Ther­mal pools

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

When your calf mus­cles are scream­ing af­ter com­plet­ing the Ton­gariro Alpine Cross­ing, a good hot soak is a mighty fine op­tion. The hot ther­mal springs at Tokaanu are a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres from Tu­rangi. There are pri­vate min­eral pools with tem­per­a­tures be­tween 39 and 41 de­grees Cel­sius and a cooler pub­lic pool which the kids will pre­fer. Lo­cal Mãori from the Ngãti Ku­rauia tribe have lived in the area since the 16th cen­tury and at­test to the wa­ter’s ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits. Early Euro­peans trav­el­ling by stage­coach also ap­pre­ci­ated the warm baths af­ter a long day’s travel from Whanganui to Taupo. The pools are open every day ex­cept Christmas Day from 10am -9pm. There is also a ther­mal bush walk. Man­garoa Street, Tokaanu,

(07) 386 8575, nzhot­pools.co.nz/hot-pools/tokaanu-ther­mal-pools

If your mus­cles need se­ri­ous un­tan­gling, the women at Ton­gariro MediSpa in Tu­rangi de­liver the goods. Noleen, Anje and their team have a spa near the Ton­gariro River Bridge. They spe­cial­ize in mus­cu­loskele­tal mas­sage which un­hooks knots and stretches stub­born mus­cles. You walk out feel­ing taller, straighter and a whole lot more re­laxed. Other spa treat­ments are on of­fer. 4600 State High­way 1, (07) 378 6334, ton­gariromedispa.co.nz

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