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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

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Address: Waikite Valley | RD1, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 333 1861
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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.
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We spent 2 hours walking through the valley and it was well marked and educational. I would highly recommend this attraction

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Penticton, Canada
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Penticton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We spent 2 hours walking through the valley and it was well marked and educational. I would highly recommend this attraction

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

With 6 kids, we rarely stay in hotels. We love to tent camp and this is one of our favourite campsites. It has nothing to do with the campsite facilities. They are average, and maybe even a little cramped for our tastes, but the thermal pools are HEAVEN!!! When you camp at the campsite, the pools are included in your... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The woman from our hotel recommended this spot over the Polynesian. She said it is where the locals go and will not be as crowded. It is about 30 minutes outside of town, but worth the trip. The baths were clean and appealing. There is an interesting Eco-Walk to the hot spring that feeds the baths. It is run by... More 

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Auckland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

I've been to so many thermal pools here in NZ like Polynesian spa / The lost springs /etc and I found the owner of these places kind and pleasant to talk to but unfortunately , not in this place. Here is my story, I let my family go and have a seat while I'm waiting in the busy line to... More 

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Solihull
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We brought our campervan and had a powered site for a night. The $22 a head fee included entrance to the thermal pools, which were wonderful. A huge swimming pool of hot water and several lounging pools and tubs of varying temperature. We used then in the afternoon and early next morning, as you don't have to leave before midday.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

Went as family of four, 2 kids under 5yrs. Staff un friendly, food very over priced, pools could do with a scrub once a fortnight at least, quite sure they don't get one often at all! Change rooms clean, but everything is VERY dated. If you want just a refreshing stop on route to destination for young kiddies to stretch... More 

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Noumea, New Caledonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Pools are very nice, you can choose which one is better for yourself and terraces provide uniques views A quite friendly reception

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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