The Cadman Bath House history

The ‘Taking of the Waters' and the history of the Cadman Bath House

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 was not long before a series of bath houses began to appear in place of the makeshift baths that had been sunk into the existing pools.

In the late 1870s local chief, Mokena Hou, settler George Lipsey and his wife Ema, (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 bath houses being built, and numerous springs being developed for people to partake of the healing and beneficial waters. Thus a burgeoning spa industry was established. Visitors will notice the No. 7 bath house in the Domain, which was designated the Maori Bath house as part of the conditions of the land gifting from Mokena Hou and the Lipseys.

In 1898 the government made its first major commitment to creating a genuine spa industry in New Zealand when the Cadman Bath House 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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