Waikite Valley Hot Pools in Rotorua, New Zealand is the ideal spot to relax for a couple’s getaway or a family-friendly vacation. The complex offers a slew of bathing options, from splashy pools to more private and secluded ventures.
Surrounded by a lush landscape, the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools are a must-add to every NZ bucket list. Camping is available on-site and the resort is open year-round for soaking.
Mineral Thermal Springs
The Waikite Valley Hot Pools are known for being exceptionally inviting and invigorating. And with so many thermal spring pools to choose from, everyone can find a spot they’re happy with.
All the hot pools at Waikite Valley are filled with the “Living Waters” of Te Manaroa Spring. The Te Manaroa, a natural boiling spring, is the country’s largest source of pure geothermal waters, creating an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages.
You can experience the steamy, mineral-rich geothermal waters at one of the following pools:
The Settlers Pool carries historical significance to the Waikite Valley Hot Pools. In 1972, settlers stumbled upon the boiling, mineral-rich waters of Te Manaroa. They devised a plan to cool the waters using a series of cascades and air temperatures before reaching the pool, creating a steamy yet comfortable spot to relax and reinvigorate. The pool remains a guest favorite and ranges from 36°C(98.6°F) to 38°C(100.4°F).
Sit and Soak Pool
While the Settlers Pool is terrific for enjoying cozy waters and splashing around, the Sit and Soak Pool is the premier choice if you’re looking for a spot that’s a bit more laid-back and quiet. Here, you can melt your troubles away in temperatures up to 41°C (105.8°F).
Tranquil Garden Pool
Those seeking incredible scenery will like the Tranquil Garden Pool, offering perfect temperatures between 37°C(98.6°F) and 39°C(102.2°F) and views of the Otamakokore Stream and Waikite Valley.
The Pergola Pool is similar to the Tranquil Garden Pool, offering stunning views of the Otamakokore Stream and Waikite Valley. Where it stands apart is the temperatures ranging from 35°C(95°F) to 38°C(100.4°F) and the covered pergola, ensuring it’s a great spot for daytime soaks.
After enjoying a fun-filled and relaxing time in the warmer pools, the Outdoor Tubs offer a great spot to cool off a pinch. The temperatures here range from 30°C(86°F) to 34(93.2°F), so you can unwind before plunging back into the hotter spots.
Are you looking for something a little quieter and away from the crowds? The Waikite Valley Hot Pools also offer private pools in 40-minute increments. These small and cozy tubs can accommodate up to two people at a time. Each tub provides superior views of the Waikite Valley while allowing guests complete control of the water temperature.
Te Manaroa Spring Walkway and Eco-Trail
If you need to get out of the hot spring pools for a while, the best way to spend your time at the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is to stroll on the Te Manaroa Spring Walkway and Eco-Trail. This short, family-friendly trail lasts approximately five to ten minutes.
During your short yet exciting excursion, you’ll be engulfed by some of the most lush and beautiful landscapes while learning about the different elements of the area. At the end of the jaunt, you’ll find the awe-inspiring Te Manaroa Spring and see how the waters discharge into the Otamaakokore Stream.
It’s a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, and people of all ages will enjoy this swift yet fascinating “hike.”
It can be hard to pull yourself from the beauty of the Waikite Valley Hot Pools. Thankfully, you don’t have to. The complex offers a gorgeous rural campsite with powered and unpowered sites.
Whether arriving with a tent or caravan, you can savor breathtaking surroundings in every direction. There are also several campground facilities to enhance your stay, including toilets, showers, a communal kitchen complete with hotplates and a fridge, a coin-operated washer and dryer, and areas to top up your vehicle’s drinking water.
Address: 648 Waikite Valley Road, RD1 Rotorua, New Zealand
Phone: +64 07-333-1861