History

History of Hot Salt Water Bathing

As far back as 500BC, Hippocrates recognised the health benefits of warmed seawater for its ability to rebalance and detoxify our bodies. Salt water bathing was believed to improve mobility by easing muscle and joint inflammation, and general aches and pains.

Today, those healing properties remain, and it’s all right here beneath the majesty of Mauao, Mount Maunganui. Come and soak in our heated salt water pools and experience the benefits for yourself.

Top it off with a massage from our massage therapists to really treat your body.

The Mount Hot Salt Water Pools

at the base of Mount Maunganui (Mauao) are believed to be unique in the Southern Hemisphere.

The pool development goes back to the 1950s when the Mount required more fresh water for an increasing population.

A local water diviner, Mr Claris, persuaded the Council he would be able to find sufficient water for the town supply. As we now know, what he found was hot salt water.

For some years nothing was done about the discovery until the Council instigated the swimming pool development in the early 1960s with the original pool opening in January 1966.

January 1966 – Original pool opened.  

1975 – Pool extensions and new facilities were added.

1990 – The pools as we know them today were remodeled. Mr Denniston says hot water use to flow over the beach from where the hot pools are now. In 1926 he and his friends use to swim in the hot water by digging out pools. The water came out from behind the pub near Old Man Courtney’s Store, [he] says it was salt water. (Excerpt from Council records)