New Zealand's first therapeutic spa opened in Rotorua in 1885 and spa treatments soon became popular. This man is receiving an electricity-based treatment in the 1920s.

New Zealand's first therapeutic spa opened in Rotorua in 1885 and spa treatments soon became popular. This man is receiving an electricity-based treatment in the

The Bath House and sanatorium grounds on the shores of Lake Rotorua - postcard showing image by C Parkerson.

The Bath House and sanatorium grounds on the shores of Lake Rotorua - postcard showing image by C Parkerson.

Bathing in Pavillion baths, Government Gardens, Rotorua. Pre 1901 image from Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga O Te Arawa

View of four naked men bathing in a pool and looking at the camera.

You can see this at Rotorua Museum

Photograph taken for the Evening Post newspaper of Wellington by an unidentified staff photographer.

In the heyday of the spa some seemingly bizarre treatments were offered. For instance, this hot-air bath exposed the patient to intense dry heat from electric wires. The two men are being treated for shoulder and leg problems at the Rotorua government sanatorium in 1926. Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Railways Collection (PAColl-5167)  Reference: PA1-f-051-27-3

The Greville hot-air bath

The Rotorua bathhouse opened in 1908.

The Rotorua bathhouse opened in

The Bath House, in the Government Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand. The building is now a museum.

The Bath House, in the Government Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand. The building is now a museum.

Rachel Pool at QE

Rachel Pool at QE

Hells Gate at Tikitere

Hells Gate at Tikitere


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