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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
Owner description: Waikite Valley Thermal Pools provides the opportunity to relax and experience the pure natural...
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Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Outdoors
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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Lulea, Sweden
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We drove south from Rotorua to Taupo and were told to stop at Waikite valley thermal pools for some RnR. Compared to other tourist attractions, this one had a really nice price. We recommend that you take a personal spa and then some relaxation time in the public pools. If you drive from Rotorua to Taupo, or vice versa, make... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Whilst being pretty much out the way from anything Waikitte Valley pools are well worth the visit. As a local I have been there numerous times. There is camping for tent and motor homes all with power. The added bonus of staying there is that it's free entry to the hot water pools. There is also a cafe too which... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We called by with the intention of soaking in thermal waters. On approach, we were amazed by the steam vapours arising from the grounds. However, on looking in, we were a bit disappointed by what seemed a regular looking swimming pool and a couple of spa baths beside it. Entry for the pool was $15 (fairly reasonable) but the spas... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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34 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This establishment south of Rotorua and 6 kilometres off the main State Highway 1 is a real gem. A number of pools with varying temperatures to soak away the accumulated stress of a days driving. Rocks are strategically set within the pools that give a feeling of privacy. Fantastic outlook at native bush and the sunset. Also small walk available... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Friendly staff, locals prices and definitely the best scenic soak around. Fantastic for families and couples alike.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

For anyone interested in thermal dynamics and volcanic activity close to the surface, this is colorful and well laid out park with options for 30 to 75 minute walks.

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Singapore, Singapore
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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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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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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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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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