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