HOT POOL HEAVEN

Rotorua Visitor Guide - - News -

There’s no bet­ter way to warm up than a soak at one of Rotorua’s won­der­ful hot pool com­plexes. All are fam­ily-friendly, of­fer­ing var­i­ous bathing op­tions. Set in ru­ral Rotorua, theWaikite Val­ley Ther­mal Pools are a 25-minute drive south of the city on SH5 (head­ing to­wards Taupo), nearWai-O-Tapu Ther­malWon­der­land. This com­plex takes itsmin­eral bathing wa­ters from nearby Te Ma­naroa Spring, NewZealand’s largest sin­gle source of nat­u­ral hot wa­ter, gush­ing at near boil­ing point. There’s such an abun­dance of geo­ther­mal wa­ter all 10 pools are emp­tied, cleaned and re­filled daily. Bring a pic­nic or grab some­thing to eat or drink at the on-site cafe. The pools are open 10am un­til 9pm daily. In the cen­tral city’s lovely Govern­ment Gar­dens, The Blue Baths are Rotorua’s nod to Hol­ly­wood and the pools there are filled with geother­mally heated fresh wa­ter, rather than min­eral wa­ter. The main pool is usu­ally about 30C with the two soak pools vary­ing be­tween 37C and 42C. The com­plex opens at mid­day and there are spe­cial group and fam­ily prices. The Blue Baths has a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory and you can take a wan­der down mem­ory lane in the mu­seum, si­t­u­ated in the for­mer men’s chang­ing rooms. Also in the Govern­ment Gar­dens, is the Poly­ne­sian Spa where you can en­joy a num­ber of bathing op­tions or in­dulge in spa treat­ments. There’s a large fresh­wa­ter chlo­ri­nated fam­ily pool with a tod­dler sec­tion and a small hy­dro slide for ex­tra fun. Out­side are a num­ber of pools in which to re­lax and en­joy the view across the lake – it’s a fab­u­lous sun­set set­ting.

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