rejuvenating. In this 1890s testimonial, Dr F. H. L. Allen cites Wairākei as a holiday destination for ‘the invalid or tired businessman’.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Thermal pools and spas - Health benefits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006