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“Hidden Gem”

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Ranked #7 of 112 things to do in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Auckland
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Never new this place existed until a friend told me about it. Visited on a recent trip to Taupo and so pleased we took the time to do so. 40 minute drive from Taupo and everyone should make the effort. Excellent pools, very clean, not crowded and very relaxing. The nature walk is a must do as well. Clean changing facilities, lockers and the cafe is very nice too.

Visited April 2013
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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Thermal pools”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

The briggs family along with the Stoddart family went to visit the pools this was not expensive it was $14 each and we went to the adult pools not the family pools. This was relaxing and enjoyed trying the different temperatures of the pools. THere was clean shower facilities and they have a little shop there with lots of nice smellys and a big range of swim wear. I nice attraction to winde down the day. Would visit again.

Visited April 2013
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12 attraction reviews
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“Relaxing”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Lovely little spot. Lots of variety in the temperature of the pools. A big main pool for the kids and smaller relaxing pools for people wanting a little quite time. 15$ entry fee was a little pricy, but not too bad. Big picnic tables for you to have lunch at and a camp ground right there if you want to stay the night.

Visited April 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Where the locals hang out”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Our hotelier recommended Waikite as somewhere to relax and enjoy the hot pools and the farmland scenery without too many tourists around. When we turned up we realised this is obviously where the locals go. We booked a private pool and had a relaxing 40 minutes soaking up the thermal waters, tranquil views and sunshine. A great experience.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Tranquil & relaxing”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

An amazing experience with all of the pools and spas being over 37°C. We spent several hours at the centre trying a number of the spas and pools. Sitting, talking and taking in the views over the valley made the time go quickly.

Visited April 2013
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