Hot Pools in Rotorua

What better way to reward yourself after a Winter walk than to soak in a natural hot pool?

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Just a 10 minute drive from Waimangu, you’ll find natural spring water bathing in a beautiful rural setting at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Family friendly pools and adult bathing areas, as well as private pools.

Wai-o-Tapu Loop Road

With a natural hot spring flowing into a cold water stream, you can find your perfect temperature to soak in a free hot pool on the Wai-0-Tapu Loop road. If you see cars parked by the bridge – you’re in the right spot.

Please look after this natural environment – take your litter out with you.

Kerosene Creek

If you’re looking for a free hot pool with a waterfall, you’ll find it at Kerosone Creek. This spot is a favourite with backpackers and mountain bikers after riding the Rainbow Mountain trails.

Be careful – there have been break-ins in this area. Please don’t leave valuables in your car.

Polynesian Spa

If you’re staying in Rotorua and looking for a bit of luxury, head to the Lake Spa at Polynesian Spa. There’s a selection of pools at different temperatures, heated sun loungers, and if you’re brave an icy cold plunge pool and shower.

Butchers Pool

A short drive from Waimangu in rural Reporoa you’ll find Butchers Pool. This hot pool is a little rustic, but it is free and has toilets and changing rooms, maintained as a public pool by the council.

Wairakei Terraces

If you’re heading on down to Taupo, you’ll pass Waiakei Terraces on the way down. Imagine early visitors to New Zealand bathing in the Pink & White Terraces as you soak in the silica-terrace pools.

Spa Park

Another free hot spring option if you’re Taupo bound is Spa Park. Keep a close eye if you’re visiting with children, the hot spring flows into the Waikato river with some fast-flowing water.

Hell’s Gate

If the idea of bathing in mud appeals to you, Hell’s Gate on the way to Whakatane or Tauranga is a must-do!

Posted by Nicki Dent on April 30, 2019