Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools a.k.a. Manupirua Thermal Springs

Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools a.k.a. Manupirua Thermal Springs
On the southern shore of Lake Rotoiti
Phone: (07) 345 8070
**Please mention when you call**

Nestled on the secluded shores of Lake Rotoiti, this totally unique NZ experience is open daily, 8am-10pm.  Come and soak up the beauty of Mother Nature and soothing warm qualities of the natural Manupirua hot springs.  After heating up in the pools, cool down by hopping into the lake for a quick dip, or plunge off the water slide.  Grab a drink or a bite to eat at our kiosk cafe. We are a licensed café and have a variety of beer and wine available. Picnics are welcome as we have shaded picnic areas, tables and two barbecues.  If you’re up for it there is also a walk that leads up behind the pools for a spectacular view of the lake below.  Come for a while or for the whole day – you won’t be disappointed! [Management, Manupirua Thermal Springs]


Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools are only accessible by boat. There are a number of public boat ramps to launch your boat at around the lake. When you get here, moor up at one of our 5 jetties – we can accommodate all water vehicles as well as beach space available for jetskis and kayakers. Alternatively, you can visit us on one of our affiliate tours or book the weekend water taxi by visiting our website or getting in touch. [Management, Manupirua Thermal Springs]

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  • 5 Naturally heated hot pools at varying temperatures
  • Water slide & pontoon
  • Nature walk and look-out point
  • Toilets/changing rooms
  • Café selling hot food, ice creams and beverages (as well as wine & beer)
  • Picnic tables/shaded areas and BBQ’s
  • 5 Jetties
Bather Reviews
Wow. What a view!! Set in a slice of paradise. Great set of pools that with different temperature. A nice place to relax with the family. It's a best kept secret. Wish we could drive there though.
Rating: 10/10
Lisa S - Auckland
31th July 2019
Went on a cruise on board the Pure Cruises catamaran in Lake Rotoiti and it was a lovely afternoon. The lake was beautifully peaceful and at one corner is a hidden gem - the Manupirua hot springs, accessible only by boat.
Rating: 10/10
Marie - Australia
13th March 2018
Visited over the weekend. marvelous place. peaceful and tranquil. a real highlight
Rating: 10/10
Martin - nz
28th February 2018
Was here over the weekend - a lot of works has been done and its looking amazing. Awesome place. Excited for the summer ahead and spending it on the lake.
Rating: 10/10
Jeff - NZ
27th November 2017
Such a wicked place! Loved it here. Spent a day soaking in the pools with friends. Highly recommend! :)
Rating: 10/10
Rina - New Zealand
14th October 2017
Beautiful place, been going for years. An amazing place to relax after a long day on the lake!
Rating: 10/10
Morgan -
14th October 2017
Love Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools! We go every summer. Always look forward to it at the end of the year
Rating: 10/10
Anna - Auckland
10th October 2017
Love this place, always a treat visiting. The kids love jumping into the lake after a hot swim. Wonderful location!!
Rating: 10/10
Angela - NZ
05th October 2017
Beautiful location, amazing atmosphere, perfect for couples and families, one of New Zealands hidden gems.
Rating: 10/10
Jonathan Hester - Auckland New Zealand
19th April 2017
Great place for a relaxing break.
Rating: 10/10
Ross - NZ
18th April 2017
Paradise on earth, it's a highlight of our family holiday every year. Beautiful and relaxing in the rain or in the evening and fun in the daytime heating up in the pools and sliding down the slide into the lake. It's always been immaculately clean every time we've been over the years and the managers are friendly.
Rating: 10/10
Nicola - NZ
18th April 2017
Great family atmosphere. Awesome for the kids to slide, bomb and wrestle on the pontoon. You know it's a good place when you struggle to find a spot to park your boat.
Rating: 10/10
Adam - Hamilton
18th April 2017
Awesome ripper of a place beautiful setting and very relaxing
