Blue Baths

Blue Baths, Rotorua: Hours, Address, Blue Baths Reviews: 4.5/5

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Kathy
573 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited the Blue Baths while touring the Government Gardens in Rotorua. The building surrounding the pools is a prominent feature in the gardens, with it's lovely Spanish mission-style exterior and art deco arches. The beautiful blue pools contain geothermally heated water. At the time we visited, the pools were open for public bathing from 10 to 6 daily for $11 per person.
Written 16 May 2020
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Nzlass
Rotorua District, New Zealand144 contributions
Dec 2019
Wow wow wow get a ticket and don't miss It!!!!
What more can I say. Amazing talented performers
Fabulous meal, great drinks, beautiful venue, and loads of laughs with family
Written 15 December 2019
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42golf56_9
Coatesville, PA402 contributions
Nov 2019
We went swimming her on 2 afternoons after our main activities of the day. The water is beautiful and the pools are tiled, quaint, and look like 1930. The bathhouse is mind blowing ancient facility that still works! The admission was only 11$NZD per person, bring your own towel.
Written 2 December 2019
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Mr T
Auckland, New Zealand22 contributions
Oct 2019
The Blue Baths was the location of our annual works conference and what a fantastic place it was.
The history of the place makes it really special and having dinner in, or should I say on the indoor swimming pool, was quite intriguing.
Written 23 October 2019
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LondonAmaryl-lis
London, UK78 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
This was a special place to have a swim - very atmospheric, very quiet and very cheap! You can just visit the place, but why not enjoy the pool?
Written 8 May 2019
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MrMrsHappy
Scottish Borders, UK42 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
For $11 these baths are great value. Although old and in need of some further TLC you get 2 hot pools and 1 swimming pool .
Our visit was wonderful with the temperature being 32” in the shade.
Just a shame the upstairs cafe has shut as we would have used it.
Written 15 February 2019
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Graham J
Wagga Wagga, Australia445 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
We stopped at the Blue Baths for morning tea on our way to Te Puia Thermal Pools and Geysers. I Liked the way the old pool had been filled and finished with a concrete floor painted blue. The character and architecture of this old building is amazing. This art deco building opened in 1933 as Rotorua's first Thermal Bathing facility and operated as such until the 1960's when the opening of another public baths saw it's patronage decline and forced it's closure.
After a number of years the building was remodelled with the intention of it being a function centre. What used to be the main pool (Olympic size) is now set out with tables.
The scones we were served with our Devonshire tea were very nice, everyone was asking for more. This visit was with a tour group and the cost was included in the tour price so I cannot comment on cost.
Written 1 January 2019
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David Y
Willingham, UK17 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We found this excellent swimming pool by accident while walking in the public gardens near the currently closed Rotorua Museum.
As described by other reviewers the baths look Roman in style on the outside and after collecting our swimming gear from our car and paying the very modest entrance fee we found the inside also looked Roman.
The inside pool has previously been filled in and is used as an events venue. However the outside pool is still in use and we had a great swim. There was only one other couple using the pool and another gentleman came in to use the plunge pool at the side.
The water is chlorinated but is heated geothermal you by an adjacent hot spring. The temperature is pleasantly warm in the main pool and is hotter in the two side plunge pools, ideal for relaxing tired muscles.
Why this pool is not better advertised is surprising. The nearby Polonesian Spa seems to get all the publicity. Why not try the Blue Baths instead.
Written 3 October 2018
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agentall
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions
Jul 2018
Great place for dinner. Not as over touristy and overcrowded as Polynesian pools. Fantastic for truly relaxing and enjoying a good book and a good bath. Would chose the Blue Baths every time
Written 2 October 2018
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G D
Auckland, New Zealand139 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Nothing fancy, but wow! Let's you feel like you are in Italy. Simple main bath with 2 small warmer side basins. Just stunning. Built in 1933! Also reminded me of some of the baths in Budapest. Not many people. We had the whole complex to ourselves for most of the afternoon. Very clear water. Not much sulfur smell. Nice! Excellent location at the center of town with good parking opportunities. We will be back.
Written 13 August 2018
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