Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Rotorua

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Relax and unwind in the soothing waters of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. The complex encompasses a number of warm pools surrounded by lush foliage as well as private spas overlooking the valley. Learn more about the natural setting with a peaceful stroll along its signposted eco-trail, dotted with information about the ferns, mosses, and springs of the area. The educational walk leads to the Te Manora Spring, the largest source of pure boiling water in New Zealand and one of the springs that feeds into the main splash pool. Once you've worked up an appetite, head to the onsite cafe for a light meal or snack. See Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and all Rotorua has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rotorua online trip itinerary planner .
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  • This is not a fancy spa (like the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua) but more like "public pools". It was built by locals mostly for locals, therefore the very reasonable pricing. It doesn't have any massage ...  more »
  • On declaring our airbnb host we gone here instead of the therm alen in Rotorua itself. Less crowded and cheaper in a nicer setting surrounded by hills. We paid $18 per person. We could use 6 different pools. 2 of the terms (36-39 degrees Celsius) overlook the Creek and the hills next to the complex there are 2 smaller plunge pools with colder water to wake up and there is still a large bathtub with warm water again 37-39 degrees Celsius. The great bath is also reasonably warm and the bath where most children are, if they are there. In addition to the complex is still a campsite. It also has a small restaurant for some snacks and drinks. The complex is located about a 30-minute drive south of Rotorua. You can possibly still a detour along a few mudpools and geysers. The latter is, however, against payment accessible.
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  • Here you can relax. Don't miss: the pools, a path leads to the largest boiling water source in New Zealand. Impressive!
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  • Large collection of well maintained outdoor hot pools. One large swimming pool sized pool for active soaking, great for kids. Various other sized pools for quiet soaking. Views over the valley where a boiling stream produces constant mists. This is what NZ thermal pools are all about. Reasonably priced at under $20 per adult. Private pools are available for $23 per person for 40 minutes (minimum 2 adults for safety)
  • Amazing pools, many to choose from with varying temperatures, campers have the luxury of using the pools before they open to the public, between 6-9am! Camp spots are slightly on the small side so bare that in mind if you have a lot of stuff! Would definitely go again :)
  • Really enjoyed our overnight stay. Tent sites are small but fitted our dome tent ok. We missed out on ordering any food as they are very strict with last orders. We were warned when we arrived. Loved the pools and it was a great experience to be able to wake up in the morning and have a soak while the valley was filled with fog.
  • Great choices of mineral hot pools. Although a drive from Rotorua city but worth the trip. Bring $2 coins for the lockers.
  • Several thermal pools scattered around the area. The place is clean and quiet however it lack real authenticity. The best part is possibly the short walk to see the real hot water springs below. Interesting flora adjacent to it. There is also a small campsite, which includes a visit to the pools. It is so small though that our campervan was turned away for being too big.

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