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Blue Baths

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Address: Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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+64 7-350 2119
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Blue Baths is a beautiful heritage listed Bathhouse located in...

The Blue Baths is a beautiful heritage listed Bathhouse located in Government Gardens, Rotorua. An iconic feature of the city, the art deco Blue Baths daringly offered mixed sex bathing for the first time in a public facility in New Zealand, way back in 1931. Nowadays visitors can take a self guided gallery tour of the Museum or a dip in the historic geothermally heated pools. The building is also used as a venue for weddings and other special events. In the Lido Lounge (once the Adult Pool) seasons of original, homegrown theatre feature throughout the year. Summer 2106 see's The Choice (Jan 23 - Feb 26) directed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand, storm the stage. A cleverly scripted parody of the current cult of TV talent shows, The Choice showcases an outstanding line-up of kiwi talent. Än Auckland theatre critic says "Wickedly written, slickly performed and cleverly directed to parody the current talent show phenomenon that dominates our airwaves, The Choice is undoubtedly the funniest show I've seen for a long, long time. In fact I can't remember the last time we laughed so much until we wept. And yes they were definitely tears of joy watching the brilliant cast on stage at The Choice at the Blue Baths in Rotorua" Sharu Delilkan - Theatre Scenes.

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This place is amazing the entertainment is second to none we just had a conference and this was a venue hired for our awards dinner everyone had an amazing night and i can not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 June 2016
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Waihi Beach, null, New Zealand
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Waihi Beach, null, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

This place is amazing the entertainment is second to none we just had a conference and this was a venue hired for our awards dinner everyone had an amazing night and i can not stress enough how fantastic the entertainment was would go again over and over just to see them.

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Picton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

I went to the Blue Baths as part of an awards evening. The entertainment was fantastic with three tenors and a lady singing and putting on a very humorous show. The food tasted very nice but the portions were so small that everyone was still hungry at the end of the night. The main courses covered less than half of... More 

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Auckland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Went to the Blue Baths for a wedding reception. The tables were set up in the actual old pool. It was pretty cool. The pool which is still available to swim in was warm and lovely. The museum part of the pools was cool, especially the different swimming costumes and the history of the Blue baths. It was certainly great... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

The main pool was slightly warm, and the "hot" pools on the sides were slightly warmer, stagnant dirty water. Worse of all, the main pool was closed to us shortly after paying to get in, because they had swimming lessons, which they didn't tell us about going in. I didn't know there was a show until I saw the reviews... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

This was the most amazing, random experience on my trip to New Zealand in Rotorua. One of the people I was traveling with in Auckland got his blood pressure checked at a Fire Station who recommended we see this upon knowing we were going to Rotorua next. We had no idea what we were getting into, we had no idea... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

"The Choice" is the latest offering from these guys who have really mastered the art of live shows. Its funny and its relevant. The references to local icons and places is a nice touch. The show is slick and time certainly flies when you are having that much fun. A thoroughly fabulous evening out in Rotorua

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Outstanding show at the Blue Baths Venue written by Jess Sayer, uber-talented actor and playwright. It is a performance of song and dance by 5 very enthusiastic actors who give it their all. The venue was conducive to really enjoying a night out "at the theatre". Good food and service and very friendly staff.

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Thank evwhite2014
Wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

The last 2 shows that we have seen here have been nothing but awesum. The atmosphere is good, parking is easy, the bar and food service and quality is A1+ and the shows had us laughing out of our seats. Well worth the trip to the Blue Baths for some quality entertainment at a great price. The establishment is also... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

This is a review of the Blue Baths themselves and not the show or entertainment services that they have there. I had some people recommend the Blue Baths as well as the nearby Polynesian Spa. I didn't have time for both so decided to go the the Blue Baths because of it's history to the community. I was not that... More 

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Thank Nitin R
Rotorua
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Wonderful, wacky & very clever. Such talented cast who took on so many roles, dancers, singers, comedians, actors & artistes extraordinaire. Well done Blue Baths. Again....

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