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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...more
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Waikite Valley | Rd1, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I loved this place, it’s about 30 min drive out of Rotorua but you won’t be disappointed! Tucked down in a valley with steam rising and beautiful views of the country side! Enjoyed our time very much!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Bennymoran
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the best thermal hot pool experience ever. This is a must do. If you drive past or decide not to go, that is the wrong decision, the water is absolutely amazing like nothing else you've ever felt.

Thank 710erict
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in town on Tuesday 14th of May and we were looking for a thermal pool or two to relax in. This was recommended to us from the tourist information centre, so that's why my wife, myself and our 9 year old daughter ended...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 11, 2019

My partner and I arrived at Waikite in the late afternoon and booked a soak package ($27) – private spa and entry to all the thermal pools. Staff were friendly and polite. The private spa was fabulous – nice entry, perfect height when sitting down...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Skippy_from_Brisbane
WVTP, Owner at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi there Skippy, So pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. We are a somewhat less commercialized geothermal bathing experience than perhaps Polynesian Spa so great that you were able to experience something so much to your liking. Look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed May 6, 2019 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the pools. The lady at the counter was very friendly and welcoming. Explained the complex and the various pool temperatures. Loved the covered mineral pool overlooking bush and farmland with the sun setting it was stunning....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 4, 2019

I wished we had stayed longer. This place was so relaxing and worth every dollar. Its definitely a place I would love to visit again if I am ever back in New Zealand.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Sara S
WVTP, Owner at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Sara, Awesome to hear that you enjoyed your experience! Love to see you back one day!

Reviewed April 25, 2019 via mobile

Great selection of hot pools to bathe in overlooking geothermal activity. A couple of the pools were made to look natural out of rocks etc. Not hugely touristy either, we often had a pool to ourselves. There was also a little nature walk round the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank CroxleyJD
WVTP, Manager at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi there, Great to hear that you enjoyed your experience. Our eco-trail is a real jewel in our crown and wows people every time. It follows the boiling Otamarake stream and finishes at the largest single source of boiling water in NZ, the Te Manaoroa...More

Reviewed April 24, 2019 via mobile

We met as a group of 5 friends from various countries and I chose this location based on over 30 years of visiting here. Still a great location but inflexible Service was disappointing. We spent about $35 at the Cafe but were told we could...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 394martinel
WVTP, Owner at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2019

Thank you for your review. I am pleased that you enjoyed the pools. The issue you raise is in regards to not being able to bring your own food items into our designated cafe area. I acknowledge that you had purchased some items from our...More

Reviewed April 16, 2019

Brought the toddler and baby and had a blast. Its set in a lovely rural area, typical of most of NZ until you see the steaming river that runs beside the Pools. The setting is lovely and even on a autum day you feel warm...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank HammondNZ
WVTP, Owner at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi there, Awesome to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We are a very family friendly complex so great that your little ones also had a great time. We are certainly privileged to be set in such a beautiful environment rural environment! Love to host...More

Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Young lady took phone booking for powered site we took her name ! Two hours driving we arrived met lady and said can we have our powered site which you took booking for us. She said no ive given it to someone else!!!!. I naturally...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Wanderer01938946063
WVTP, Owner at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2019

Thank you for your review. Firstly, we acknowledge that an error was made, our sincerest apologies for this. While we were unable to provide you with a powered site as per your booking ( again our error!) we were able to offer a non- powered...More

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farmgurl13
October 13, 2017|
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Response from AlyshaP45 | Reviewed this property |
The season pass includes the use of all there spas except the private spas
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July 6, 2017|
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Response from WVTPManager | Property representative |
Hi there if you pay for the private pool or spa plus this also gives you access to the other public pools and Eco trail
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julieteng
February 20, 2017|
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Response from 87,181 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Julie The facility is open every day except Christmas from 10 am. I don't recall the exact price, but think it was something like $25-30 per adult for general admission. It's about 30 minutes from Rotorua
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