Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Rotorua

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#3 of 10 in Nature in Rotorua
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and many more Rotorua attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rotorua travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We tossed up between the Polynesian Spa and Waikite and decided on Waikite having never been and after reading the brochure which sounded impressive. We chose the spa upgrade which was advertised as o...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    Stopped in for a look (we didn't have a soak in the pool) and decided to have a coffee. OMG it was in undrinkable! Obviously the person who made my coffee was not a trained barista. Boiling hot coffee...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Mate....... What a good visit we had. Good facilities. Clean and well kept. 2 young girls 6 and 8 years old thought it was worth the trip also. Nice one !  more »
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  • Great spot to go after a long hike nearby. Blissful at the end of a long day. The private pools are very secluded, behind a locked door, so they're suitable for more shy people. Paying for your own room also gives you access to the public pools for before or after. Pretty good! The walk up to the source spring is easy and interesting. Well worth taking a few minutes before going down for a soak.
  • What a great place. Less than 1/3rd the price of the Polynesian Spa, and yes it is a wee way out of town, but well worth the drive. We had the spa plus package with the private pool, complimentary towels and mineral water. If you like the option to go hot hot... then the private pools are awesome, you can adjust the temperature but do be careful and keep the water moving or you might get scalded. There is a café / Bar on site. I had a very nice cake and coffee whilst I waited for my Partner to turn into a shrivelled prune after 3hrs in the water. Remember to rehydrate yourself !!!
  • My favourite hot pools. Make sure you take five minutes after you have paid, but before you have changed into your togs, to walk to Te Manaroa spring (the pool water source). 50 litres/second of near boiling hot water pumping out of the earth... Amazing!
  • So enjoyable and nice view , affordable price, wouldn't mind visit couple times a year for good soaking
  • So nice to swim in the pools. Even when raining. Friendly staff just made it even better.

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