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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Waikite Valley | RD1, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
07 333 1861
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Ranked #7 of 33 Attractions in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Outdoors
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Owner description: Waikite Valley Thermal Pools provides the opportunity to relax and experience the pure natural geothermal waters from the Te Manaroa Spring. Facilities include The Pukeko in the Ponga Tree Cafe, a splash pool with adjoining toddlers play area, passive bathing pools, private spas, nature trail and separate changing, toilet and shower area for families. Waikite Valley Thermal Pools also offers powered and non powered campground sites.
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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We were sleeping at the camping ground there and had free access to the pool. Those are not "natural" like some of the waterfall near by but they still use the water from the hot springs around. They have many small pools of all sizes and temperature and there look very nice in stone / wood and all have amazing... More

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Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Waikite hot springs is a hidden gem off the beaten track. Best for people like us travelling in a campervan or tenting as the pools have both powered and non powered camping sites but no other accommodation and they are a reasonable trip away from either Rotorua or Taupo. They are set in a lovely native bush reserve with a... More

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Calgary
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

There are various hot pools which were very nice, but the campground leaves much to be desired. The spaces are very small and close to each other but the bigger issue is the inadequate facilities. The kitchen space is tiny for the number of sites, and the same for the bathrooms. There were lineups due to the limited space.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I can say it is one of the best thermal pools in New Zealand. I got information about this place from the local I met in Rotorua. All my family enjoyed bathe there, great mountain views, walkway around the thermal area there and great food from the cafe. We didn't expect to have such tasty food there, it was much... More

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Haiyang, China
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We stayed here for one night at a powered site (we were traveling in a rented campervan). We enjoyed using the pools, but they weren't as hot as we would've liked and they were quite crowded. The best part about this place is the short Eco Trail by the natural hot springs. Go walk it!

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

When we visited, we enquired at the ticket counter as we wanted a look see before commiting to NZD 15 as we have experienced such pools elsewhere. The lady said fee for entry was NZD 3 which will be deducted from the pool fee if we changed our minds. So with NZD 3 we walked the eco trail and we... More

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Perth, Australia
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33 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is off the beaten track, but worth the 6 km trek from the main highway to this thermal pool. There were not alot of people here which made it more appealing, but when we left, the place started to fill up. There are 6 different pools ranging in different temperatures, and the surroundings are so tranquil it makes for... More

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Spratton, Uk
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86 reviews 86 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Great location in the country with good selection of pools. This was a really nice place and the pools were wonderful to relax in. You can rent towels and swim costumes. Really good value.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It is a little hyped. You share it with so many people that it is not fun. If you take a private pool it is very expensive and you get to go into only one pool.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Hot pools are an awesome experience.Unfortunately the camp facilities are very basic and the bathrooms in the 2 nights we stayed were not cleaned.The pools are emptied every night and are clean,but the same cannot be said for the bathrooms.

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