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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  • Great to sit back and relax in the warm waters. Let the water take away all the aches and pains and rejuvenate your mind/body/soul.  more »
  • Fantastic location, the views are beautiful. The hot pools have a more natural feel to them than other hot pools I've visited: more raw and natural. The change rooms are clean and neat. The gardens be...  more »
  • A great place to relax in the thermal pools and meet locals. There is a kids section as well. After your soak there are changing facilities and a small cafe where you can enjoy a wine or beer with a n...  more »
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  • Loved it- much more natural than Polynesian spas family area. Here it's all outdoors and even kids pool is geothermal water. Very warm. Loved natural setting. Loved the Eco walk up to view spring source too. Beautiful! BUT this is not a five star, flash spa for tourists with money. More a community pool for locals. Please don't come if expecting Spa Treatments etc.
  • I have been going to Waikite Hot pools with family and friends for a long time. This afternoon 11/10/2017 I went with three of my friends who are also locals. The lady at reception asked for letter with address and my 2 friends paid first with an EFTPOS card, and then when it was my friend and myself turn, I presented a letter for my upcoming appointment with a gynecologist next week, and my friend a bank statement with the banks's stamp with signature. We were asked for ID, unfortunately we left our wallets at home. lady you need drivers licence to drive and we explained that we came in one car and the lady who paid first was the one driving. Receptionist refused our cash payment because we did not have an ID. That is fine. The problem is, the first two friends were not asked for an ID before she took the payment. We decided to leave our wallet at home, just took enough money to pay the entry fee for peace of mind and security reason. A few weeks ago, we came to Waikite Hot pools and we were not asked for ID but letter with our name and address to show that we are locals. We feel that there is no consistency with your requirement for entry of locals. We are willing to pay whatever the fee set for locals or not. Maybe a sign advising what locals need to present and bring when they want to come and use your facility at the front gate would be nice. This will solve confusion. I would agree that an ID and letter with name and address would go hand in hand but why only pick some people and not all?
  • Most reasonable thermal swimming place near Rotorua. Has a shallow paddling area adjacent to the main pool so is the best place for small kids.
  • 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.
  • Great place to stay. We have a campervan and often stay overnight and enjoy unlimited time in the pools. Great staff.

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Rotorua has a range of different accommodations, mainly centered around the lake itself. In this downtown area you will find luxury hotels and hostels, many benefitting from good views of the surrounding scenery. Farther out of the town, comfortable motels offer those with a car a good option for setting up a base from which to explore the area. Campers and others wanting to enjoy the outdoors as soon as possible can opt for campsites and RV parks, all best accessed by car or taxi.
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