Te Aroha spa town history
Early Māori in the area knew and appreciated the healing properties of the mineral waters that flow from beneath Mount Te Aroha which have drawn visitors to the region since the spa hey days of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras when some 30,000 people a year came to ‘take the waters’.
Following the gifting of the land around the springs by the Māori Chief Mokena Hou, the Government of the day established a health resort in the centre of town, constructing buildings some of which are still in use and can be seen today around Te Aroha Domain.
Te Aroha’s mineral springs vary in temperature. Some are naturally infused with sodium bicarbonate on the way to the surface underground, making for natural hot soda springs.
To improve access to the soda water, a bore was sunk in the 1930s resulting in one of the few natural hot soda water geysers in the world – named Mokena Geyser after the gifting chief.
Mokena Geyser erupts approximately every 40 minutes, supplying both Te Aroha Mineral Spas and the historical No. 2 Bath House.
Te Aroha Spa experiences
Te Aroha Mineral Spas in Te Aroha Domain are the perfect place to relax if you’re winding down from cycling the nearby Hauraki Rail Trail, hiking up Mount Te Aroha above the town, or a round or two at Te Aroha Golf Club.
A range of luxurious experiences can be enjoyed at the spas. The mineral salts in the natural spring water are therapeutic, and you can bathe in traditional wooden tubs. Also available are romance packages, massages and a full suite of beauty therapy treatments.
Next door, Te Aroha Swim Zone’s natural outdoor setting will put your mind at ease and soothe your spirit as the hot water eases aches and pains.
The zone has a large heated swimming pool, an outdoor spa pool and a toddler pool as well as the restored Edwardian geothermal No. 2 Bath House where you can soak in a historical setting. It is the last remaining of three bath houses in the domain.