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“Rustic, tired and expensive - but clean.”

Miranda Hot Springs
Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Thames
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New Zealand
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327 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 811 helpful votes
“Rustic, tired and expensive - but clean.”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was my first visit to the Miranda Hot Springs, but we were road-tripping the Seabird Coast, and it is definitely one of the "must-do" attractions, so we thought we would pay a visit.
I suspect that there has been little in the way of development here for a long time. The pool itself is ageing concrete, with peeling paint. The whole place looks like a 1980's timewarp. As soon as we walked in, we new that we weren't going to be there for hours.
The main pool is huge with wide steps on each side, and a modern chair lift to provide access into the pool for people who are in a wheelchair, or have other mobility issues.
The water was an excellent temperature, and the while old, the place was spotlessly clean which I appreciated.
The smell of sulphur is quite strong in the water, yet i was suprised to see no signage informing me whether it was safe to put my head under water or not.
There is also a large communal spa pool (called the sauna pool) with air jets, that sits above one end of the main pool. It was for adults only, and was quite a few degrees hotter than the main pool. There are also a couple of private pools.
The pool environment had large open spaces for family gatherings, and plenty of shaded tables and chairs. Children will enjoy the huge inflatable pillow trampoline, and there was also a room of aging arcade games.
I felt that the prices of the complex were over the top however. $13 entry for adult swimmers (14 and over), but $8 for a non-swimming spectator. $8 for swimsuit hire, $8 for towel hire. I felt these prices were unreasonably high given the age, rustic nature, and lack of modern investment in the pool complex.

Visited March 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice but a little run-down”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

I last visited here nearly 30 years ago when I was a school kid on camp. Nothing had changed at all. The place seriously needs a face lift but then that would probably raise prices. It cost something like $13 which was fine for what you get and compared to other mineral pools in NZ which frankly charge exorbitant prices.

It was reasonably clean and luckily for us, we visited on a week day so there were only a few pensioners visiting which made it really pleasant (no kids!)

I'd recommend it if you want a basic soak and de-stress.

Visited March 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A relaxing afternoon”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Remember when hot pools were for relaxing rather than trying to be adventure theme parks. It might not have long slides or bumper boats but what it does have is a pleasant view of the surrounding farmland and soothing warm water. Its a nice drive down from Auckland and I would recommend detouring over to Kawakawa Bay and coming down the coast road with its view of the Firth of Thames. The BBQ area helps make for a great old school day out of the city

Visited January 2013
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Waikato NZ
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Relaxing in the style of the 70ties”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

apparently no big investments for the last 30-40 years, but nice big open air pool perfect to relax in for hours. Extra hot additional pool, trampolin, BBQ-grills. Not very cheap entrance. Good option especially on days when the weather is not so good.

Visited December 2012
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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Small detour on way back to Auckland from Coromandel Peninsula. Constructed in 1960 and has an old fashioned lido feel to it. Despite this it is charming and great fun. The pool is huge and steps are along its longest edges so lots if space to sit at varying depths. The deepest is about 1.5 m. You can hire towels even swim gear. Have lockers and showers although only one shower in the men's. That said it was quiet there despite the holiday season. A definite 'Recommend'.

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