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Bathing is a laughing matter, seriously speaking

July 23, 2010

If you walked along the lakefront of Lake Rotorua, apart from the gazillion gnat like flies hovering around the lake, the sulphuric Eau de parfam will greet you; and possibly blow your delicate senses out.

Ducks, swans, boats, peddle boats, rippling waves can be found within minutes from Rotorua’s bustling city scene. But walk a little further around the lake towards the Polynesian Pools and the scenery changes dramatically.

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Toxic wasteland comes to mind, polluted perhaps but not in the way you think it is.

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Around this part of Lake Rotorua known as Sulphur Point, the water’s milkiness is rich in minerals as pools steam and mud bubbles, this part of the lake is active.

It also use to be a popular bathing spot for early European visitors.

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Despite it’s unattractive layout, this place known as Cameron’s Pool was a popular therapeutic pool, favoured for its strong mineral content and soothing heat-treatment.

This pool also had natural charisma — it made people laugh.

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Hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide gas emmisions gave bathers the giggles, free of charge, no prescriptions required and more importantly, above-board.

Cameron’s Pool was the first of the commercial bathing spots around the Rotorua area and quite possibly the most entertaining as well.

Unfortunately it is no longer in use, but you can easily walk to this place from downtown Rotorua. Follow the signs along from where the boats leave or start from behind the Polynesian Pools. Best time to go …. anytime.

Caffeinated Traveller

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  1. travelforaircraft permalink
    July 24, 2010 11:28 am

    This reminds me of the Oracles of Delphi … these famous women (I think women) would descend into a trench which had volcanic gases in it … voila, they would experience visions!

  2. July 25, 2010 3:17 pm

    Wonder if those trenches would overly warm, and did they faint during their visions?

  3. travelforaircraft permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:45 am

    I have no idea but don’t you imagine that fainting would have occurred on occasion?

  4. July 26, 2010 10:25 am


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  5. July 26, 2010 8:58 pm

    No longer in use? I could do with the laugh!

    Great piece as always, Cate.

    • July 27, 2010 2:09 pm

      I think the problem had to do with permits and money – like many spas at this time. Wouldn’t it be a neat thing to set up nowadays with all our self-induced stress.

      Thanks for the lovely comment!!

  6. July 27, 2010 9:41 pm

    How funny! It would be much more relaxing to get a dental cleaning sitting in a pool with laughing gas rather than a chair under a fluorescent light!

    • July 28, 2010 9:08 am

      I’m surprised no one has thought of this as a novel way to see a dentist 🙂

  7. July 28, 2010 12:09 am

    Rotorua was our second to last stop before heading back home via Auckland. Reading about it again brings back the nostalgic sulfer that scented our excursions! Your blog is looking fabulous and high quality, per usual! Hope you are well. –Lorraine

  8. July 28, 2010 9:10 am

    Thank you Lorraine!!

    I don’t think anyone who has visited Rotorua’s will forget the place, if not the geothermal landscape then the smell will linger in people’s memories for sometime.

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