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Blue Baths

Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-350 2119
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The Blue Baths is a beautiful heritage listed Bathhouse located in Government Gardens, Rotorua. An iconic feature of the city, the art deco Blue Baths daringly offered mixed sex bathing for the first time in a public facility in New Zealand, way back in 1931. Nowadays visitors can take a self guided gallery tour of the Museum or a dip in the historic geothermally heated pools. The building is also used as a venue for weddings and other special events. In the Lido Lounge (once the Adult Pool) seasons of original, homegrown theatre feature throughout the year. Summer 2106 see's The Choice (Jan 23 - Feb 26) directed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand, storm the stage. A cleverly scripted parody of the current cult of TV talent shows, The Choice showcases an outstanding line-up of kiwi talent. Än Auckland theatre critic says "Wickedly written, slickly performed and cleverly directed to parody the current talent show phenomenon that dominates our airwaves, The Choice is undoubtedly the funniest show I've seen for a long, long time. In fact I can't remember the last time we laughed so much until we wept. And yes they were definitely tears of joy watching the brilliant cast on stage at The Choice at the Blue Baths in Rotorua" Sharu Delilkan - Theatre Scenes.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived about an hour before closing and was able to enter. The small pools were hot but not so hot you can’t stay in them. The main pool is big enough for proper swimming. The changing rooms are being renovated so women had to...More

Thank Kiwiintheus
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a business conference awards dinner at this unique and stunning venue. What a setting! Beautifully presented tables in the old pool with canopies overhead, and the outdoor pool lit up as a backdrop.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

a great setting with the bathes in the background, a wide expansive space in the old pool where the conference took place

Thank 09Allan
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We dropped in here when we passed through Rotorua. The NZD 30.00 for a family was worth every cent. My kids loved switching between the three pools. It was beautiful and a real slice of history. We were able to use the showers to get...More

Thank Ross W
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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

The Blue Baths are set in a cool old building, with some original details like the signage. (The dining room is set on a floor over a former bath.) It was pretty empty when we went, the last hour it was open in late December....More

Thank Holly Epstein O
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

It did not seem that Blue Baths was meant for a pool or bath from the setting. The grand decoration could be better for it to be a restaurant or venue for wedding, birthday party, etc. The building itself is like a classy mansion from...More

Thank Good_Partner
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Had the pleasure of spending & hour or two here, having seen other reviews this is not to be confused with a Spa experience. Its a pool with 2 inner hot pools set in an historic building, if its a glitzy spa experience you're after...More

Thank Shogun55
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

I love the blue baths. It is never very busy and it very relaxing being about to swim under a blue sky without streams of people being there. It is old and could be doing with some TLC, but it an old building, it has...More

Thank k2512b
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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Do not waste your time going here- the pools were filthy. Looks like they haven’t been given some much needed TLC for years. We felt horrible after being here and really itchy from the dirty water. The changing and shower facilities were equally as horrible.

Thank kb882017
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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Went with a group from Cambridge. Not what I was expecting, signs are faded almost to the stage where you can’t read them. The entry was through a dark, damp smelly reception room, the changing rooms were shabby and the pool itself looked old and...More

Thank Tasi
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