The Coromandel is known for its iconic coastline and laid back vibe, which is why it’s New Zealand’s top summer holiday destination.
As the summer crowds disperse, there are plenty of good reasons to visit the Coromandel in the cooler months, with the clear air and mild temperatures providing the perfect ambience to get out and explore the region. The shorter, cooler days are perfect conditions to explore the walkways, beaches and forests, and to enjoy the slower pace of life on the peninsula, just 90 minutes from our largest city, Auckland. The Coromandel experienced intense volcanic activity many millions of years ago, resulting in the iconic coastal formations found in nearby Cathedral Cove and its surrounds for which the region is so famous. Local Maori legend speaks of secret locations where heated waters bubbled to the surface, springs revered for their warmth and healing properties and a lost geo-thermal hot spring that had once flowed into the Taputapuatea Stream (locally known as the Mother Brown Stream). Thanks to the perseverance of one very determined local man, Alan Hopping, the lost spring is now rediscovered for all to enjoy as The Lost Spring Thermal Pools and Day Spa. Situated in the heart of down town Whitianga behind a pair of unassuming gates, The Lost Spring is an oasis of peace and tranquility and an exotic sanctuary. The Lost Spring’s sculpted geo-thermal pools, spread out across the resort’s 3.5 acres, are surrounded by verdant native bush and provide secluded corners and nooks for a tranquil experience. The water temperature
ranges from a comfortable 32 degrees celsius to a deeply soothing 41 degrees celsius. The natural spring water that fills each pool is sourced from 667 metres deep below the earth’s surface and aged at no less than 16,000 years old. The therapeutic properties of these thermal mineral waters are well known throughout the region, soothing joints and leaving skin feeling soft and nourished. Here, the atmosphere is of pure relaxation – no children under 14 years and a place where you can leave the world behind and bring the magic back into adults lives enhanced by the restful sound of local birdsong and Pacifica music. Geothermal pools turn into a magical wonderland on a Saturday night as the sun sets and the artfully placed lights create an intimate evening atmosphere. The Lost Spring Day Spa offers the full range of treatments, with the team of international therapists mixing Eastern traditions with modern western therapies and Pacifica charm. The menu includes relaxation massage, and beauty treatments using the exotic Pure Fiji range, aromatherapy massages and holistic treatments to rejuvenate and de-stress. The day spa is the
perfect place to relax as a couple or spend a day out with the girls, with packages including a selection of therapies. Twin treatment rooms are available to share the experience with a loved one. The latest development in this engaging complex is the addition of the tree top bures, new spa rooms high in the lush tropical bush with glimpses of the amethyst waters below. With a private balcony and secluded pool, the bures add another dimension to the unique Lost Spring experience. The Lost Spring Café has a reputation among locals for its fresh local produce, antipasto platters and tapas, exotic cocktails and local wine. Poolside service is a decadent treat or you can enjoy a post-massage refreshment on the day spa deck or a meal in the Lost Spring Café, one of the top places to dine in Whitianga. Housed in the historic Mercury Bay School house, The Lost Spring Café is surrounded by tropical gardens which can be viewed over the lagoon from the cafe, from the elevated cocktail deck, or from the beach for an exotic tropical dining experience. Combined with a swim or spa visit, or as a dining destination in itself, the café team will conjure a romantic dinner for two, a celebratory lunch or a quick coffee and sweet treat. So, while The Coromandel is known for its iconic coastline and Hot Water Beach, the relaxed and sophisticated vibe of this geothermal paradise experience puts The Lost Spring on any ‘Must Do’ list.