The Cadman Building History

The ‘Taking of the Waters’ & The Cadman Building History

With the  popularity of the spa culture in both England and Europe, both missionaries and settlers could see the potential of developing the unique hot soda mineral waters of Te Aroha and it wasn’t long before a series of bathhouses began to appear in place of the makeshift baths that had been sunk into the existing pools.

In the late 1870’s local chief, Mokena Hou, settler George Lipsey and his wife Ema, who was Mokena Hou’s daughter, gifted the land that was to become the Domain, to the government.

So began the real development of the ‘Taking the Waters’ culture in Te Aroha, with more bathhouses being built, and numerous springs being developed for people to partake of the healing and beneficial waters. And thus a growing spa industry was established. Visitors will notice the No. 7 bathhouse in the Domain, which was designated the Maori Bathhouse as part of the conditions of the land gifting from Mokena Hou and the Lipsey’s. It is closed at present for medical reasons concerning the mineral waters.

In 1898 the government made its first major commitment to creating a genuine spa industry in New Zealand when the Cadman Bathhouse Sanatorium was opened. 3000 attended the opening and the Sanatorium grew in reputation reaching its zenith in the heday of the Edwardian Era.

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