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“Cool venue, cool Superstars show”
Review of Blue Baths

Blue Baths
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US$97.20*
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Palmerston North
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cool venue, cool Superstars show”
Reviewed 16 July 2012

The blue baths is a pretty cool and unusual venue. Once the diving pool, now filled in and roofed over with a funky retro feel.
Superstars is a fun show. It starts just OK with entertaining impressions, but gets better and better... at 11pm when we left they were still rocking out on various classic hits.

Visited July 2012
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Warsaw, Poland
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Enjoyed it”
Reviewed 30 June 2012

Swimming pool with warm water, two hot pools by the sides, did not notice them at first; very few people so we had practically the place to ourselves; dressing rooms rather primitive, don't expect much

Visited March 2012
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 reviews
“Swimming”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

Very basic not very appealing for overseas visitors.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“retro swimmage!”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

a step back in time to this tasteful outdoor enclosed swimming pool which is generally a little on the cool side with hot spa pools on either side of the main pool, a generally peaceful place for a swim, nice music from the 30s...

Visited February 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Sadly not able to view”
Reviewed 18 April 2012

SAdly this was not able to be viewed unless you were swimming. A pity as I had remembered this from my childhood

Visited April 2012
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TheBlueBaths, Sales and Events Coordinator at Blue Baths, responded to this review, 12 September 2012
Hi Jocej,
Thanks for your review. This is an operational venue and due to health and Safety reasons we do not let visitors walk around the building unless they are heading straight through to the pools to go swimming.
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