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thoroughly enjoyed

We arrived later in the day like 5pm or so. It was a weekday in Jan. and not at all crowded which... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Auckland, New Zealand
Hot stuff !

Great experience bathing in the pools in a natural setting. It was not busy when I was there with a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Geri B
Horsham, United Kingdom
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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
Waikite Valley | Rd1, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-333 1861
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We arrived later in the day like 5pm or so. It was a weekday in Jan. and not at all crowded which made it perfect. It was $18 to enter for adult and only an extra 5-8$ to get a private spa for 45 min...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank islandcameo
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great experience bathing in the pools in a natural setting. It was not busy when I was there with a maximum of 3/4 people in each pool.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Geri B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited here, it has been 14 years since we were here last. What a transformation. 6 more pools, a great way to end a great week in the greater Rotorua area. The pools are clean, the changing rooms are clean. A really great experience....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jan G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Day Trip - Drive a Go-Rental Auto Sedan to Whitianga Geo-Thermal Pool-Spa situated in Coromandel Peninsula 200km from Auckland City; 90min Spa Therapy immersing, soaking in Natural Mineral Rich Hot Water Pools set in the most sublime n' tranquil surroundings...must see & experience the unique...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank raodevi10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though it was a rainy day, we enjoyed our walk along the shortest path to visit all the ponds. Quite an experience! Loved it!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Phloxylady2
Reviewed January 12, 2019

We visited this after Waiotapu Wonderland on a 27C day. Lunch was sufficient in the cafe. The staff was friendly and provided information. There are lockable lockers and big changerooms and outdoor showers. There were only about 20 other visitors and we soon learnt why....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Julie H
Reviewed January 8, 2019 via mobile

Come earlier for a clean bath! They drain the pools at 8:30 pm daily and open at 10am...so plan accordingly. We were delighted with their 6 pools. There’s something for everyone...a pool, small hot tubs, hot soaking pool and hot hot soaking pools. There are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank revett2016
Reviewed January 6, 2019

The Waikite thermal pools are a hidden gem, away from the normal hustle bustle of the tourist spots. I first visited the place approx 50years ago when it was being established (as my grandparents owned a farm nearby) then to see it again recently amazed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank brucedelaney59
Reviewed January 4, 2019

We went here for a date evening in December. The thermal pools were very relaxing, but the space itself seemed a bit dirty with lots of hair in pools, and just generally not super well kept. I was expecting more of a spa experience, and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank LindsayMast
Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

We visited as a group of 6 adults and 6 children aged between 4-10 years. There was something to suit everyone. Quiet soak pools with stunning views, a larger cooler children’s pool with shade cover. We enjoyed a good soak here after walking around Wai-O-Tapu...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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October 13, 2017|
Response from AlyshaP45 | Reviewed this property |
The season pass includes the use of all there spas except the private spas
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
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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Scott M
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Looking for advice on a 4 night Northern / 9 night Southern itinerary. We’re both 40 active and really enjoy the outdoors, especially mountains/glaciers/rivers/forest/beaches, etc. Looking for some activities mostly hiking (Easy to 3-4 hours max so as not to take up whole day), but also mountain biking, sledging, maybe a skydive. Also like exploring small towns and art districts. Pretty typical tourists. Budget is pretty flexible, no real constraints there. Fly out of Chicago arriving in...More
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Hi Scott, Welcome to the NZ forum :) Re the SI - Nelson is only an hour from Abel Tasman National Park, so that would be an option there - what time does your flight arrive at, or has that booking been made yet? You would need two nights in that area in order to enjoy a day in ATNP. With the 7 remaining nights, you could fly from Nelson to Christchurch, pick up a rental and drive to Mt. Cook (2 nights), Wanaka (1 night), TeAnau (for fiordland/Milford Sound - 2 nights) and Queenstown...More
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Thanks loads to those who have helped me put my honeymoon itinerary together so far. After a month of bookings and further logistics, I've run into a few problems! Our current NI itinerary is: 1 Arrive AKL 2pm. Explore, possibly visit Museum. Adjust to Timezone 2 AKL - Rangitoto Island. Eve: Sunset at Sky Tower. More adjusting to timezone! 3 AKL - Rotoura Tour via Great Escapes tour to Hobbiton and Gloworm Caves. (arr. Rotorua c.6pm) Kuriau Park market in evening. 4...More
December 14, 2015|
Response fromzhuhai2007|
It does only take 20-25 min to drive from Rotorua to Wai-o-tapu. I would imagine arriving by 10 am should be enough. If you miss the "eruption" it is not the end of the world. You are almost certain to see Pohutu erupt (naturally) while in Rotorua. Wai-o-tapu is still worth visiting .
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To all North Island experts, I would appreciate your comments on the below itinerary alongside tips for accommodation (preferably budget). Important questions include whether the driving is feasible under the winter season in June. Will there be snow? We will be reaching Auckland on the 16th June in the morning and leave Auckland on the 22nd June at noon. That gives us about 6 days. Day 1: auckland to Whitinga --> we will go past Coromandel. Question is how long does it take to drive...More
April 21, 2013|
Response fromAssessors|
Your itinerary looks good but you have missed the region of the north which is a must visit area. You should plan to come again and see this area. We have a Bed and breakfast establishment in Red Beach which is North of Auckland. Have a great time in New Zealand!