The foyer was very impressive - I was immediately asked to turn my camera off (fortunately, I'd already taken these two shots :) as photography was restricted to only a few selected areas within the museum.
A number of marble statues lined the halls and photographing them was permitted.
So sweet :)
There goes my G-rating...!
Original rooms and masonry.
Part of the poster above reads as follows: "The relaxing regime included a swim at the Ward Baths before breakfast, followed by a visit to the Bath House for prescribed treatment. The Aix douche (a form of wet massage) took one half hour, followed by one half hour in the Cooling Room, a totally relaxing process. An afternoon stroll through the gardens, perhaps a Rachel bath and an evening bath at the Ward Baths, concluded the daily routine whilst "taking the cure".
Sounds perfectly exhausting!
The Cooling Room.
Original plumbing and tubs in the basement of the museum. In some spots the ceiling was quite low and if you were over a certain height, you were advised to wear one of the hard hats provided.
Other parts of the museum experience (including a fascinating hour-long guided tour of Maori artifacts) were off-limits as far as photography went.
Before leaving, I had a long-black (that's a large, regular coffee down under) in the lovely cafe.
Next we head to Australia - I sure hope you plan to come along :)