Rating: 10/10
Maurice - New zealand
18th April 2017
Love going to these pools, such a lovely spot, so relaxing and great atmosphere!
Rating: 10/10
Tarina MacKay - Auckland
18th April 2017
There's nothing better than soaking in these hot pools! Options of different pool temps is a really nice feature and I really like that every pool is emptied, cleaned and refilled every day. My family holidays at Lake Rotoiti almost every summer and they all love going to the pools, there's enough to keep all age groups happy. There's plenty of easy access boat parking and change room and toilet facilities and a snack bar! I can't wait to go back!
Rating: 10/10
Tracey - Auckland
18th April 2017
Have been to Lake Rotoiti for summer holidays 7yrs in a row, and my highlight of my holidays are going to these hot pools, love going for a refreshing swim in the lake then hopping straight into the pools.
Rating: 10/10
Paula Johnson - Hamilton
18th April 2017
This place is a real gem. Won't find a better place in NZ to relax and take in the scenery.
Rating: 10/10
Bryan - Auckland
18th April 2017
One of NZ's best hidden paradise's !
Rating: 10/10
Brad - NZ
18th April 2017
Love it, perfect for relaxing in after wakeboarding and dinner
Rating: 10/10
Jason - Auckland NZ
18th April 2017
Visited many many times as a kid, I have some wonderful memories of the pools and the hot/cold challenges. Its an amazing place with beautiful atmosphere. They are something I miss very much about NZ.
Rating: 10/10
Mike Allis - Sydney, Australia
9th November 2009
At 52 years of age this was the first time I have been to this heavenly location ! I think the fact that these pools are only accessible by boat is what gives it so much character and if you compare this amazing experience the price is peanuts.
Rating: 10/10
Grant Hannah - NEW ZEALAND
3rd June 2014
Just return here after a fifteen year absence, but for the first 45 years of my life these featured predominantly in all my holidays and those of most of my extended family. Certainly now in the public domain, with cruise ships in Tauranga shuttling visitors to Otaramarae where kayaks are utilised to get to the pools. Add in the charter boats out of various spots on the Lake and exclusivity and small numbers look to be a thing of the past. However, they don't stay long, and we *originals* can get back to doing what we do best ~ staring out at the lake with the sound of gentle water under the trees… dreaming in warm healing bliss.
Rating: 10/10
Jools - NZ
1st December 2013
It is so difficult to get information on this venue. Yes by boat I get that but there is no info on how and where unless you want to take a 2 hour cruise... is that the only way to get there ? Is there a web site ? I can't locate one with any real information or photographs etc. Thanks !
Rating: -/10
Rachel Benmayor - Australia
30th October 2013
Great place however since the recent fee hike $10 now for adults, just to expensive . We used to go 5-10 times a year. Will not be going again
Rating: 5/10
Eric - New Zealand
2nd January 2013
I used to go here all the time when I was at primary school. Such awesome memories
Rating: 10/10
Hugo Carr -
14th November 2012
My favourite hotpools since forever.
Rating: 10/10
Carly Scapens - Tauranga
2nd November 2012
WOw have enjoyed this great location for over 40 years, being accessioble by boat is the beauty of this secluded spot. We have taken many people over the years for a swim and the say this is one the highlights of nz visit. one of our little secrets. there on 3/2 and only ones there.
Rating: 10/10
steve - tauranga nz
17th February 2012
Our family have been coming to these pools since my dad was a boy. I believe my Grandfather was involved in building in the concrete enclosures around the pools. The pools differ in temperature from mild to hot hot hot - there is a hot spout for bad backs in one. A visit on a clear night is very special, you can gaze up at the most star strewn sky you have ever seen and if you are patient watch satellites go past. Manupirua is simply magic.
Rating: 10/10
Rhett Mansel -
22nd June 2011
Have been going since I was a kid. Most amazing place and experience. Lovely pools and great fun diving off the highest pole on the jetty and into the lake. Something special for us boaties =D
