You may be aware of the geothermic activity that exists in New Zealand. One of the more enjoyable aspects of this is being about to soak and swim in a natural hot pool. The website www.nzhotpools.co.nz lists details of 170 hot pools around the country. We highlight some of our favourite pools below. Especially good to enjoy over the colder winter months. They vary in price, sizes and quality. Some hot springs are literally on the side of the road and free for you to enjoy, while others are located in complexes that can offer luxury services, and these of couse come at a cost.
Wairaki Pools in Ngawha Springs is located about 5 kilometres from Kaikohe. They have a variety of pools of varying temperature and last time we looked the cost of entry was just $4.
Check out Waiwera Hot pools, north of the city, offer naturally hot thermal pools and spas. This complex includes hydroslides, lazy river and even a movie pool.
Parakai Springs is to the west of Auckland (40 minutes from the CBD, traffic dependent) and has a range of pools.
The Lost Spring near Whitianga is a luxury geothermal pool and day spa. They offer the option of one hour and full day passes.
Hot Water Beach is a natural hot is a river of hot water that runs close to the surface of the beach and is usually accessible one hour either side of low tide.
If you are travelling between Auckland and Thames then a stop off at the Miranda Hot Spings could warm you up on a cold day.
Bay of Plenty
Mount Maunganui Salt Water Pools are located towards the base of the Mount. Check out the icecream shop opposite the entrance for amazing waffle cone ice creams.
Kerosene Creek is 35 km south of Rotorua, this is an all natural pool that you drive to, complete with little waterfall.
Hells Gate near Rotorua is a very well known and popular geothermal park, with both mudpools and sulphur spas.
East Cape/Taupo/National Park/Hawkes Bay
AC baths in Taupo has both public and private hot pools as well as hydroslides and a ‘bombing zone’.
Tokaanu Thermal Pools are located close to Turangi and can be a great place to stop for a soak after a day on the mountain ski slopes or the Tongariro Crossing.
Morere Hot Springs are hot and cold sprinds located in a native bush environment towards Gisborne on the East Coast.
The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools are a fantastic complex with a variety of pools, hydroslides, lazy river and play parks for children.
In South Canterbury are the Lake Tekapo Springs which have a three tiered pool, skating rink and tube park.
Franz Josef have the Glacier Hot Pools, perfect for a soak after a day on the glaciers.
The Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown offer spectacular views of the Shotover River Canyon and very private pools with a retractable roof.