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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  • Two of the four ladies that were on the trip visited Waikite Thermal Pools. It was a great experience. There were six pools we could visit ranging from 32 to 42 degrees Celsius. There were public and ...  more »
  • We found the setting quite lovely with a choice of pools to soak in. Also enjoyed the ECO walk - which is included in admittance price. A steady flow of customers. It would have been nice to have a te...  more »
  • Lovely hot pools, up to 39 Celsius! Multiple pools to choose from with varying temperatures. Free entry to the pool if you're staying the night at the holiday park in a campervan. Highly recommended!  more »
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  • Highly recommend their private tub especially if you are looking for somewhere to control water temperature. (40C wasn’t hot enough for my group) Waikite is pretty bare bones, nothing fancy but private tub is very reasonable priced. You can enjoy other public pools after private tub session also. They seem to have 4 private pools, and I suggest you to make a call to reserve one in advance. Check out eco trail as well. It’s pretty impressive to see the source of the hot springs in raw form.
  • Lovely overnight stay in our camper van - laundry was good (but needed 2x for dryer) and it was fantastic to be able to get into the pools 4 hours before the public in the morning! Access to pools is included in the camping fee. Shower facilities are nice and hot, no extra charge. The short walk to the boiling spring is beautiful with the steam rising around you - highly recommend staying here!
  • Very nice thermal pools with temperatures ranging from 32C to 41C. There are six public pools to choose from, each with a different temperature (and even in each pool the temperature varies depending on how close you sit to the hot water inlet). Recommend going early in the mornings at 06:00 if you are camping there as there are very few people in the pools at that time. If you are tent camping there, be prepared to have a fairly wet tent as the rising steam will condensate on your tent.
  • Great place for family retreat. Super friendly staff and locals get the discount. Much better value for money than Polynesian spa
  • 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)
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