It was always considered a sacred place by Maori and is said to have been named "Mamoe Kahumata Te Aroha, The Great Love of Kahumata Mamoe", by the son of a Bay of Islands chief, who being lost, climbed the heights and on reaching the top was able to look across to his homeland, that he saw way off in the distance.
Today it is known as the ‘Mountain of Love’. Most appropriately so, as it was where young Maori lovers would come to have their unions blessed in one of the springs rising from the base of the sacred mountain called the Mirror of Kahu-mata-te-mamoe.
Maori also soaked in the waters for sheer enjoyment, of course, and generously introduced the European settlers to the benefits of the enjoyable and healing hot water springs of Te Aroha.
Treatments included: electro-therapeutic galvanism; faradism; ionisation; diathermy; Violet Ray treatment; mechanised massage; and Rheostat treatment machines.
Staff included doctors, masseurs, masseuses, attendants and laundry maids, there was also a ticket office which was staffed.
The Domain offered tennis, croquet, gentle walks and the Oertel treatment included a walk up Mt Te Aroha to "Bald Spur".