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Blue Baths

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Address: Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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+64 7-350 2119
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Blue Baths is a beautiful heritage listed Bathhouse located in...

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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Amazing wedding!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 fabulous location.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 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 it either. Would appeal equally to locals or tourists.

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Canberra, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 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 need of love and care. It is a tremendous waste of a national treasure. I'm... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 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 this is it!!!

Thank davidjohnstone
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We arranged a wedding reception here for about 20 people, the organisation was excellent and they were able to hastily rearrange the ceremony due to inclement weather. The food and service was top quality and I would like to thank all the staff who arranged it

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Tried blue baths hot pools for the first time and it was a good experience but is the lAst place i'd go for hot pools. Pros: 1. Quiet since the place is not usually busy and packed 2. You can actually swim in the pool since it's not geothermal water unlike the other hot pools 3. Cheap! Child: $6 Adult:... More 

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We used to go there as kids with our parents many years ago, it still has the same character as way back then, it is very original with being well maintained - I was surprised at how gorgeous it is, the two small heated pools on the side of the large pool where super hot and very enjoyable to relax... More 

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Waitakere City, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Wow what a splendid place to host an entertaining dinner event. Place was booked for a private function at blue baths. Great locaton with well presented hall and function room.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

I'm almost reluctant to let people in on how wonderful the Blue Baths are for fear of it becoming too popular! My husband and I along with our 2 1/2 year old visited for the first time today. In the drizzly Rotorua rain we had the main pool to ourselves. The other outer pools are heated to a higher temp... More 

Thank LisaKS_12
Nokomis, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Our tour bus stopped here as a part of our excursion to Rotorua and Te Puia, and it was a very refreshing stop. We had about an hour to tour the facility, eat fabulous scones with butter and drink hot tea, with a brief walk around the flower displays and museum outside of the baths. Stop in while you're in... More 

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