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, the Waikite Val­ley

Thermal Pools are a 25-minute drive south of the city on SH5 (head­ing to­wards Taupo), near Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Won­der­land.

This com­plex takes its min­eral bathing wa­ters from nearby Te Ma­naroa Spring, New Zealand’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.

There’s also a café and if you’re in the mood for a lit­tle shop­ping, the gift shop has a great range of swimwear, toi­letries, gifts and sou­venirs.

Head­ing east, on SH30 (to­wards Whakatane) is Hell’s Gate, sit­u­ated in New Zealand’s most ac­tive geothermal re­serve, Tikitere.

Its English name came cour­tesy of none other than Ge­orge Bernard Shaw and Maori who once lived in the area used to bathe in Tikitere’s sul­phurous wa­ters to heal their wounds after bat­tle and re­move the tapu (sa­cred­ness) of war.

After mar­vel­ling at the majesty of the geothermal park, you can en­joy a sooth­ing soak – in geothermal mud and/or wa­ters – or a re­lax­ing twi­light spa ex­pe­ri­ence.

Good for you

Acidic geothermal wa­ter re­lieves tired mus­cles, aches and pains, arthri­tis and rheuma­tism.

Al­ka­line geothermal wa­ter is char­ac­terised by its soft feel and is good for the skin.

Geothermal mud is full of en­rich­ing min­er­als which help to re­ju­ve­nate skin tis­sue.

HELLS GATE

WAIKITEVALLEYTHERMAL POOLS

POLY­NE­SIAN SPA

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