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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Address: Waikite Valley | RD1, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 333 1861
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Ranked #6 of 34 Attractions in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Waikite Valley Thermal Pools provides the opportunity to relax and experience the pure natural...
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Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature & Parks
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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This place has an amazing little walk where you can see the water ferociously bubbling up. The pools are a great range of temperatures however a high perch to sit on in the hottest pool would have been very welcome (gets a bit too hot!) With the pools being drained every night you would think this would provide an opportunity... More 

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Ipswich, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

the day we went there was a funeral on so some of it was shut off. which is unstandable but should have charged you less money. when we went there 16years ago you could go all the way around but now you can't because another park has opened on the other side of it.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

A local pool, not too many tourists, open air, facing the mountains, open until late. Just think about sitting in a hot pool looking at a lush green mountain, in the wild, with nothing else around. That's why I'm back.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We had a good lunch there and a relaxing soak in the pools. We were so relaxed afterwards we found it hard to walk up the path back to the car park.

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Brecon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

These hot pools are slightly more 'rustic' feeling than some, with about 6 different sizes and temperatures to choose from. There are private pools too, but the public pools were not too crowded, so we didn't feel the need. Spent a very pleasant couple of hours here. Tip.... These pools are not too far from Wai o Tapu geothermal area,... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

As someone new to hot pools and Geysers, Waikite Valley was an experience to treasure. There was a private pool for us, which seemed quite worth it. The other hot pools were also an interesting experience. On the hot day it was, we turned the temperature down, but can imagine the bliss on a slightly cooler day. A good choice... More 

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Springwood, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Locals pitched in and made these pools in the 60's and it still has an 'owned by the community' feel. An un pretentious soak in several pools at varied temperatures - a couple in more natural settings. You can take your own picnic in and use the tables and there is a cafe. Expect algae in the more natural pools,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

His was recommended to us as an alternative to the Mud Baths which are over rated and very expensive. We were not disappointed, for $35 for the two of us we had a 45min private spa and could spend unlimited time in all the other thermal spa holes, staff were excellent and very helpful.

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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

so interesting to look at and you get used to the smell after a while, worth the mission to get to. fun for all ages

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We've enjoyed the thermal pools while staying on the camping ground. The pools are very well maintained (they're drained and refilled every night). There's a few pools that are very cosy and have a nice view on the valley and some sheep on the hills.

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