The Te Aroha Domain is Te Aroha's premier park. The township grew around the Te Aroha Domain and its hot springs. In its heyday as a Spa Town in the 1890s –1910s, Te Aroha was one of the most popular resort destinations in New Zealand. Without the springs and the spa built to take advantage of them, the town would not have developed as it did.
In the early 1900's Rotorua took over from Te Aroha as the most popular spa town, but the Te Aroha Domain still remained a popular place for people to visit and relax.
The Te Aroha Domain is currently the most intact Edwardian spa in New Zealand. While it has lost many of its original buildings, it still retains more than any other former spa. A lot of work has gone into the Domain in the last few years, with work done to restore original features such as the lakelets and the footpool, helping to revive the Edwardian character that is such a large part of the town's history.
Features in the Te Aroha Domain include:
- Mokena Geyser (world famous in Te Aroha and understood to be the only hot soda water geyser in the Southern Hemisphere)
- Te Aroha Mineral Spas
- Swim Zone Te Aroha
- Cadman Bath House (now Te Aroha and Districts Museum)
- Domain House (which now houses Te Aroha Mineral Spas Massage & Beauty Treatments)
- Te Aroha i-SITE, which is housed in the old Domain Office
- Cottage Cafe, which is housed in the old Gardener's Cottage
- Domain Pavilion, which is available to hire as a venue for functions
- Band rotunda
- Bowling greens and croquet club
- An art gallery
- Public toilets
- A playground
The Domain is also the starting point for many of Te Aroha's popular walks. Visit our Walking Tracks page for more information.
The Te Aroha Domain is a popular venue for weddings and events - please contact us to make a booking