Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Rotorua
(4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is the best stop for thermal pool experience in the area - a bit off the beaten track, but popular even in winter. Great selection of pools at different temperatures and with interesting views. 
  • Waikite is an awesome place. There is a lot of space for everyone and the pools are great too. I got to enjoy the scenery as well while I am in the pools. Compared to Wairakei, Waikite is for me the b...  more »
  • Wanted to visit the thermal pools whilst in Rotorua however, didn't want to pay the huge prices of some of the more commercial "Day Spa" type facilities. So stumbled across Waikite Valley. Amazing nat...  more »
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  • Perfect place to unwind and take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Staff are friendly, the place is clean. It is also convenient that it closes at 9pm.
  • Not as busy as some of the other thermal pool locations. Comfortable pools ranging from roughly 31-43c. The nature walk was brief and informative. Reasonably well priced at 16.50 an adult for all pools.
  • I think we paid some nominal fee ($5) to have a walk around and look at the springs. Pool looked lovely. Worth a little detour to stop in
  • Great staff, nice selection of pools between 30 and 40 C, shower facilities, and a nice short hike too. In fall-especially on a rainy day- it really isn't too crowded, and even if you don't book a private pool (I don't really see the need) you might end up with one to yourself! They have a nice cafe attached as well with options like salad, venison burgers, fish and chips and more. Surprisingly accessible. pools and changing rooms, including showers, have easy access for wheelchairs. Keep in mind some pools have a "pool step" with a handrail to get in.
  • Very good place to relax. So natural and a good quality sulfer spring but water contains some natural things such as leaves.