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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Ranked #8 of 113 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 January 25, 2014

We had planned to visit Waiotapu Springs, but when we arrived to an overflowing carpark (with traffic marshalls!) we drove a bit further along the road to this valley. What a hidden gem! There is a main pool (thermally heated, but the coolest of the pools), four smaller pools of varying heats, a couple of two-person tubs, and private pools (which we didn't use). We moved from pool to pool and enjoyed the beautiful setting.

We ate our picnic lunch, supplemented by drinks from the cafe, at big wooden tables and chairs, under a very welcome sunshade. If you have no togs or towels, you can hire them: $10 per item, and you get $5 back on return.

I highly recommend the walk to the spring itself. When the steam clears, you can see masses of hot water bubbling to the surface. There are helpful signs along the path explaining the history and the science of the springs, and how they go about cooling the water from 90+ degrees to something people can soak in.

2  Thank Elizabeth S
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Great value for money ! It is a small campsite which has pitches for tents, and electrical points for caravans and camper vans. The site has a kitchen with a microwave, hotplate, kettle and large fridge freezer for those campers who need to cook and don't have equipment. Pools are fantastic and filled with natural water from the spring and all are emptied daily and refilled again. The temperatures vary and are monitored some pools warmer than others and a nice cool shower facility. It is in a peaceful setting and after a 4 day stay I felt rejuvenated. Great place to use as a base to visit other sites in the area like Thermal wonderland (see my feedback)

1  Thank JSR2012
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

This place is wonderful! Paying $3 extra for a private pool gives you 40 minutes in a room with a lovely outlook while you relax, you control the temperature of the pool, and a shower to rinse off afterwards. While the other pools were nice, I thoroughly recommend the private pool option.

If you are nearby, it is worth going the extra 10 minute drive for a soak and relax.

3  Thank Kelly S
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We booked the campsite which is adjacent to the thermal pools. Access to the pools is included in the site fee so it is very reasonable. We enjoyed an afternoon soaking in the pools and also had a quick dip in the morning too! Enjoyed dinner in the cafe on site. Campsite facilities are basic but clean and offer excellent value for money when you consider that the camp fees are only a fee dollars more than entry to the pools for two.

1  Thank melw266
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

The thermal spa itself was beautiful, warm, relaxing and I felt regenerated after a long day. But the overall place lacked authenticity. We paid for a 'private spa'. But when we arrived at the spa we were very disappointed. There was no great outlook. In fact, there was no view at all. We felt like we were just in a small room with a normal small spa. It took away from the thermal experience. Next time, I'll hunt down a 'mud bath' and thermal spring that offers a more unique, 'natural' setting. Bit disappointed but still glad we took the opportunity for a soak.

3  Thank MissyKafoops
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