Where to find New Zealand’s best outdoor baths

It seems like every bach and BnB in New Zealand has moved its ablutions outdoors.

In a short space of time, a tub in the scrub has gone from a rustic quirk to a luxurious accommodation must-have.

Carting a copper tub into the wopwops was once the preserve of itinerant pioneers. The obsession with bathing was something Victorians gravely and enigmatically referred to as ‘the cure’. A bath not just a nicety but a necessity. But since building its spa temples in Rotorua in 1908, New Zealand has run hot and cold towards the practice.

This recently tepid attitude can be blamed largely on showers.

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