Modern Day Revival

In 1903 the Domain Board passed the management of the Domain to the Department of Tourism and Health Resorts. With the appointment by government of New Zealand’s first balneologist, Arthur Wohlmann and the growing hydropathic industry, Te Aroha became the place to "Take the waters".

Anxious to gain more expertise in the art of Swedish massage to compliment the hydrotherapy treatments, the Agent General, for New Zealand, WP Reeves contracted Swedish born Elsa Fredga to work in both Rotorua and Hanmer Springs and finally in Te Aroha.  Elsa married the then manager of the Te Aroha Domain, George F McGirr, and went on to practice physiotherapy both in the Cadman Bath House and independently for many years.

As well as the cures offered at the Cadman Bath House and Sanatorium there were also the bath houses available for public use. The No 4 bath house was really popular with children. The No 1 bath house was for the exclusive use of women and the No 6 bath house was also a favourite with visitors.

Te Aroha popularity as a spa town declined over the following years due partly to the growing number of visitors to Rotorua which boasted a wider range of geothermal possibilities.  Today the Domain and spas, now owned and run by the local council, are acquiring a growing reputation with visitors.  The beautiful heritage nature of Te Aroha and the splendid Domain still offer a glimpse into the past fashion of "Taking the waters".  The Te Aroha Domain is part of the current consideration for Provincial Growth Funding to further enhance the existing spa offerings and will assist in growing the health and wellness opportunities that Te Aroha became famous for.

Phn: +64 7 884 4427
Fax: +64 7 884 4427

PO Box 137
Te Aroha 3342
New Zealand


ADULTS $5.00
Ages 5-16
FAMILY $14.00
2 Adults & up to 4 children aged 5-16 (under 5's free)

Winter (1st Apr - 31st Oct)
Every Day, 12 noon - 3pm

Summer (1st Nov - 31st Mar)
Every Day, 11am - 4pm