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“Everytime a great experience”

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Ranked #7 of 112 things to do in Rotorua
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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.
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Everytime a great experience”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is what you call a small venue but that is exactly the beauty of it. This is not a big massive "spa pool" this is still personal, small and really great. You can even walk to the source of all that gorgeous hot water and see it boil up from the earth. Really amazing.

Visited January 2013
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Novosibirsk, Russia
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“Fantastic place to relax!”
Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

Very nice place to visit at the end of tough day.
We went there after visiting hobbiton (yes it is possible to manage in one day if you go on 12:30 tour)
+ very nice small park. Interesting 20 minutes walk with beautiful NZ nature & geothermal activity. Brilliant public pools. From big pool where children can play to relaxing smaller pools. Totally 4 pools and 2 jacuzies near the big pool available. Water is so relaxing, we spent there 3 hours and didn't even noticed!

We also went to private pools. Well I didn't get the idea. You have small bath, almost no nature view, and pretty small space. In my point of view - private ones doesn't worth visiting.

1 Thank AndreyT1984
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Reporoa, l, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“day out”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

10 mins drive for us to go here.its lovley local and very nice place to go to have a family day out.you can have a swim and have lunch and great place to catch a relaxing time.thank you waikite valley for being in our area

Visited December 2012
Thank Rhonda H
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Montreal, Canada
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Wonderful pools and eco-trail walk”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Initial appearances can be deceiving as, at first glance, this thermal pool complex looks old and somewhat run-down. When you get inside you then see that there are ten pools, ranging in temperature and design, a modern ablution block with great showers and changing facilities, and the entire complex is well-maintained, very clean and appealing. The pools are spread around amongst gardens and walkways so that even when very busy there is a sense of privacy and calm. The private pools allow you to adjust the water temperature and are well worth the additional charge.

The complex has an adjacent campground and the nightly fee includes unlimited use of the pools. Campers are able to use the pools before they open to the public and from the time of closing until the pools are emptied and cleaned. They are emptied completely every night and scrubbed down.

The eco-trail walk to Te Manaroa Spring, the source of water for the valley, takes about 5 minutes each way and offers stunning views of the steaming NZ bush.

If you plan to camp there during the busy summer months I'd suggest booking ahead, especially if you use a tent. The unpowered tent area is on a grassy area running alongside the fenced-off boiling stream but this area only takes around 5-6 tents. It's a beautiful place to camp. There are a few motorhome spots adjacent to the tent area and these are individually fenced for privacy. A little further out in the complex there are more caravan/motorhome positions - these are not separated with fencing or shrubs. There are 20 camping sites in total.

The facility is largely accessible to people that use wheelchairs. There is one spacious accessible bathroom with changing area, toilet, hand basin and shower. Hooks for hanging clothes up are too high but a bench is provided.

Since I was camping there for the night I didn't use the lockers in the pool complex but its worth noting that these are available for securing your wallets, keys, etc when you are soaking in the pools.

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Camping and hot pools”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Camping and use of hot pools included. Quiet sot off the main tourist tracks. Clean pools emptied nigthly

Visited January 2013
Thank tel8
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