Morere Hot Springs

Morere Hot Springs
State Highway 2, Morere
Phone: (06) 837 8856
**Please mention when you call**

A popular local amenity in a unique bush location. Large outdoor hot and cold public pools, two stunning private pools overlooking the bush and stream.

Unique therapeutic hot mineral pools set in one of the largest tracts of lowland rainforest remaining on the East Coast of New Zealand, which is home to a wide range of native trees and native birdlife. Magic place to visit, a must stop spot on the east coast

Reopened Nov 2011 after slip damage closed it for 7 months (April 2011 – Nov 2011)


40 mins south of Gisborne and 35 mins noth of Wairoa on SH 2. [Wendy Gibb]

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Bather Reviews
Down to relax for a few days on wedding aniv. Stayed at the lodge and went up to pools both afternoons. It was amazing, refreshing, relaxing and very hood unwind in beautiful surroundings. Once I got used to the plunge pool I found it really good. Fantastic, we're planning to come back 2x per yr if possible. Carole, Whangarei, Northland
Rating: 10/10
Carole - Clark
22th November 2019
Called in to try the Morere Hot Springs on our way to Gisborne. What an absolute delight! Not only a variety of hot pools but a temperate swimming pool and lovely bush walks. The hottest of the Nickau pools was a tad too hot for us but the middle one was great. We also paid the extra to have a private pool for 1/2 hour. What bliss! No need for togs and the water was beautifully hot. We sat and gazed out at the native trees and ferns. The water here at Morere is salty and has a faint tarry smell, unlike many pools with their sulphur smells. We enjoyed the visit so much that we went back 3 days later on our return from Gisborne.
Rating: 9/10
Bernard - Bournemouth UK
04th March 2018
What a well-kept secret! These off the beaten track springs are delightful. I visited in May 2013. I did the walk up the slight hill to the Nikau Pools, one cold, one hot and one super-hot, and they are all salty because the water comes from the ancient sea bed. The pools themselves are stainless steel and hold 6-8 bathers. The change rooms were very wet because of the rain and it was difficult to keep my things dry while changing. I stayed there till after dark when the manager came up on his bike to boot us all out, he kindly gave me a troch to find my way back as the path is not lit. My only suggestions would be to have a sign to say you will need to take water/drink as the hot salty water is VERY dehydrating, also better roofing over the change rooms so the floor doesn't get wet. As a slightly disabled person, I would also appreciate maybe a little golf cart thing (maybe for an extra charge?? worth it) to get up to the pools and back, as waiting for a knee replacement meant a longish walk with some pain for me.
Rating: 9/10
Jane W. - Victoria, Australia
21st April 2014
What a nice place to relax. Friendly owners who were very helpful. The Nikau Palms are spectacular. The best i have ever seen. The spa was great. Can't wait to return to do the long walk. Thanks for a great afternoon.
Rating: 10/10
Ivor - Wellington
5th November 2012
Beautiful enviroment. Hot pools "Delicious!" Morere is a natural place which has one of Nz's natural gifts. Well worth a day trip from Gisborne, Napier. Even when the rain is pouring down! Be careful to have good walking shoes as after your soak the body is so relaxed it is hard to move the legs back to the car! Take the kids! The legs will move if only not to be outdone!
Rating: 10/10
Jenny - Auck/NZ
24th June 2007
Awesome place to go an relax, unwind utilize the col pool and the thermal pool below if you wnat something inspiring talk a short walk up to the top three plunge pools and have a go!!
Rating: 8/10
Channelle Rickard - Wairoa
21st October 2013
Morere is back up and operating 7days a week under new management
Rating: -/10
Wendy Gibb -
21st September 2012
Pools reopened Nov 2011
Rating: -/10
Barry Page - Auckland
10th January 2012
I went here 10 years ago & loved it, but I just tried to ring them (12 June 2011)(06) 837 8856, and there is a recorded message saying it will be closed due to flood damage for another 4 months. Its a long way to go if you don't check first!
Rating: 10/10
Geri - Australia
12th June 2011
Great pools there. The nice thing is the short hike through the bush to get to the pools. There is also a beautiful bush hike loop on premises. I'll go there again. -Ed
Rating: 9/10
Ed Huber - Lake Placid/USA
4th January 2011
lack of goverment spending on these pools over the decades resulting in a potential tourism gem going down the creek
Rating: 2/10
max - wairoa
10th October 2010
I found this springs to be disgusting. The property was not well kept. The springs were filthy and in disrepair. The owner or whoever it was runnning the front desk didn't seem to care. The rest of the facilities looked depressed and as though they were struggling financially. I would not waste your time with this place.
Rating: 1/10
Steve M - Los Angeles USA
18th June 2010
Awesome pools, always stop in or stay locally to go there.
Rating: 9/10
Martin - Auckland
7th October 2008
Morere has the best hot pools ever!!! i love going there, we go there every boxing day lol real kooL man haha!!
Rating: 8/10
Patience Tipuna - Frasertown New Zealand!!!
10th June 2008
I am a local from Nuhaka and as a child have been going there for years. Morere Hot Springs has always been somewhere comfortable to go to and relax, the staff are awesome. But i do agree with the other responses, making a rock pool and painting the inside would enhance the place, i reckon it is about time Morere had a face lift, other then that, Morere Hot Springs is the Place to be!!!!!!
Rating: 9/10
Desiree smith - Nuhaka/Ōtaki
2nd September 2007
The nikau pools would be better if a more natural looking pool was made, ie stone or something, instead of the steel which looks out of place in such a beautiful environment. I also feel that the large indoor hot pool would benefit greatly if the walls were painted with beautiful new zealand art, it would really enhance the bathing experience, as it looks a little jaded at the moment. A great day out, very enjoyable.
Rating: 7/10
Alana Sinclair - Gisborne, New Zealand
24th March 2006
Unexpectedly good! Would be perfect if the pool was a rockpool instead of stainless steel and have an additional hotter pool. Still, I really enjoyed it and our 1YO and 2YO enjoyed it also!
Rating: 9/10
Chichi - Marrickville, Sydney, Australia
18th March 2006
Well kept pools of different temperature.
Rating: 7/10
Gillian - Sydney, Australia
25th October 2005
A popular local amenity in a unique bush location. Large outdoor hot and cold public pools, two stunning private pools overlooking the bush and stream, and "Nikau" pools among the bush. With Tea Rooms nearby, bush walks into the hills, and Mahia beaches nearby, an increasingly popular spot!
Rating: 10/10
Leo - Nuhaka
11th August 2005
My favorite hot pools in NZ. Beautiful place, soak in the pools surrounded by native bush and birds, Excellent facilities inside the park - bbq's, picnic gazebos, refreshments.
Rating: 10/10
S Clarkson - Wellington NZ
11th August 2005
This is the most beautiful hotsprings I have visited.Nestled in remote native NZ bush.It has BBQ facilities, one large pool under cover,Two private pools overlooking native bush, while listening to a near by stream and Native Tui's. There are three more pools at varying temperatures that can be sought after a short 5 min walk offering the same veiws and sounds of native NZ forests. Beautiful....
Rating: 10/10
mark - NZ
24th July 2005

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