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In the 19th century the mineral waters of thermal springs were thought to cure an array of ailments. The government developed a luxurious bathhouse at Rotorua, hoping to attract international visitors by offering spa treatments alongside the area’s Māori culture and geothermal wonders.

Thermal pools and spas,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/thermal-pools-and-spas

Geothermal tourism and spas,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/volcanic-plateau-region/6

Rotorua city,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/volcanic-plateau-places/4

Māori entrepreneurs in Rotorua,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/tourist-industry/2

Bath House opening,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/volcanic-plateau-places/4/2

Municipal Public Gardens,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/public-gardens/3

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, http://www.soundarchives.co.nz/. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number CDR624).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/

Map showing Rotorua Government Gardens - Roadside Stories