Mungo River Hot Springs

Mungo River Hot Springs
Mungo River Hot Springs
West Coast
In the heart of the Southern Alps

Remote and rarely visited, it takes about 2 days to reach this geothermic wonder. The most direct way to this beautiful place is via the Toaroha Valley. Once at the head of the valley, climb the saddle and drop into the Mungo River. Take the track upstream to Mungo Hut. [Tim Lucas, New Zealand]


These springs are near the Mungo River and Brunswick Creek confluence not far below the DOC Mungo hut. There are springs above and below the confluence. [Trevor Kaniere, Kehutahi NZ]

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Bather Reviews
I was at the Mungo hot springs recently. The upper one which is on the True Left of the Mungo River approximately 60metres above the confluence with Brunswick Creek appears to be full of gravel & needs digging out. It is easy to detect because of the strong localised sulphur smell. The lower spring is also on the True Left of the Mungo but at least 300m below the confluence with the Brunswick. It currently is in the form of a shallow hot water stream (nice bath temperature) which could easily be channelled into a bath if one was constructed with a bit of shovel work. The digging appears good in fine silt & gravel. The map reference for this lower spring which incidentally doesn't smell as sulphury as the upper one is NZTM2000 E1452034 N5233856. [Topo50 Maps] Both the springs have small rock cairns nearby (presumably markers). NB As another correspondent has said it is a serious tramp to reach these springs. Most trampers take two days. Fording of the Mungo River and particularly Brunswick Creek can be problematic even in fine weather.
Rating: -/10
Trevor Kaniere - New Zealand
6th February 2012

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