Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Rotorua

4.5
#7 of 19 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. 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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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools Reviews

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  • Wonderful spot to camp the night. Enjoy the pools after hours, especially first thing in the morning. Cheap camping when you include the pool entry.  more »
  • Nice range of hot pools in lovely natural setting. Short (10 mins return) ecotrail walk is worth doing. Reasonably priced.  more »
  • This is a small place. Water temperatures did not appear to be the levels advised on the signage. Aside from a "swimming pool" style pool the other thermal pools are small and with little space...  more »
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  • Nice pools to relax at, but not much to be done there. when you walk in you walk past some natural streams which look very nice and hot and natural but the pools themselves don't look or feel very natural. the pools are quite small as well so it can get crowded (it wasn't too bad when we were there). they also charge $2 for a locker which is a bit of a bummer although there are shelves to leave your bag which feels secure enough when its not too busy, be wary though.
  • Great place to relax. It's a bit of a drive, but totally worth it to avoid the masses. Nice selection of pools at different temperatures, so there is something for everyone. There is a shop on the site also that sells snacks, drinks and ice creams which is really handy. Loved it, highly recommend.
  • I've been here five times. First of all, quality of water is outstanding. Just cooled thermal hotspring water directly from boiling valley aside. Great facility which is clean and tidy. So tranquil surroundings. But I had bad experience here with a staff who doesn't have hospitality mind at all. Rest of the staffs were nice though.
  • A great stay in our camper van at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools! Thus place has a large pool and numerous smaller pools dotted around in varying from 35°C to 42°C all fed by the natural thermal springs and creeks in the area! There are changing and showering facilities on site, and due the campers there are kitchen facilities on site too. Highly recommended.
  • Awesome spot! Nice basic camping next to the hot springs. They empty the Pools everyday. You can stay quite long inside the pools after a long day of walking or jump inside early in the morning.

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