In it's hey day this complex was very popular. Back in 1999, after being closed for some years, the Blue Baths were renovated and modernised and reopened to the public. Art Deco / Spanish Mission architecture it is a very attractive building none the less.
Intended for recreational rather than medicinal bathing the whole experience here is very enjoyable.
I really enjoyed listening to the old 30's style music they played and could try to imagine what it was like back then.
When you go visit the Rotorua Museum, you also get free admission to the Blue Baths, which is still in the same complex.
The Blue Baths used to be a fully functioning swimming area, until interest and funding dropped for the place, and then they turned it into a museum.
Inside you can learn alot about some of the people who have trained here, and also some of the fun to be had before.
I would not have paid to enter this directly, but since it was free with the entry to the Rotorua Museum, it was worth the extra ten minutes.
As a Spa town Rotorua offers a good choice of spas and thermal baths. Among the most famous Polynesian Spa, there are also smaller but cheaper and less crowded thermal pools.
Blue Baths is one of them and it has been recently renovated, you find here one big pool and two smaller ones with various temperature. Enjoy!
In their heyday, the 1940's, the Blue Baths in Rotorua were a real institution...not just leisure, but the place to be seen.
You can still swim here, but one pool is long since closed, and its space turned into a fancy restaurant/afternoon tea place, and the changing rooms are part museum, part audio visual room, focussing a lot on those early years.
The building combines both elements of Spanish Mission and Art Deco (which are in some ways related to each other).
Every pool has his own name and some of it has a meaning, the place is huge it can take a few hours to walk around