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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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Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-350 2119
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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...More

Thank John D
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...More

3  Thank tinylyss
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...More

Thank gavnrob2015
Reviewed 23 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.

Thank PrashantFiji
Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank LisaKS_12
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...More

1  Thank Leejoe
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

The baths are nearly always quiet, which is a big part of the attraction for me. There is a main pool and 2 hotter spas. There is an adjacent museum housing vintage swimsuits and other period pieces. The architecture is Art Deco Spanish. There is...More

Thank UmJoel
Reviewed 26 June 2016

This place is amazing the entertainment is second to none we just had a conference and this was a venue hired for our awards dinner everyone had an amazing night and i can not stress enough how fantastic the entertainment was would go again over...More

Thank Nickie P
Reviewed 25 June 2016

I went to the Blue Baths as part of an awards evening. The entertainment was fantastic with three tenors and a lady singing and putting on a very humorous show. The food tasted very nice but the portions were so small that everyone was still...More

Thank 413Barbara
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Went to the Blue Baths for a wedding reception. The tables were set up in the actual old pool. It was pretty cool. The pool which is still available to swim in was warm and lovely. The museum part of the pools was cool, especially...More

Thank cpl_nz
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