Wren Creek Hot Springs, Cedar Flats

Wren Creek Hot Springs, Cedar Flats
West Coast
Toaroha River, 30km southeast of Hokitika
Description

The hot pools are located about 10min walk from the Cedar Flat huts. The main pool (and hottest) is located on the opposite side of Wren Creek to where you arrive and is situated right beside the cliff wall. It was dug deep enough for four of us and we had to add 6 buckets of cold water to be able to get in. Was wonderful and the sandflies were minimal (but still there). We didn’t go to the other pool further up the river as others at the hut had mentioned that it was about 17degrees (compared to the 40degree pool we were in). Would expect, however, that when the creek became flooded the pool may disappear and need to be re-dug. [Carrie, Christchurch]

Sep 2014: Main pool further up valley (Close to Hotel Ruins) are better, deeper and (normally) a comfortable 45 degrees C. If colder it means cold river water is infiltrating pool. This normally post flood [Ben Moore, NZ]

Directions

Drive from Hokitika east to Kaniere then continue to Kokatahi. Turn left and follow Upper Kokatahi Rd for approximately 11km and turn right onto Middlebranch Rd.Once at the carpark follow the track up the Toaroha River to Cedar Flats, allowing approximately 4 hrs. [Steve Hudson]

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Bather Reviews
4
Good heat. They often get filled with gravel by floods & need digging out/building up to make deep enough. Great when properly constructed!
Rating: 7/10
Trevor Kaniere - Kehutahi
01th March 2011
3
It's NOT private property! Who says it is?? It's all on public conservation land [Thanks for letting me know Robert! I have made that change - Sheldon]
Rating: 10/10
Robert S - Hokitika
03th March 2010
2
Feb 08 main hot pool was well built up with room for four. Hot enough to require slow entry, and of course exit... muddy bottom but plenty of flat sitting on rocks, remove these when you leave so they are clean for next weary bodies.
Rating: -/10
Mike Newport - Blaketown
10th February 2008
1
The other pool is a few more mins upstream on the other side of the creek. The water seeps from under some large rocks (covered with tall grasses). Silty sand might need digging out...depends on the last flood. However nearby are some neat COLD pools in water-worn rocks. JR
Rating: 3/10
JR - NZ
16th March 2007

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