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Taupo Region
Northeast of Golden Springs, near Reporoa


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Donated by Josephine McLean (resident) Golden Springs

Description

Butchers pool is named after a Mr Butcher one of the first settlers in reporoa. It was near his homestead and he and his family used it as a bath. He later 'gifted' this pool to the people of Reporoa and it has been upgraded during WW2 by persons who were 'objectors' as part of their work. It has since been greatly improved due to a substantial grant of money for the year 2000, and now comprises sealed walkways, toilets and changing rooms, etc. Please treat the pool with respect when visiting. [Robbie, Rotorua]

Butcher's pool fills from hot and cold internal blue, non-smelling mineral springs and water exits continually so renewing and cleansing itself. Rotorua District Council mow lawns and clear rubbish so this is a clean, attractive public pool with a changing room and toilets.Visitors could assist council by placing all rubbish and cans in bins provided. Good parking is provided. [Josephine McLean, New Zealand]


Directions

This pool is situated on the eastern side of Broadlands Road, approx. 2 kilometres south of Reporoa township. It is signposted from Broadlands Road, and is accessible via a short gravel road, approx. 400 metres, from Broadlands road. [Robbie, Rotorua]

The pool is also accessible from SH5 by turning off onto Homestead Road which leads all the way up to Broadlands Rd to a few metres from the pool driveway - signposted [Josephine McLean, New Zealand]


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  1. worked in reporoa in early 90s and have lots of fond memories of butchers pool. one day i will return!

    jonathon Dickinson - Sheffield,UK    
    Rating: 8/10   3rd November 2014
  2. I am looking to get in contact with Edith Butcher about the history of this pool. Is anyone able to help me out with this? Thanks

    kirsty - Auckland    
    14th February 2014
  3. Very nice soak in hot water relaxing clean and tidy 22/06/2013

    Rex - NZ    
    29th June 2013
  4. I had been looking forward for some years to visiting this pool, but was terribly disappointed when I visited inMay 2013. The pool was more than half empty and full of scum. Someone brave could have got in and dealt with the inlet/outlet situation, but it was very unappealing. The rural surroundings were about the only thing it had going for it. There was also a car full of unsavoury characters drinking in the car park. So sad.

    Jane West - Victoria, Australia    
    Rating: 2/10   1st June 2013
  5. Thankyou Edith Butcher for your comments. Butcher's pool is a great energy booster. So glad of your family's heritage in this pool

    Grant    
    Rating: 9/10   30th January 2013
  6. I am a grandaughter of Mr Butcher. 73 years ago as a small child I visited the Butchers hot springs on their property. Recenly I returned and was amazed to see how well it has been improved and maintaned well done local council

    Edith Butcher - N.Z.    
    21st January 2013
  7. When I was travelling wiht the kids years ago it was tradition for us to stop at butchers pool. What an awesome place for whaanau to gather. Lokking forward to bringing the mokos.

    marina Pouesi - Whanganui-a-tara, Aotearoa    
    Rating: 10/10   2nd May 2012
  8. A great facility for the community! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Butchers Pool. Look forward to another hot swim when we are next in the district.

    Kay Burgess - Hastings    
    Rating: 10/10   12th April 2012
  9. Lovely natural hot spa. In one corner the gas bubbles up giving a nice natural spa. Improved greatly in recent years. Well sign-posted off Reporoa Rd. In open farmland.

    Mark Stuckey - Napier    
    Rating: 8/10   1st October 2011
  10. Awesome pool, in the middle of nowhere, no lights, great place..

    Alan - NZ    
    Rating: 10/10   11th September 2011
  11. Have been there Loads of times, once about 10 years ago before it was done up and it was just a hole in the ground, and a few times in resent years and its still a great pool ! - just have to watch out for loud drunk teens as i was one of them once

    Laura - UK    
    Rating: 9/10   6th September 2011
  12. Unforgetable out-of-the-way place, fabuous public treasure and a gorgeous temperature on a cold winters day. A dip cut short with the unforgetable, disgusting array of litter, the council van that came and left & seeing local women washing their hair with shampoo. Loved the harakeke planted area, steps etc. How about a sign re how it works - geothermal, why gravel and pea soupyness and local pride to leave only footprints!

    Pam - Wellington    
    Rating: 7/10   24th July 2011
  13. I can remember my Mum and Dad farming at Reperoa, and the whole family always went down for a soak and having to get the cows out before we got in, baby and all, that was 40 years ago always rememeber these great times, people are spoilt today always want the best. And we are all still alive

    Siaht - Auckland    
    30th June 2011
  14. Awesome idea and we loved the pool, but a pity about the scumbags that did the tagging all over the place. There was broken glass at the side of the pool which made me a bit nervous - I'll wear jandals next time! Be aware the water won't be crystal clear - there is no bottom to the pool. The hot water is coming straight up from the gravel in the bottom. We jumped into the brown water (in the rain!) and loved it. Well worth stopping off for a swim. Please look after this facility!

    Goddygirl - New Zealand    
    Rating: 8/10   18th June 2011
  15. My husband is a Reporoa boy, he took me there on our last trip to NZ, what a lovely spot for some romance.

    Shellie - Australia    
    Rating: 10/10   14th June 2011
  16. We used to go here as kids - an awesome place to relax! Great memories, and great games played 'staying away from the algae' - I loved the gravel bottom of the pool too.

    Genevra - Te Awamutu    
    Rating: 9/10   10th December 2010
  17. Nice spot. Very quiet, nobody else there despite it being school holidays. Take a hat with you, as there is no shade at all.

