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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-350 2119
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I attended a function here which was located in the old pool itself with the setting outside. It was terrific to see the pools and the location. It was beautiful. The staff were friendly, the food was great. it was beautiful and I would recommend...More

Thank 795rebekahw
Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

Love the fact that not many tourists go to this place! Great large pool for the kids to swim with hotter adult pols to the side so you can watch the kids from them

Thank scooby104
Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

We agree with the reviewer that said that these baths are so under promoted. If you want to avoid the pricy mud-pool,spa etc sites, where you can pay over 100 dollars for a relaxing experience, here, for $11 each we had exclusive use of the...More

2  Thank Lesley D
Reviewed May 12, 2017

I knew this place from happy memories of childhood holidays and returned for a soak after the Rotorua marathon. It was deserted - which I couldn't understand. At $11 for an adult and $30 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children...More

Thank Tafianz
Reviewed April 11, 2017

It was arrive, change into togs, and slide gently into the Hot Pool at the side of the main swimming pool. Once fully relaxed which took about 5 minutes I was ready to get into the Blue Bath. Wow, it was cooler but still warm...More

1  Thank glausiuss
Reviewed April 3, 2017

Thank you for sending us to your lover Kitchen for some lovely Waffles, Tasty, plus a lovely coffee that was needed

Thank Merv-Taupo
Reviewed March 22, 2017

This was a great venue for a wedding we attended. Lots of history, charming place for the ceremony, lots of photo opportunities, fantastic venue for the dinner and dancing and speeches. The food was fabulous, staff all friendly and attentive. A fantastic occasion in a...More

Thank Jo1232016
Reviewed January 22, 2017

Had previously seen the Blue Baths when visiting Rotorua, however did not really know much about the facilities / services offered. Enjoyed a swim in the pools at a very reasonable cost. Surprised how quiet it was, perhaps suggesting not many other people know about...More

Thank 177bryanf
Reviewed November 6, 2016

I'm very sad to say that the Blue Baths, which could be one of the main attractions of Rotorua, are dismal. Run down and neglected, the original signs are there but faded nearly out of recognition, and the surfaces (floors, paintwork, tiles ...) desperately in...More

2  Thank Didi1945
Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Last night we held our gala awards night for Kepa financial services at the Blue baths. What a beautiful venue, excellent food and beverages, attentive staff and the room looked spectacular. 10 out of 10 If you are looking for a function venue in Rotorua...More

Thank davidjohnstone
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