Morere Hot Springs is located on the beautiful central eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It’s a rare natural salt water hot spring set in a beautiful scenic reserve.
Come for the hot springs; stay for the amazing paved walking paths through the 364 hectares of lush natural rainforest.
The thermal water here is known as fossilized sea water, because it has travelled underground for thousands of years before making its way to the surface. It holds many mysteries, including why, before the fatal Whakaari Island eruption in December of 2019, the Morere Hot Springs staff noticed its temperature increase in all of the pools. Experts are taking note.
The springs and the original pools that sprang from them were developed by the Maori people for most of history until, in 1895, turned the area into a scenic reserve. Today, it is administered by the Department of Conservation.
The Pools and Other Activities
To get to the Nikau pool area you’ll take a casual 10- to 20-minute walk from the parking area. There, you’ll find multiple metal, in-ground tubs with in-water seating underneath the protective cover of a roof as well as indoor options. Nikau pools vary in temperature, but there is a cold plunge fed by stream water to use in a circuit, if desired.
Long wooden benches hold your things while you are in the water, and showers and changing rooms can be accessed inside. You’ll also find private bathing options. Further into the forest, you’ll find a large, open swimming pool for more active swimming.
Natural palms and other vegetation surround the pools and on all sides and are home to many kinds of native birds. Trails lead to the other pools as well as different parts of the forest. To find more Information about the flora and fauna, check out the informational signs along the different paths.
There is nowhere on the property to spend the night, but The Morere Hot Springs Lodge is practically across the street. It is separately owned and operated.
Take State Highway 35 west out of the city. Turn left when you come to State Highway 2. Then, use the first exit at the roundabout to stay on 2 going south. Follow signs for Wairoa/Napier, and in about 31 miles (50km), the reserve will be on your left.
Address: 3968 State Highway 2, Mōrere 4078, New Zealand
Phone: +64 6 837 8856