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Thermal springs are found in many parts of New Zealand. They are formed when rainwater seeps down through rock towards the heat source deep beneath the surface and then rises again. In the process, the hot water dissolves minerals in the rock.

European settlers and travellers were quick to see the benefits of New Zealand’s thermal resources. They noted the uses Maoris made of them and wanted to try them for themselves.  Nude communal bathing for men was the rule: women bathed alone or in secluded pools. (Sex-segregated nude bathing remained common well into the 20th century.) read more