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“Hidden Gem”

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Ranked #8 of 115 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.
Reviewed July 20, 2013

A much cleaner, quieter, cheaper and satisfying soak compared to the tourist spots in Rotorua. Worth the drive out of Rotorua.

1  Thank Annette H
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The water was absolutely beautiful, definately worth going to if you want to get rid of some hard kinks caused by a stressful week. A well recommended place to attend. Service was swift. A must experience

Thank Te aroha M
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

First, admission fee is untimed, meaning you can stay as long as you like.

They are open air as you can see from photos, with 2 pools sitting on the edge of the cliff, where you can see the hill on the other side. It is truly picturesque background, perfect for photo. (do take camera with you).

There is also a kiosk / cafe next to the pool, although more pricy.

Water temperature between 33 - 39 'C (they are all signposted). It does feel boiling hot at the beginning, but will get used to it after few minutes.

There is also a shallow pool for children or adult to just lie down, and a deep swimming pool to do laps in.

This is a very relaxing visit, best to do at the end of the day. We got there at 6PM, did not get out until after 8PM, and only because we were worried that all the restaurants would be closed if we leave when the pool close at 9PM. We simply had no desire to leave.

Thank Azzsyd
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Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed my solo bath in one pool with direct view to forest for almost one hour. Then a team of rugby boys arrived, playing games in the larger pool. Watching them play was fun. Overall, Amazing experience with great value.

Thank Nooooise
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

My visitors opted not to bath at the Wai-o-tapu one-lane bridge as there are no changing facilities. Instead we went to the Thermal Pools. Nice and clean and relatively empty as it was winter.

Thank Christoph T
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