Rating: 10/10
- NZ
25th May 2011
So many childhood memories from the 1960s. Stayed in a bach on the other side and soaked in these pools many a time. Not so flash then - dirt surrounds but the experience was one of a kind.
Rating: 9/10
Cathy - Australia
7th December 2010
I started coming here aged 11, in 1966. I lived overseas for 25 years but visited most summers. Been back 10 years, they were one of my reasons for coming home. My son (10) loves them like I do.
Rating: 10/10
Murray Dawson - Hamilton
4th December 2010
These pools are privately owned and the Maori trust that owns them allows the public the use for a small fee. So I am not surprised the 3 boats and 19 people were told to go. It is not a fun park.Also they are not promoted as a tourist destination, so just as well the lady is crossing them off her agency's list. No wonder the man was rude, probably thought' great more tourists' !
Rating: -/10
Ros Black - Kaukapakapa
1st May 2010
Loved this place! Just bliss to be able to soak in the hot pool and look out at the lake, and think of others at work in cold UK! Lovely to be able to kayak there and we had the place to ourselves. No one about, so put the money in the honesty box.
Rating: 8/10
sarah - england
17th February 2009
Visited early 08. threatened by the manager and a large dog. We were 1 of 3 boats 5 familys 19 of us of various ages. we wanted to use the pools whilst entertaing kids on sea buscuit just off shore. then confronted by the Manager. this is not acceptable. We wont be coming back. Im a member of biggest boating club in NZ really sad to give this feed back but the man was really unpleasant.
Rating: -/10
Allan - nz
19th December 2008
i lived here as a kid it was and is my fav place. being boat only is great keeps most away
Rating: 10/10
m atkin - rotorua
5th June 2008
"Heaven On Earth" is the best way to discribe this little gem of NZ!! Topped off with the Hosts Barry & Toni who are tops in caring and maintaining the beauty of what a Hot Springs visit should be !! Kia Ora
Rating: 10/10
Belle Oftheball - Hollywood
19th April 2008
i travel the world exstensivly,and wanted somewhere unique to see and experience.i phoned the add in the yellow pages it was answered by an extreamly pleasent man who gave us good local knowledge on how to get there an by different means.we have never been to such a unique an spiritual have lake rotoiti to cool off in such clear sparkling water.a must on any ones cards
Rating: 10/10
tango zoolander - england
19th April 2008
This is perhaps my favourite spot in the world. The pools are so peaceful, the lack of road access keeps large tourist groups away. If you can hire a boat or kayaks then you will love a day on the lake, finished off with a soak in the pools.
Rating: 10/10
Sam - Auckland
4th September 2006
Rang up to enquire about these pools and the rudest man answered the phone grunted and hung up!! crossed these pools straight off the sight seeing agenda for my tour agency. Unbelievable!!
Rating: -/10
marilyn murphy - auckland
10th July 2006
These are a nice set of pools that vary in temperature. The only problem is that these pools are only accessible by boat.
Rating: 7/10
Brendon Shervell - NZ
11th August 2005
I love these hotpools. I have been coming here since I was a kid. You need a boat to access the pools which come people see as a negative, but I think it just adds to the character of the pools. Best of all, when you get too hot, you can cool off by jumping into Lake Rotoiti about 5 metres away. Beautiful.
Rating: 8/10
Adrian Duigan - Auckland
11th August 2005
Know anywhere else in the world where you can sail in a small dinghy to hot springs and enjoy a soak in a range of pools of different temperatures combined with a dive off the jetty into a cold lake to sharpen you up a bit. If you like gazing out at all the hardware parked on the jetties thats fine but the passing parade of bodies is far more interesting. Large pohutakawas dropping onto you in the pool are one of the more unusual hazards.
Rating: 8/10
Stuart - Riverhead
11th August 2005

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