Spas and hot pools

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You can see this at Rotorua Museum

You can see this at Rotorua Museum

This is a group of patients on the front steps of the Services Convalescent Hospital now known as QE Spa.  You can see this photo and many more from the photo album of Kay Taylor on Kete Rotorua

This is a group of patients on the front steps of the Services Convalescent Hospital now known as QE Spa. You can see this photo and many more from the photo album of Kay Taylor on Kete Rotorua

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

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

Eph-A-TOURISM-Rotorua-1930s-02-front  Cover shows a central panel of text topped by a diamond-shaped inset picture of the Rotorua Bath House. From the top of the diamond, water pours down to fill the cups and glasses held in outstretched hands by Maori figures. The central panel text tells of the healthful effects of the Rotorua spa. It ends by urging readers to "take the train to Cureland".

Eph-A-TOURISM-Rotorua-1930s-02-front Cover shows a central panel of text topped by a diamond-shaped inset picture of the Rotorua Bath House. From the top of the diamond, water pours down to fill the cups and glasses held in outstretched hands by Maori figures. The central panel text tells of the healthful effects of the Rotorua spa. It ends by urging readers to "take the train to Cureland".

Opening of the Government Sanatorium and Baths, Rotorua, 13 August 1908. Image from Alexander Turnbull Library

Opening of the Government Sanatorium and Baths, Rotorua, 13 August 1908. Image from Alexander Turnbull Library

Opening the railway led to a growth in tourism. Rotorua was touted as "New Zealand's Premier Health Spa"

Opening the railway led to a growth in tourism. Rotorua was touted as "New Zealand's Premier Health Spa"

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 1920s.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Rotorua's bathhouse. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Rotorua's bathhouse. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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