Rotorua: 20 Hot Pools in the Rotorua Region

Interactive Map Showing Hotpools in The Rotorua Region
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Waikite Valley (halfway between Rotorua and Taupo)
The Living Waters of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is located halfway between Taupo and Rotorua and was established in 1972. 10minutes off the main road and well sign posted. Using the natural geothermal water (No chemicals added!) the complex sports a splash pool, sit n soak pool, a brand new tranquil garden pool and 2 private pools (temperature controlled by you!). A short 5 minute walk will take you to the Te Manaroa spring, which is...
Polynesian Spa
Hinemoa Street, Rotorua
In the heart of New Zealand’s geothermal region lies Polynesian Spa, a world-leading, natural mineral bathing and luxury spa retreat, on the tranquil shores of Lake Rotorua. Channelling the geothermal marvels in its backyard, waters from two natural springs are fed into the 27 mineral pools at Polynesian Spa. The slightly acidic Priest Spring relieves tired muscles, aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachael Spring nourish the skin.  Also a retreat for athletes,...
Hell’s Gate – WaiOra Spa and Wellness Centre
State Highway 30, Tikitere, 10km north of Rotorua
Kia Ora and Welcome to Hell Gate, the BEAST of geothermal parks in Rotorua. Rotorua’s first destination spa, Hells Gate has been known as a place of healing and wellbeing for more than 800 years. Its many hot springs laden with minerals, combined with the “silky” smooth geothermal mud from its geothermal activity creates a unique New Zealand spa experience. Let the hot spring sulphurous waters of the “Hurutini” pool, name after a Maori “Princess”...
The Bridge (aka The Secret Spot, aka HotnCold), Waiotapu Stream
Waiotapu Stream, 50km south of Rotorua
Great! Pick your spot and relax, nude or with shorts on! Hotter than kerosene creek! Great place for a a-natural bath. ENJOY Beware of this area - it is a danger to people including health issues that can arise.   
Kerosene Creek
35km south of Rotorua (on the way to Taupo)
The hot spring is a small stream and flows downhill through natural bush. There is a good old kiwi corrugated iron changing shed there. Bathers have excavated small smooth rocks to form their own little hot pools that you can sit next to and enjoy the hot water cascading down. It's a very effective way to ease aches and pains after a hard tramp. It's a good idea to be aware of the dangers...
Tumoana Point Hot Springs
On the southern shore of Lake Rotoiti
Tumoana Point is the Hot Water beach where you dig in the sand, not the main hot pools on lake Rotoiti. If you are in a boat facing the Manupirua hot pools you head to your right and it is a point of land sticking out in to the lake.
Waterfall Spout Bath, Waiotapu
Near Lady Knox Geyser, Waiotapu
There has been a recent report of a serious burn from the hot sand that resulted in hospital treatment. Take extreme care. --- Nice pool, only thigh deep, up to chest if you sit in it. Bush has been cleared at entrance, easier to find now. Bottom of pool a bit slimy and green algae gets stirred up when you walk through pool.
Wairua Stream
Lake Tarawera
It's well worth taking a boat and visiting the Wairua Stream. DOC has cleaned up the stream (which used to be a bit slimy) and built some stairs to get in. The water was lovely and clear when we visited in December 2011 a few days before writing this. It takes less than 1m to walk to the bathing area from the lake's edge. I have been there many times and we have always...
Lake Rotowhero
Lake Rotowhero, Near Waiotapu
Sally Jacksons book, Hot Springs of New Zealand, describes it thus: The temperature of this lake tends to vary - it is usually somewhere in the low thirties. Staying close to this shore is advised, due to possible temperature fluctuations further out. The water deepens quite quickly from the edge.
Kuirau Park Footbaths
Kuirau Park, Rotorua
Great for soaking your feet in. Not for bathing in. Lovely surroundings especially on a very cold grey day, all the steam swirls around you. Take a towel to sit on as the wooden seats do get very wet. Two covered foot pools and one uncovered pool. Stay on the path though as the ground is unpredictable
Maungataniwha Hot Springs
Western part of Te Urewera National Park
There are no established pools, keen bathers will have to build a structure of river stones to hold a tarp, and also work out a collection system. Numerous sources appear from cracks in the cliff face near the river.
Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach)
Lake Tarawera
Situated in the western corner of Lake Tarawera. The hot spring trickles down a small stream and into the lake. As you can see in the picture, you may need to work at collecting large rocks and place them in a circle to keep the hot water in. Rather labour intensive and the sandflies are very annoying! Easiest access is by boat - just look for the steam!
Blue Baths
Government Gardens, Rotorua
Despite playing host to dozens of glamorous galas, gorgeous weddings and glorious corporate functions every year, we have never lost sight of the fact that swimming was what drew people to The Blue Baths back in 1933 when daring mixed bathing (a New Zealand first) adding to the excitement of socialising with family and friends at “the Blueys.” The warm waters of The Blue Baths pools are geothermally heated fresh (not mineral) water. The...
Waitangi Soda Springs
Waitangi River, Lake Rotoma
It has been upgraded and much improved. There are changing sheds and the water is deeper. Cost is $10 per adult (cheaper with a concession card). A good sized pool that drains via a concrete race into a lower deeper pool. Hotter at the top end of the pool. Enjoy the hot water bubbling up around you while streams of warm (and sometimes cooler) water pass you by. The water has a...
Rotoma Holiday Park
Manawahe Road, Rotoma
We were there 7Feb08. Utterly unpretentious Soda Creek a short walk up the road from the holiday park. A bit of ancient concrete as a weir and hot sandy bottom at sitzbath depth. Holiday camp proprietors equally unpretentious. Ive spent hours tracking them down on the internet so we can book for our next trip. No garbage, no tourists. Loved it.
Maurie Kjar Memorial Swimming Pool Complex
Kawerau Town Centre
Kawerau's free, heated pool complex is situated in the middle of the township opposite the Information Centre. There is a large 30 metre pool which is divided by a bulkhead into a 25 metre pool and a 5 metre pool, and two smaller pools for children. All pools have some sun shading. The temperature of these pools varies during the year. During the winter season, which usually starts at the end of the first school...
Awakeri Hot Springs
SH 30, 16km from Whakatane to Rotorua
Great Pool and camping ground. Very good Kitchen and BBQ areas. Also cabins and a walking track
Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools a.k.a. Manupirua Thermal Springs
On the southern shore of Lake Rotoiti
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...
Rotorua Accommodation with Thermal Pools
Rotorua City
**Please mention when you call** Here are the 34 Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Homestays, Backpackers, & Camping Grounds in Rotorua with thermal pools for their guests. Hotels With Thermal Pools Novotel Rotorua Lakeside / Phone: (07) 346 3888 Holiday Inn / Phone: (07) 348 1189 Motels With Thermal Pools Aaryn Court Motel / Phone:(07) 348 9612 Acapulco Motel / Phone: (07) 347 9569 Ambassador Thermal Motel / Phone: (07) 347 9581 Bel Aire Motel / Phone:(07) 348 6076 The Boulevard Motel and Restaurant /...
Hinemoa’s Pool (Wai-Kimihia)
Mokoia Island, Lake Rotorua
Please Note: This hotpool is on private property. You will need to seek permission from the land owner before visiting. Contact details will be listed below if they are available. Sadly we don't have a decent description for this hotpool. Can you write one?
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Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel
Lower pool with gravel base
Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel
Lower riverside pool
Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel
Top pool, formally enclosed prior to recent redevelopment.