Polynesian Spa Deluxe Private Pool

0.5 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $20 Per Person

Polynesian Spa Deluxe Private Pool

0.5 Hours
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Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $20 Per Person

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      Polynesian Spa Deluxe Private Pool

      Tauranga, New Zealand
      From (USD) $20 Per Person
      • The spa: Discover why people have come for the therapeutic waters since the 1800s. Two natural springs, one acidic and one alkaline, feed hot mineral pools that rejuvenate the skin and soothe muscles, aches, and pains.
      • Private pool: Enjoy 30 minutes in a private hot pool for just the two of you (and your kids, if you wish) in alkaline spring waters naturally heated to a reenergizing 100 degrees – with gorgeous views of Lake Rotorua.
      • The treatments: Choose from a menu of wellness treatments that includes Aix spa therapies, geothermal mud wraps, aromatherapy massage, relaxation massage, facials, and more.
      About This Tauranga Tour

      There are two springs that provide water for the hot pools at Polynesian Spa: one acidic, the other alkaline. For hundreds of years, the Maori bathed in the waters of the acidic spring for therapeutic purposes. But something happened in 1878 that gave the spring its name, and its notoriety.

      Father Mahoney, a Catholic priest from Ireland who suffered from debilitating arthritis made the 50-mile journey from Tauranga to Rotorua just to bathe in one of the hand-dug, fern-fringed thermal pools. He immediately felt soothing relief, and after several months was able to walk back to Tauranga.

      News of the miraculous recovery spread quickly; in no time, the healing powers of the "Priest Spring" had gained international fame.

      In 1882, the Pavilion Bath House opened on the site of the spring that had cured Mahoney. And in 1902, a nun by the name of Mary MacKillop also found the water wholly therapeutic, writing "I feel the baths are doing me good. The rheumatism in my knees is becoming less and I can walk easily now."

      You don't have to suffer from such severe conditions – or a servant of God – for the Priest Spring to add a spring to your step.

      Acid bath

      Over the years, many baths have been built on the site where the Polynesian Spa now sits. One of them was the Duchess Bath, celebrating a visit by the Duchess of York in 1901. Before that, there were the Postmaster Baths of 1895. The water was so highly acidic that people were asked to sit very still to "avoid any unnecessary disengagement of gases."

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      Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.

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