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By Ian Rockel. In Softcovers, First Edition 1986, Colour Plates, Black and White Photos, illustrations, 195 Pages, Published by the Government Printer Wellington. A Near Fine Copy.
'For the sophisticated nineteenth-century European, visiting one of the famous spas in England, France or Germany was a popular pastime; one went not merely to take advantage of the healing waters but to see and be seen by high society. In the 1880's the New Zealand Government, realising the potential of our country's mineral waters, was keen to create a spa to rival the great resorts of Europe. In this fascinating book Ian Rockel tells of the attempt to make Rotorua in particular a spa mecca for wealthy foreign tourists and describes the problems which prevented this happening. Taking The Waters is also the story of New Zealand's many other hot springs areas, some of which, like Te Aroha, Hanmer and Waiwera, became centres of Edwardian spa elegance and are still well aptronised today. Other hot springs, popular 100 years ago, are now, because of isolation or lack of development all but forgotten. Taking the Waters marries a lively, well-researched, interesting text with a superb collection of historical photographs to present a picture of an unusual and hithero neglected aspect of New Zealand history' Please click here to ask a question
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