We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Waikite Valley | RD1, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 333 1861
Website
Improve this listing
Description: Waikite Valley Thermal Pools provides the opportunity to relax and...
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 484 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 303
    Excellent
  • 146
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Lovely setting

We decided to drive about 6 kilometer into the Waikite Valley Road to browse this facility after having spent the afternoon swimming at the nearby Kerosene Creek. We found this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
WithinThe4Seas
,
Auckland Region, New Zealand

Similar Things to Do in Rotorua

Add Photo Write a Review

484 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We decided to drive about 6 kilometer into the Waikite Valley Road to browse this facility after having spent the afternoon swimming at the nearby Kerosene Creek. We found this place fascinating but it was a bit late in the evening for the pools and we thus decided to return the following day. We were glad to have driven once... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rotorua, New Zealand
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We are locals but this facility is enjoyed by people from all over the world as well. Holiday periods are a bit busy but there is plenty of room for everyone. If you are traveling in a motorhome or van there are campsites available with showers and toilet facilities. The restaurant is small but does a good fish and chips... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Took our two girls out here last month with their grandmother. Was an easy drive out there and not too far out of Rotorua. Haven't been out since the 90s so was very impressed. The main soak pool was great, lots of room and then the smaller soak pools were set in a lovely surrounding. Kids had a great time... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I have always loved Waikite Hot Pools! This is the perfect place go go and relax during the day or night. Unlike the more local pools in Rotorua, Waikite Hot Pools are usually pretty quite which is one of the reasons I keep going back, I like to feel like I have my own space in a pool. If you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
mark b, Public Relations Manager at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, see you on your next visit! More 

Rotorua District, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I was a little disappointed last night on the 23/08, the boy at the counter looked as if he didnt want to b there... No smile or not much info given, eg, dont put heads under water.. I understand these are thermal pools & should never put heads under water, no signs for this either & saw a number of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
mark b, Owner at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this review

Thanks for review and disappointed that you did not necessarily enjoy your experience. To address a couple of the issues that you raise, there are three signs ( directly at the pool entrance, on the wooden ramp walking into the complex and at the bottom of the stairs before you enter the changing facilities) which inform patrons that the pools... More 

Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

After a scenic drive to Waikite Valley the thermal pools were a delight. Easy access for those with mobility problems and friendly staff.

Was this review helpful? Yes
mark b, General Manager at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, pleased to hear that you found us mobility friendly! More 

Saltburn
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Linda on the front desk was a pleasure to deal with. She was friendly and informative, a real asset to the place. The water is beautiful, leaves your skin tingling and soft. Quieter, less commercial and nicer than the polanisian pools in the city. Every local I met recommended them. The place was hand made by volunteers in the 70's!... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
mark b, Owner at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this review

Thankyou for a great review and really pleased that you appreciate the less commercial nature of our facility! Also, I will pass on your positive comments to our staff member Lynda! More 

Level Contributor
158 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I love Thermal Pools and these are pretty good - not the best in the country - Hamner and some in Tauranga are better but you just can't beat Thermal Pools - but make sure you rinse your swimwear otherwise you will have to replace them.

Was this review helpful? Yes
mark b, General Manager at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review. More 

Auckland
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I cant believe we have never been here! I will tell everyone about this place and would go again! To me it is superior to Polynesian Baths because it is much cheaper and the drive there is lovely and the setting is just so magical!!! It is in the middle of nowhere and just hidden in the hills with steam... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
mark b, General Manager at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this review

Thanks for the really positive review. Look forward to your next visit! More 

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The facilities (showers) are very basic (could really do with an update!) but the pools were clean and great, surrounded by green hills. Good value for money. Very peaceful place to relax after visiting f.e. Wai-O-Tapu. If you are camping, camp here (as guests from the campsite can easily enjoy this as well).

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
mark b, General Manager at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Yes, we are aware of our need to revamp our showers and have plans in place to have this done. Really appreciate your comment regarding both the cleanliness and relaxing nature of our complex. Indeed, a lovely way to relax after your visit to Waiotapu, and of course as you mentioned, campers are given a real... More 

Travelers who viewed Waikite Valley Thermal Pools also viewed

Rotorua, Rotorua District
 
Rotorua, Rotorua District
Rotorua, Rotorua District
 

Been to Waikite Valley Thermal Pools? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Waikite Valley Thermal Pools staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?