    David - Chch    
    Rating: 8/10   7th October 2010
  18. I have visited this pool over a period of years, whilst en route between Auckland and Wellington. It is a "must do" stop for me. A beautiful spot at 2 a.m. on a starry night. A very pleasant hot soak and a rest in hot or freezing weather. I will usually have something to eat - a pie and a coffee, when I sit down in the water. The muddy-coloured water and the scum are harmless and a natural product of the unfiltered and untreated hot springs which feed into the pool. When the water gets a bit too scummy, you can always open the sluice gate and let it flush out for a while (but do remember to close it so that the pool will fill up again). I gather that the council flush it like that once a day anyway. I wouldn't recommend immersing your head in the pool or drinking from it, simply because there is a *very slight* risk of amoebic meningitis from amoeba that *may* live in the pool. Having said that, quite a lot of regular/local visitors to the pool do immerse their heads - including children. I have not heard of any cases of amoebic meningitis there though.

    Slartibartfarst - Auckland, NZ    
    Rating: 10/10   18th August 2010
  19. there was scum all over the top we couldnt even see the bottom natural thermal water is usally clear and there were disgusting plasters everywhere and the water wasnt even warm and there was a naked old man in the pool with a bucket and soap..... disgusting we say wouldnt even let our dogs swim in it. wont go again was a waste of time only dipped a toe to feel temp.

    christina and toni - taupo new zealand    
    Rating: 3/10   20th July 2010
  20. Big plus from me and worth the extra k/m's into the country for a free soak at bath temperature. Easy access and good facilities

    Grant - Napier    
    Rating: 8/10   31st May 2010
  21. Amazing!!! How's that, having a pool in the middle of a paddock well thats a first for me. The water is clean and clear, you can see the bubbles rising from the bottom through the natural filter system of the gravel floor. Then taking a step into the water and slowly sinking in deeper till the water is sitting under your chin, it's so relaxing and warm that you don't want to get out. Move around a little and you can feel the heat difference throughout the pool from 37-41 degrease. So in all it is the best, oh and so are the locals!!!

    Hoki    
    Rating: 10/10   8th March 2010
  22. late 1990 was the last time i was there...magic memories...great spot after the sessions at the Woolshed Tavern...Takes me away...

    Mike Galvin {Tiny} - Australia    
    Rating: 10/10   30th October 2009
  23. love the bubbles. They are in the cooler part of the pool, but well worth an hour or 3 of close quarter contact

    david - Taupo    
    Rating: 8/10   26th September 2009
  24. stays hot even after alot of rain

    peter - reporoa    
    Rating: 9/10   21st July 2009
  25. what about otakatak hot pool in reporoa

    peter - reporoa    
    21st July 2009
  26. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!! absolutely fantastic.... the natural setting, stars, hot spring water, great company, great conversations a few wines makes for a night a fun...what can i say but.... ooohh it's romantic.... haha lol!

    7.4 - Auckland    
    Rating: 10/10   31st March 2009
  27. A poor imitation of a genuine hot pool. When I went there their was thick algae atop the water. This is hardly in a natural setting. The concrete pool is on the edge of a paddock. I dipped my finger in, but walked away without risking immersing anything else.

    Robert - Australia    
    Rating: 2/10   25th November 2008
  28. Lovely natural setting. A most enjoyable experience. Late in the evening, noisy parties can be a problem

    JJ - Huntly    
    Rating: 9/10   13th October 2008
  29. Every chance we get to tank up the car and go for that relaxing drive we head off to "Butchers" as we call it. A nice scenic drive of rolling hills and great, green pastures from my little town Putaruru in the South of Waikato. Awesome locals and a handy fish n chip shop nearby, not to mention the quaint Public Bar thats situated not too far from the takeaway shop. Yes, I give this place of free leisure a big thumbs up!

    Helena Moore - New Zealand    
    Rating: 8/10   9th October 2008
  30. awsome hotpool been there nice and hot love the view been there heaps of timessteps are slippery rating i would give it is 10/10

    brandon - upperhutt    
    Rating: 10/10   1st May 2008
  31. Fantastic - clean, hot (almost too hot) and set in a nice paddack surround which is really peacefull. Well maintained too.

    Julie - NZ, Hastings    
    Rating: 9/10   11th October 2007
  32. 9/14 have been to Butchers pool. "When you get in it's warm and when you get out it's freezing'- Charlie "At night it's shallow and during the day its deep' - Daejah. "Some people use it as a nice bath" Israel " You can pull out a metal pole that works like a plug" - Finn

    room2 - reporoa    
    15th August 2007
  33. I have been to this natural pool since I can remember. As my whanau are from all over Rotorua, Kauwerau, Murupara etc... It has changed over the years but is still extremely natural!!!!

    Chrystal Heke - Waikato    
    Rating: 10/10   8th December 2006
  34. manus    
    Rating: 10/10   20th November 2006
  35. Awesome spot - watch the steps... they're slippery!

    Nicky - Wellington    
    Rating: 9/10   30th August 2006
  36. This pool is not owned by the Rotorua settlers but is owned and maintained by the Rotorua District Council for the free use of all. RDC developed the site in 2000 after a generous grant to them for this purpose by the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust. For more info and further verification contact Garry Page, Parks & Recreation Manager with the Rotorua District Council.

    Garry Page - Rotorua    
    3rd January 2006

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Butchers Pool :: Donated by Josephine McLean (resident) Golden Springs
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Donated by Josephine McLean (resident) Golden Springs


Butchers Pool :: Donated by Josephine McLean (resident) Golden Springs
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Donated by Josephine McLean (resident) Golden Springs


Butchers Pool :: Donated by Cheryl Godwin, Hastings, NZ
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Donated by Cheryl Godwin, Hastings, NZ


Butchers Pool :: Donated by Robbie F. Theunissen
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Donated by Robbie F. Theunissen


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